Exeter Spring Mixed Touch Tournament

Exeter Touch Rugby, in conjunction with Wessex RFC is thrilled to announce that it will be hosting a Spring Mixed Touch Rugby Tournament on 2 May 2015 at Wessex RFC, Flowerpot Fields, Exeter, a stones throw from the mainline railway station and the historic City Centre.

The Tournament will end with a barbeque and prize giving back at the Exeter Brewery Tap bar, to sample some award winning local ale, a 5 minute walk from the pitch and handy for the railway station!

The aim of the day is to provide for a competitive level of competition for mixed touch rugby teams and to also increase participation in the sport.

We will be running 4 competitions on the day, which will be pool events, leading to Cup, Bowl, Shield knock out rounds depending on the number of entrants to each section.

1. Elite Teams – 1st/2nd teams of Touch Clubs/Rugby Clubs/Universities.

2. Social & Corporate Teams – For those who want a social day out and enjoy the sun, beer & banter, without running around like Jo Pavey.

3. Under 18s competition.

We are looking forward to welcoming up to 24 teams, so places are limited. Teams entry will cost £72 for 12 players. That is £6 each for a full day, this will help fund the day and pay for the referees, first aid arrangements etc.

Matches will be 6-a-side with 6 Substitutes.
– Two women and one Veteran player (Over 35 on the day of competition) must be playing on the pitch at any given time.
– Fed International Touch playing rules will apply with any exceptions to be confirmed before the tournament.

All players in the Elite and Social players need to be 17 years old or over on the day of the event. The under 18 competition requires all players to be under 18 on the 1/9/14.

Entry fee includes tickets to the Exeter Brewery for the post match social, once again a 5 min walk from the pitch.

On the day you can look forward to:

• Music throughout the day
• A licensed bar with beers from Exeter Brewery
• Food and Hog Roast
• Pre – Match entertainment
• Raffle and prizes for best performances, fancy dress, stash outfits
• Cheerleaders and party atmosphere

The event is over the Bank Holiday weekend and with the Exeter Brewery trip after the match it is a perfect tour venue.

More information and booking

England Touch – In Focus

This week we caught up with the driving force behind the High Performance teams:

How are your preparations going for the 2015 TWC?

In September 2014 after a hugely successful and competitive #TouchNationals and Open Trials, the England Touch High Performance Team and elite coaches selected players to be part of the initial squads for the upcoming 2015 Touch World Cup in Australia. The coaches had a tough job in selecting their squads as the number of players and quality of skill had increased yet again in 2014; a great achievement for Touch in England and Europe as a whole.

Throughout October and November the squads had numerous training sessions and were put through their paces at the All-England Camp at the Rugby School in Warwick.
England’s 16-player Touch World Cup teams were formally announced on November 21.

In the coming 20 weeks, there will be numerous team sessions, along with a further two All-England Camps: one in Loughborough and the final one in Sydney, the week prior to the tournament.


Player from England to watch out for at the 2015 TWC:

Men’s Open

  • Sam Jones: top scorer at the recent European Touch Championships with 37 Touchdowns. A very, very exciting, young talent.
  • Justin Conway: the highest capped England representative (he’ll be able to remind you of the number).

Women’s Open

  • Susannah Hudson: at just 23 years of age, Susannah will be competing in her 5th major international tournament. This is her year to shine against the best in world, with her outstanding game awareness and killer long ball.

Mixed Open

  • Jordan Melling: step, dive, pace, long ball – this young ginger ninja has all the attributes to compete at the top level.

Women’s 27s

  • Sammie Phillips: player, coach, super-mum supreme! With an excellent all round game, watch out for her change of pace and faultless passing.
  • Jen Palmer: a pocket-rocket middle, she will be looking to exploit the smallest of gaps each time she attacks.
  • Julie Walker: playing the best touch of her career – watch out for her intensity in defence and when attacking the opposition line.

Mixed Senior

  • Martin Wright: preparation, fitness and strength underpin Martin’s game – his attitude and presence in the middle will prove crucial in the Mixed Senior team’s bid for success.
  • Julia Kang: with pure speed and great hands, Julia looks after the far wing for Mixed Senior. Julia bagged several touchdowns at the recent European Touch Championships.

Men’s 30s

  • Dan Holland: Dan dominated defensively at the 2014 England Touch Nationals, and is going to be a real asset for the Men’s 30s in their TWC tilt.

Men’s 40s

  • Mike Roa: Mike has moved up from the Men’s 35s to player-coach the Men’s 40s. Mike’s work off the ball and coordination around the ball not only defines his game, but also defines his team’s game.
  • Terry Careswell: Terry provides the unexpected – a flick pas or a burst of speed will be a crucial weapon for the Men’s 40s in line attack.


England are currently sending 7 teams (MO, WO, XO, W2, M30, M40 and XS) to the 2015 TWC, what are your goals for the event?

Further develop our 112 elite players and 7 TWC teams through exposure to the fastest, most intense and longest tournament in international Touch. We have a whole host of youngsters, uncapped players and debutants that we’re looking to expose to the world stage, with the expectations of them being the next generation of stars.


What are you most looking forward to for your trip to Australia?

We are most looking forward to the camaraderie of #TeamEngland on tour: the 7 teams and supporting staff. This is something we have worked to build over the last 2 years and we have seen great dividends as a result of this. For our England players this will be a trip of a lifetime, representing their country, in a sport they love, in the country the sport was invented – what more could an athlete ask for…other than silverware!

We are also very excited about seeing how we compare with the rest of the world. Touch has undergone significant growth both at grassroots and elite levels in England since the 2011 Touch World Cup.


Anything else you would like to add?

England are the current double European Champions following success at the European Touch Championship in Swansea during August 2014. England won the Men’s and Women’s Opens, as well as the Men’s 30s and Women’s 27s divisions. The three Mixed and two other age-category Men’s sides all won silver medals. This success gives us a great platform to build upon.


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

England Touch would like to send seasons greetings to you and your loved ones, we wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a prosperous and very successful 2015.

May your holiday season be blessed with peace, love and joy.



ETA Regional Development Officers Appointed

The England Touch Association are pleased to announce the appointment of 19 new Development Officers that will work within their local areas to develop our sport.

Congratulations to the following:

Anthea Joyce South West (Bristol/Bath/Chippenham)
Ben Meakin Midlands (North), Midlands (South), Midlands
(West- Birmingham/Coventry/Leicester)
Chris Garland South England (Surrey/Kent/Sussex)
Christopher McAuley North West (Including Cheshire)
Daniel Askew South England (Surrey/Kent/Sussex)
Daniel Wines London (East), London (South)
David Field Midlands (South)
Harry Grocott South West (Exeter/Cornwall)
Jason Cunningham South England (Southampton/Bournemouth)
Jen Palmer South West (Bristol/Bath/Chippenham)
Jose Luis Dias South West (Reading/Oxford/Maidenhead)
Lauren Sargeant North West (Including Cheshire)
Lois Lau London (East), London (South)
Mike Beard North Midlands
Nina Gulati South West (Bristol/Bath/Chippenham)
Nooroa Ogden London (South), South England (Surrey/Kent/Sussex)
Piula Tuiono North West (Including Cheshire)
Sammie Phillips South West (Reading/Oxford/Maidenhead)

Soul Phoenix                               East Anglia/Essex
If you would like one of a newly appointed Development Officers to come and run a session for you, please contact Ben@englandtouch.org.uk or Development@englandtouch.org.uk



2014 AGM & OGM minutes

On behalf of the ETA, I would like to thank all those who came along to this years meeting, it was great to have so many people there and I hope it gave you an insight as to what goes on in the association and how we are growing year upon year.

At 10.00am on Saturday 6th December, we held the 2014 England Touch AGM, were all members (that contribute financially to the ETA, i.e. clubs, leagues) of the ETA were invited to send one representative to attend and participate in the meeting.

This years meeting was held at Twickenham, in the hope to raise it’s profile and to give something back to our members. With 28 people in attendance, we had a wide and diverse range of members, each with their ideas on how things currently run. After the opening speeches and reports, it was evident that the majority of our members are unaware of the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes and by so few volunteers. This is something that the ETA will look to address further in terms of further member engagement.

Over the course of the day, lots of discussions were had and it was felt that the meeting was very successful and productive.

Please take a look at the 2014 AGM OGM Minutes – v1.0 here.

For more information, check out our 2014 Annual Report:

Please click here to view online (not mobile compatible)
Please click here to download



Gregg Cropper
ETA President

The Spring Chick 2015

When: Saturday 21st March 2015
Where: Chippenham RFC, Allington Fields, Frogwell, Chippenham, Wilts, SN14 0YZ
Time: 9:30 Start
Format: Women’s
Cost: £125
Entry: Email jen.palmer@bristol.ac.uk 


This event is particularly suited to those new to Women’s touch. Players of all level encouraged. Following the success of the inaugural Spring Chick in 2014 – with 13 teams entering, it was the biggest Women’s touch tournament of its kind in the UK last year, and second biggest in Europe – we are proud to invite you to take part in Spring Chick 2015!

Maximum of 14 players per team.

Struggling to get a full team together? Enter as a small group or individual and we will combine you with others to make a team if we can!

ETA medical team joined forces with sponsors SPORTTAPE

The ETA medical team members joined forces with our sponsors SPORTTAPE to support the elite athletes, teams and fun runners in the inaugural Urban Attack  held at the national cycling centre in Manchester, hosted in the impressive indoor BMX track. The indoor obstacle race was the first of its kind, combining both the physicality of OCR with the atmosphere of a fun run.



The SPORTTAPE medical team provided advice, treatment and utilised several rolls of tape to ensure all the racers completed the course the to best of their ability!

The day was a great success and the skills developed by the ETA medical team over the past 5 years working with Touch players certainly came in helpful!

This was also a great opportunity for the ETA and SPORTTAPE to continue discussions on their ongoing partnership, which is flourishing year on year.

SPORTTAPE - Gregg and KA

SPORTTAPE - Gregg and Carl


England Men’s Open player James Heptonstall has upped his game again, this time by racing a boat!

James, of viral video #RaceTheTube fame, has created another video from his ‘Epic Challenges‘ YouTube channel and took on the Thames Clipper from the London Eye to Bankside Pier in his #RaceTheBoat challenge..

James and co-founder Noel Carrol had just 8.30 minutes to beat the boat, covering 2.2km, 5 bridges and countless pedestrians, see how they got on, here:



Related post: http://englandtouch.org.uk/wp/index.php/2014/09/racethetube/

Women’s World Cup Fundraiser

The England Women 27s team hosted a fundraising evening on Saturday 6 December to raise money to support their trip to Australia for the Touch World Cup in 2015.

GJ’s pub in Wandsworth, London opened their doors to the festive beach themed night which saw outfits from a bikini wearing reindeer and Santas with kiwi accents to impressive combos of boardies and Christmas jumpers.

Fundraising events included timed races on a rower and bike machine, competitive beer pong, cake and festive accessories sales and of course, how many condoms in the jar.

The “Bangers” ladies put on a top effort to prepare for the night. There was also the grand raffle of which prizes included a holiday in Carcassonne, France, a night’s stay at an award winning B&B in Somerset, and some All Blacks signed items.

Supporters and good willing attendees of GJ’s got fully involved in all the fun and frivolity and meant that the team raised over £3,500 which will certainly help with expenses whilst Down Under.

Just to add, the ladies had two full training days on the Saturday and Sunday (hangover? what hangover!) and Coach Sammie Phillips along with Will TenBroeke did an amazing job of structuring the weekend and putting us through their paces.

The team also had the opportunity to have Ben Powell test their grey matter on the Sunday, running through some new tactics that will ensure the team is one to be reckoned with come the World Cup.

Medical Team are looking to expand

The England Touch Association Medical Team are looking to expand.  This expansion is to occur in order that we provide the medical cover for the National Touch Series events.  This will ensure consistently high standards of medical cover throughout the season in all competitive Touch competitions.
The Medical Team are in the process of recruiting Chartered HCPC Registered Physiotherapists.  Interviews are due to be conducted on the 20th of December, 2014.  At present there are no limits in the number we will take on.  We are going to ensure a rigorous interview procedure and those successful candidates will be required to attend/cover a minimum of 1 NTS/CTS competition for the 2015 season as well as all the Medical Team Staff Training events to be eligible to accompany the ETA Medical Team to any international events.
We had a great response to our vacancies and looking forward to adding the new recruits to our team.