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By WW
June 5 2017

The old season has ended. Yorkshire finished, as expected, second and did not get promoted to the Premiership. That dubious honour went to London Irish. Rotherham finished bottom but, thanks to the demise of London Welsh, did not get relegated. Next season we will be visiting old haunts and a new one....

Hartpury College swept all before them in National 1 to gain promotion to the Championship. Hartpury is situated in deepest Gloucestershire, west of the river Severn. The rugby club was founded in 2004 and the first team pitch is adjacent to Gloucester RFC's training ground. Unsurprisingly then there are close ties between the 2 clubs and it is possible, given the number of dual registered players that Hartpury will have (it is rumoured) next season then the club could be seen as the Glaws 2nd team. Certainly it cannot be given any credibility as an independent club as the fanbase was one of the smallest in Nat1 last season.

The college has spent millions developing it's sports facilities and a tie-in with Glaws seems like a good fit ( just like our tie up with Leeds Met) Hartpury absolutely smashed it in Nat 1. They may take a few games to adjust to Championship rugby but expect the newbies to be right up in the top 4 by Christmas, adding a whole new dynamic to the league.

My all-time favourite no. 8, Rhys Oakley, played for the college boys last season. It would be nice to see him back in LS6 next season! Whatever happens on the field there will be an opportunity to visit a "new" club next season and to spend a weekend in the southwest without  visiting either Bristol or Exeter. Any takers?

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Wildwillie (IP Logged)
09/06/2017 14:44
So a trip to Gloucestershire at the end of September then?

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headingleytyke (IP Logged)
09/06/2017 15:16
Looks like we won't have the smallest attendency from home fans then

 
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Wildwillie (IP Logged)
09/06/2017 18:07
No but we can expect a steady leaching of the dwindling fan base if we do not step up to the plate and win our opening games - all four are winnable!

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11/06/2017 07:22
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No but we can expect a steady leaching of the dwindling fan base if we do not step up to the plate and win our opening games - all four are winnable!

But what sort of team will we be putting out, most of the 'Stand Out' players from the last 2 seasons have left and recruitment appears to have stagnated.

I reckon we have 1 or 2 seasons left to gain promotion before the club's financial backers pull out and LEEDS/YORKSHIRE Tykes disappear as there is no old club to fall back on unlike London Welsh. The family silver of the Kirkstall/Roundhay grounds has been sold and any money piled into the professional team and the WPL facilities. As professional rugby cannot be played at the Sycamores the demise of the professional era is going to be sooner rather than later.

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Wildwillie (IP Logged)
11/06/2017 10:39
Davies, Elder,West, Beech, Stedman and the Mayhem brothers all stood out for me last season. Plenty to look forward to next season.

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JDH (IP Logged)
11/06/2017 13:57
I am looking forward to next season. A few more hidden gems to add to the squad and we are ready to go.

 
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dragon27 (IP Logged)
19/06/2017 11:50
Hartbury are a nice, young, well mannered team and they're all good to their mothers, so if you're coming down don't bring Haxby.

 
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headingleytyke (IP Logged)
19/06/2017 12:11
For once we will out number the home fans. So the game will be between baths 2nd 15 and Gloucestershire 2nd 15

 
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Wildwillie (IP Logged)
20/06/2017 05:16
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Hartbury are a nice, young, well mannered team and they're all good to their mothers, so if you're coming down don't bring Haxby.

Can we assume from your message that your lad will be turning out for Hartpury next season?

(Sm134)

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Zandra YaPoI (IP Logged)
20/06/2017 06:42
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Hartbury are a nice, young, well mannered team and they're all good to their mothers, so if you're coming down don't bring Haxby.

Dragon, how we have missed you!!!

Hope Baby Dragon is ok. Hope to see you back at HC this season!

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John R (IP Logged)
20/06/2017 07:37
I'm with Zan on this!

Two of our finest colleagues.

 
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dragon27 (IP Logged)
24/06/2017 07:17
Hi all
Looking forward to seeing you all, Rhys is a player, captain and coach so he should be involved somehow in the games against Leeds.

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