Tri Nations Training Camp

Manchester recently hosted the Tri Nations Training Camp giving the England, Wales and Scotland squads and referees a chance to have a run out against each other to hone their skills in preparation for the forthcoming World Cup.

The wet and windy Manchester weather didn’t dampen the spirits of the competitors too much, as the 24 games went ahead full steam.

England’s High Performance Team and coaches were very happy with their squads’ performance, having only lost 2 games all day, but more importantly having had the chance to gauge their teams performance in competitive games against high quality opposition.

Mike Abromowitz (High Performance Director of England Touch) said “The games against our Scottish and Welsh neighbours were a great opportunity for all the teams to assess how their preparations were going and what improvements and changes needed to be made before the World Cup at the end of June. The overall standard of Touch was very high and all the countries looked like they have stepped things up since last years European Championships”

Bruce Lockie (National Director for Referees in England) added, “The Tri Nations event provided an opportunity for the Home Nation referees to experience the anticipated standard of teams in this year’s World Cup.

Through being able to referee full length games and utilise the triple referee system (which is not normally accessible for local league competitions), the referees were able to implement current trends of the game through coaching from Lucas Von Hoff, the European Referee Director and other referee coaches.”

Huddersfield University provided excellent physiotherapy cover for all the players and referees for the day. This unique opportunity for the student volunteers allowed the students to practice the skills learned at the University in a real time setting. The experience enabled the undergraduates to develop communication, decision making skills and clinical reasoning in highly pressured scenarios.

The students were supervised by Senior lecturers from the University, Emma Knott and Jonathan Flynn and senior clinicians Cari Thorpe and Karen Flynn. Jonathan commented on the student’s professionalism and the excellent cover that they provided on the day, reflected by the minimal amount of input that the qualified staff had to provide.

Both the physiotherapy cover and consumables were provided by the University free of charge, with donations going to the University’s chosen charity ‘Help for Heroes’.

England Touch would like to thank everyone who helped on the day and specifically the organisers of the event Gregg Cropper and Julie Walker, who said “We were privileged to host such an event in the Northwest. After weeks of planning the event ran very smoothly (bar the weather) and the feedback from all the teams and referees involved was a positive one. We wish all the teams the best of luck against the rest of the world in June”

Results from the day can be seen here: Tri Nations Training Camp – Results

To see more photos of the day, go here: Photos
(Photos courtesy of Vincent Abbey and Huw Buckey)

MR7s Social Touch – Round up

A wet and windy Sunday in Manchester didn’t put off the die hard Touch players in this weekend’s event.

6 teams battled it out against the elements to be crown MR7s social Touch Champions.

Manchester Chargers, Bareback Riders, Widnes Touch, Oakfield House, Megasaurus Northern and The Scratchies played a round robin style competition, the team with the most points after their 5 games would be crowned the winners!

Winners of the Competition, were the Bareback Riders, Team captain Eddie Sanjuan collecting the trophy below

Runners up were Widnes Touch

And the Wooden spoon prize, went to the newcomers Oakfield house…

A great day of Touch was had by all, a big thanks to the referees, helpers and pitch managers who made the day run smoothly… see you all next year!

London Champs Touch Event

The 11th London Touch Champs will be held on the 4th June 2011 at Old Deer Park, Richmond. In partnership with the London 10s and RugbyRocks7s the event will see some top class Rugby 7’s, 10’s and TOUCH, as well as headline music from The Pigeon Detectives and live DJ set from Xfms Eddie Temple Morris on the Saturday evening.

The London Touch Champs is now in its 11th year and will showcase this year at the festival on the 4th June, with Open Men’s and Women’s divisions and a social Mixed touch competition. Men’s and Women’s teams will play 30 minute games.

The social mixed division is open to all teams- please note you can not have super league or international representative players in the social mixed division.

In between the games there is something for everyone with Food and Drink stalls (Pimm’s will be on offer!!), Kidszone, and the headline concert– your entry fee includes access to the rugby rocks music concert on the Saturday evening. Register your team today at for what promises to be a fantastic event. Additional tickets for friends and supporters can also be ordered from

Ultra Fit

This months Ultra Fit magazine features a 4 page article on playing Touch (ultra-FIT vol 21 digital issue 4).

Go online and order/download your issue now.

See the article on Touch by clicking the photo below!

Thames Valley Touch Tournament – Round up

For the first time in 3 years the sun came out for a Thames Valley Touch Tournament as the first swallow of summer appeared in the sky. We were delighted to welcome 9 womens teams and 10 mens showcasing the top touch talent from across the country to the Berkshire County Sports Ground in Reading.

The number of teams created an interesting formatting dilemma for the organising committee but several iterations later we had the ladies in a round-robin tournament and the men in a normal pool / knock-out competition. Fortunately for the touch lovers out there it meant a total of 54 games scheduled for the day.

With the women in a round-robin tournament a long day for the teams was on the card – 8 games each and 160 minutes of touch. Fierce competition was had throughout but it all came down to the game between the Sjank Mamas and the Welsh Womens team that took place midway through the draw. Both teams undefeated before and after this game it was tense to the end, the final whistle at 1-1 an interception and length of pitch sprint saw the Welsh Womens snatch the game.

The men were split into 2 seeded pools with each team playing each other within the pool. Legionnaires and Custard were top of their respective groups but moving into the knock-out stages things didn’t go the way of the seedings. Legionnaires were floored by a post whistle score from the Manchester Chargers Chaps.

The final schedule of games saw Cambridge and Charger Chaps through to the Bowl final which Cambridge narrowly clinched 1 score to nil whilst the Cup final was a fiercely contested affair between Saxon Storm and Custard Barstuds, the former winning by 2 touchdowns to 1 to take the glory.

Presentation time!

Runners up of the Womens Competition were the Sjank Mamas

Winners of the Womens Competition were the Welsh Women

Winners of the Bowl Competition in the Mens Division were Cambridge

Winners of the Cup Competition in the Mens Division were the Legionnaires


So now the biggest thank you of the event – the referees – a fantastic effort on a lovely hot day, as you know, we couldn’t have done it without you!

Finally an apology for the colour blind amongst you! We’ll be talking to our paint suppliers for the NTS on the 23rd July. Hope you all had a great day, we certainly did and hope to see you in July.

Trivia Night

The England WO in an attempt to raise held a great ‘Trivia Night’ recently at GJ’s pub..

Family and Friends showed their support making up a total number of 5 teams

10 rounds of questions ranging from general knowledge, sport, celebrities, animals etc. Some ‘specials questions’ put in for enjoyment included which country? and an Audio round where teams had to guess the Actors and Movies.
Spot prizes where given out throughout the night for those teams that answers all questions right in each round.
Just to make things interesting all teams where able to ‘pay to play’ bonus rounds, where points where doubled for that round.
Also 2 games where played during the intervals.
1) ‘Throw the coin closest to the Jaeger bottle’ (Snappy title huh!), after some clinical measuring (with a flip flop!)
the winner of this was Belinda from Trivia Newton John.

2) Spot the ball, was won by Doug from Quiz Team Aguilea, he won himself a 2011 premier league football limited addition.
The winning team (by only a narrow margin) was Fact Hunt who won themselves goody bags and £150 bar tab to spend at the host venue Gj’s, Wandsworth London.
The ‘Best team name’ was won by Trivia Newton Johns, they won themselves a case of beers
Big thanks to all those that supported us we were able to raise £625, which will go towards our much needed physio fee’s, ice bath, strapping, etc.

NTS Round 1 Round Up

Saturday 16 April saw the first leg of the 2011 National Touch Series arrive in Nottingham.  20 of the best teams in the country came together to compete for the trophies and league points on offer.

Nottingham Trent University’s Clifton Campus, the new home of Touch in Nottingham, was the setting for an enthralling day of action which saw many hotly contested matches.
The Cup competition was won by London Galaxy after a thrilling match against London Otters, with the score finishing at 6-4.
The Bowl final saw an end to end game finish 4-3 to Statue Bro, who just held off the challenge of the Bareback Riders.
The Plate was secured when Durkas beat the Thames Valley Vikings 3-2.
The Shield was taken home by Oxford Touch after a closely fought final against Ghetto Touch ended 2-1.
The Salver final was a high scoring match that saw home side Perfect Motion overcome Bath Shortstriders 10-5.
The closeness of all the finals and indeed the knockout matches beforehand continues to demonstrate the improving quality of the competition.
Chris Simon of Perfect Motion said: “It was a great day for Touch today.  The sun was out, the pitches were in great condition and everyone played with a smile on their face.  There was a fantastic atmosphere around the tournament as there has been since the inception of the NTS three years ago.  We always enjoy having the teams in Nottingham and were proud to host the first leg this year.  We’d just like to wish all of the players the best for the rest of the series and hope that all of the England players enjoy a successful World Cup.”
The next leg of the series is in London on 9 July.
Enjoy a selection of photos below…

Cambridge Men’s and Ladies tournament

Saturday 21st May – 9:00am registration – approx 5:00pm finals

Cambridge Rugby Club – Granchester Rd, Cambridge, CB3 9ED
£150 per team
Maximum 14 players per team
Changing and shower facilities available
Open to all grades and abilities
To enter email