Squad announcements

After a successful 2nd Touch Nationals and Spring training sessions, the England Touch High Performance team and elite coaches have announced players for the upcoming 2013 Home Nations championships.



Ben Powell
Benjamin Meakin
Benjamin Smith
Clint Rowling
Dan Mendis
Dan Rowling
Dominic Tripp
Gareth McRae
James Heptonstall
James Knoop
Justin Conway
Matthew Myerson
Michael Stibbs
Paul Smuts
Shaun Bengsten
Simon Whitnall

Coach: Ben Smith
Manager: Helen Waters



Sarah Acheson
Jade Grantham
Nina Gulati
Susannah Hudson
Kylie Hutchison
Emily Kelly
Susan Kidd
Benita Lee
Morgan Ogle
Sam Powles
Elizabeth Riley
Lucy Snape
Pam Tomlinson
Natasha Verniquet
Angela Verniquet
Marnie Wills

Coach: Tim Obsborne
Manager: Crystal Ravencroft



Alison Hogg
Bridget McNamara
Leah Cuthberthson
Lisa Finegan
Anna Smuts
Meghan Clayton
Lucy Clark
Noel Forde
Adam Reid
Clark Hobson
Jordan Melling
James Robinson
Shaun Hopkins
Gabe Pennington
Jake Melling
Zhayne Nel

Coach: Noel Forde
Assistant Coach: John Hood
Team Manager: Paul Conrad



Nathan Bourke
Ruez Durrani
Peter Ellyatt
John Howells
Amro Karim
Richard King
Nelson Mcmillan
Christopher Wall
Richard Jones
Christian Garland
Nicholas Matenga

Coach: Mike Roa
Assistant Coach: Tracy Lee Andrews
Team Manager: Anna Jennings



Jacqueline D’Alpuget
Caroline Evans-Jones
Allison Griffiths
Katrina Spring
Helen Waters
Cathy Spencer
Suzanne Wilson
Sharise Wilkenson
Julie Walker
Zoe Parish
Jen Palmer
Kate Hydes
Linda Tamakaha
Alice Watchorn
Morenike Williams
Lesley McCallion

Coach: Ted Mahutariki
Assistant Coach: Marnie Wills



Jon Lovell
Gregg Cropper
Martin Wright
Simon Clare
Jason Grace
Jose Luis Dias
Jonny Acheson
Rebecca Yousefian
Sarah Rosenburg
Tamsin Openshaw
Joelene Hughes
Sacha Swift Smith
Leanne Simm
Julia Kang

Coach: Jon Lovell
Manager: Ben Powell



Sefo Barinisavu
Neil Bowden
Stephen Cleary
David Cope
Russell Gould
Mike Hills
Duncan Jeffry
Nathan Joyce
Travis Kenny
Bruce Kirby
Jason Logan
Toby Reid
Mike Roa
Justin Stokoe
Mark Thomas

Coach: Mike Roa
Assistant Coach: Nathan Joyce
Manager: Georgia Yurkwich-Spink



Alex Hughes
Brett Milligan
Ian Moody
Jeff Bimson
John Banks
Keith Dunleavy
Mark Swift
Paul Ainscough
Pete Flanagan
Piers Mitchell
Puila Tuiono
Simon Witton
Steve Madden
Terry Careswell
Gene Macdonald

Coach: Jeff Bimson
Assistant Coach: Steve Melling
Manager: Kirsty Eastwood


CTS 3 – Entries now OPEN

Entries are now open for the 3rd CTS of the 2013 season.
When: 29th June 2013
Where: Widnes RUFC, Heath Rd, WA87NU
Cost: £150
Contact: haltontouch@gmail.com

Touch Competition with Bournemouth 7s Festival

Bournemouth 7s is proud to be affiliated to the the England Touch Association this year.

So what are you doing during the May bank holiday weekend (24-26th May 2013)?  Why not enter your team into the Bournemouth 7s Festival Touch competition (mixed or men’s) and get involved in what’s set to be an amazing weekend of Touch mixed in with a myriad of other sports – including sporting challenges – live music, partying and entertainment all day and well into the night for those who are strong enough    Bournemouth 7s Festival and the England Touch Association have partnered ahead of this year’s festival to further promote Touch.

Not convinced?  Here’s some video footage from the 2012 Bournemouth 7s Festival.


As an England Touch fan, here’s your chance to win a FREE Team Entry to the Bournemouth 7s Festival 2013.  Simply answer this question:

– “What company did the owners launch at Bournemouth 7s Festival 2012?”

– Send your answers via e-mail to: Nelson@englandtouch.org.uk  Winners will be announced week commencing 13th May 2013.

Check out some of last year’s Touch photos below.  2012 saw the Thames Valley Vikings squad win the Mixed Touch Cup. Can you enter a team of contenders in 2013?

1. Thames Valley Vikings Mixed Touch squad pose for a picture before Bournemouth 7s Touch tournament game one.









2. The Vikings were honoured on the main stage of the festival as they receive their trophy in front of cheering crowds.









3.  Everyone can be a winner at the Bourenmouth 7s festival.  The Vikings treated themselves to a post-final jacuzzi with champagne and a main pitch view of the 7s finals.









4.  As the sun-set the party and festival atmosphere continued late into the night.  Fancy dress is the name of the game at Bournemouth 7s, what will your squad don to impress in 2013?









If you’re thinking about entering a team then do it.  It’s an unmissable weekend, visit the Bournemouth 7s website to enter your squad.

– We are England Touch.