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Best Friends are Rugby Rivals

Herbie and Mark

Plymouth Albion captain Herbie Stupple is expecting to line up against someone close to home when Redruth RFC visit the Brickfields for a pre-season friendly on Sunday, August 20 (KO 1pm).

Redruth flanker Mark Grubb was best man at Stupple’s wedding to wife Charlotte just three months ago and the pair have been best mates since year six at primary school.

While Redruth have yet to name their team for Sunday, Grubb is likely to feature. The 26 year-old from Padstow made 21 appearances for the National League Two side last season.

Either way, Stupple is looking forward to the fixture.

He says: “A lot of my friends play at Redruth. We’ve got a good relationship with them. We’ve always played them every pre-season and they always put a tough side against us.

“They are one of the best sides in Cornwall. It’s never an easy task to play a team from the league below.”

The fixture is Albion’s first home pre-season friendly of the 2017-18 campaign.

With friendlies allowing a squad of 25, rather than 20, head coach Kieran Hallett is giving everyone a chance to impress. Stupple starts on the bench, making way for a number of players who did not feature last week.

Stupple says: “It’s been great having James Earp (strength and conditioning coach) on board again. Last year he didn’t have much time to prepare us whereas this time he has been able to plan it and it has been phenomenal so far.

“We took a load of huge positives from the Bedford game, as well as things to work on. When you play a side in the league above you can’t afford to make mistakes because teams like that will capitalise on it. I think we stood up well to them physically, although there were probably a few tired legs towards the end!”

Fans’ favourite Stupple is excited about the season ahead.

“We have every chance. We’re lucky to have kept the squad we had and lost only two or three. We’ve gained some more experienced players as well and of course the Exeter Chiefs guys who really help us a lot.

“Being captain is massive for me. When I first came here I just wanted to knuckle down and get on with it. I didn’t even think about being captain. Now I’m the longest serving player in the team and it’s a huge thing for me to lead them out.”

Plymouth Albion will face Redruth RFC at the Brickfields on Sunday, August 20. Kick-off is at 1pm and entry costs £5, with under-16s free with a paying adult.

Plymouth Albion Welcome Redruth RFC

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After last week’s away trip to the Bedford Blues, it’s time to bring rugby back to the Brickfields when Plymouth Albion welcome Redruth RFC this Sunday, August 20 (kick-off 1pm).

Kieran Hallett’s men face the National Two South side in their first home pre-season friendly of the 2017-18 campaign.

While Redruth are unlikely to pose the challenge of last week’s Championship opponents, Hallett will nevertheless be keen to make improvements under his mantra of getting better every week.

Albion’s team sheet will be boosted by the arrival of Exeter Chiefs loan players Marcus Street, Sean Lonsdale and Joe Snow.

19 year-old Street returns fresh from representing England in the World Rugby U20 Championship in Georgia.

New signing Dan Swain, who joined Albion this summer from Exmouth, will be starting in the second row.

Also from Exmouth is back row/second row John Kelly who starts at number six. Kelly, who formerly played for Plymouth University, featured strongly against Bedford Blues last weekend.

Eoghan Grace makes his first start since returning to the club – playing at number 8. England Students fly-half Ted Landray slots in at 10 and winger Jon Dawe makes a welcome return from injury.

Todd Prisk starts on the bench against his former club.

Head coach Kieran Hallett isn’t taking anything for granted: “It will be a difficult game. Redruth had a good win against Swansea last week.

“We played a Championship side last Saturday who are probably going to end up being a top four Championship side.

“Redruth won’t be easy. They were at the top end of National League Two last season. It will be a tough game. We’ll take this chance to swap a few boys in who didn’t play last week and give them the opportunity.

“At the end of the day, pre-season results are irrelevant. We are just looking to keep developing, keep improving and make sure we are ready for that first league game.”

Plymouth Albion will face Redruth RFC at the Brickfields on Sunday, August 20. Kick-off is at 1pm and entry costs £5, with under-16s free with a paying adult.

 A further friendly takes place vs Ivybridge at the Brickfields on Monday, August 28. Albion’s National League One campaign starts with an away trip to Blackheath on Saturday, September 2, followed by their first home fixture – and Albion Family Day – on Saturday, September 9, at the Brickfields vs Esher.

Plymouth Albion team to face Redruth RFC at the Brickfields (KO 1pm) on Sunday, August 20, is as follows:

  1. Luke Chapman
  2. Jamie Salter
  3. Marcus Street
  4. Dan Swain
  5. Sean Lonsdale
  6. John Kelly
  7. Sam Daly
  8. Eoghan Grace
  9. Joe Snow
  10. Ted Landray
  11. Jon Dawe
  12. Dean Squire
  13. Seta Raumakita
  14. Matt Crosscombe
  15. Matt Shepherd
  1. Dan Pullinger
  2. Rupert Freestone
  3. Dan Collier
  4. Todd Prisk
  5. Herbie Stupple
  6. Cameron Setter
  7. Dan Mugford
  8. Robin Wedlake
  9. Jordan Gott
  10. Max Venables

Plymouth Albion Shape Up for New Season


It’s 16 months since Plymouth Albion entered administration and the assets were acquired by local businessmen and ex-Albion players Bruce Priday and Dave Venables.

The club’s first season under its new owners was a highly successful one, with an unexpected second-place finish and only one home defeat – to the undisputed leaders Hartpury College who achieved promotion to the Greene King IPA Championship.

Off the field, the business side of the club was restructured. Ali Hannaford, of global food production company Paramount 21, agreed to act as chairman and David Gabbitass, former senior partner of Wolferstans Solicitors in Plymouth, as president.

Now, former St Mellion International Resort director Martin Watson has been recruited as managing director, bringing with him more than 40 years of experience in the hospitality industry.

Further key appointments have been made in the community and commercial departments.

Former Albion player of the year Eoghan Grace has returned to boost the club’s playing strength and to relaunch Albion’s work in the community programme. The back row forward is working alongside another former player Steve Pooley to take rugby and its core values of teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship into primary schools across Plymouth. Four schools have already signed up for Albion’s rugby coaching programme for the year ahead.

Grace and Pooley were also instrumental in setting up summer camps that attracted more than 100 boys and girls aged six to 15 years and in strengthening community links with six local rugby clubs.

This year Pooley and Albion board member Kevin Norris successfully launched rugby academies in partnership with City College Plymouth, Plymouth Studio School and a number of sixth forms, as well as with Plymouth Marjon University. The academies offer students regular training sessions with qualified Albion coaches and a chance to represent the club at colts level.

Pooley and Norris are also working closely with partners Babcock to promote its STEM agenda, encouraging young people to connect with science, technology, engineering and maths. Albion players will be acting as STEM ambassadors and the club has a number of events planned, including a family day at the first home game of the season on Saturday, September 9, and a schools’ STEM day.

New commercial manager Mike Scott is pushing ahead with maximising commercial opportunities and has already secured a number of high profile deals.

Facilities have been upgraded which has helped to boost conference bookings to an average of one per week, for example, the club hosted an event this week for 120 Sky delegates.

Last season, match attendances more than doubled from the first to the last game, and season tickets sales for 2017-18 are already more than 20 per cent ahead of this time last year.

This Sunday, head coach Kieran Hallett’s Plymouth Albion team will face Redruth RFC in a pre-season friendly at the Brickfields. Kick off is at 1pm and entry costs £5, with under-16s free with a paying adult.

Stern test to kick start preseason – “Great to now have a marker”

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Albion’s 1st preseason test saw victory for the hosts in a tough encounter at Goldington Road. There were plenty of positives to be taken according to Plymouth Albion Head Coach Kieran Hallett and Strength & Conditioning Coach James Earp. 

On reflection, Kieran Hallett was upbeat about his Ablion teams performance, “I thought the game was a good test for us. We were found wanting in a few areas but we managed to stick with them for 50-60mins which was pleasing.” His comments refer to Albion’s fighting spirit in the first half which saw them hold their championship opponents to a slender 12-7 lead at half time.

Albion were quick out of the blocks with an early try scoring opportunity for Dan Powell who narrowly missed out on a clever chip ahead from scrum half Cam Setter. It was, however, Bedford Blues that struck first with a try from Howard Packman after 6 minutes. The conversion was missed and when play resumed it entered a period of early season errors which saw both teams giving up easy possession. A positive outcome of the the period was that Albion’s scrum showed that it could hold its own against the Championship outfit.

A penalty from a scrum saw Dan Mugford kick to the corner where a driving lineout edged Albion closer to the hosts line. From the collapse a number of pick an go plays saw our captain Herbie Stupple power over the line to dot down. Mugford’s conversion made it 5-7 to Albion with just over 15 minutes to go in the half.

The restarting kick off resulted in a quick break from Bedford’s Rich Lane who darted over for a punishing 5 pointer with the ensuing conversion comfortably dealt with by Will Hooley (12-7). Albion’s men didn’t back down and finished the half strongly with some good play from Robin Wedlake, Dan Mugford and Jack Arnott.

The sides changed ends and it wasn’t long before Bedford crossed the try line for their third try of the game. Hooley missed the conversion leaving it at 17-7 with a two score gap between the two sides. Substitutions from both sides rolled on and off with the hosts squad size showing.

On the 46th minute Bedford crossed again bringing the score to 24-7. Bursts of positive play from Albion with only the last pass faltering left the side fighting hard to stay in contention. Bedfords pace and fresh legs showed with 4 more tries before the end leaving the final score 43-7.

“They were very sharp and with the fresh legs they brought on punished us in the last 20. Big positives were that we created opportunities to score without really playing at the level we know we can and that we have areas we know we can improve on now”. Hallett’s words after an insightful first game of the new campaign.

On next week Hallett seemed excited to be back at Brickfields and wants the side to add to this weeks performance, “I just want to see us continue to go up a level and improve on Saturdays performance.”

It was also apparent that Albion’s head of strength & conditioning, James Earp, was happy with the teams performance on the day, “Really happy with where we are physically. It was a real test for us in this department. We had them on the rack at the end of the first half and we looked reasonably comfortable. The changes that they were able to make eventually took its toll, but again, in true Albion fashion, we were still going come 80 minutes against a very tough, very organised and well established championship side on their home patch.”

Earp believes that the team has worked hard and was definite in his belief that Albion is getting to a consistent level. “Physically I don’t think we are very far away from being able to play and sustain championship tempo. This gave us an insight in what is required conditioning wise at that level and it’s great to now have a marker. We have another 3 weeks of pre season to continue to develop what we have been doing ‘fitness’ wise. The mood in camp was positive and the boys felt they could sustain that tempo so I’m happy.”

Plenty to take away from this weekend. Onward and upwards.

Next Fixture:  2nd preseason friendly at home (Brickfields) Sun 20th Aug vs Redruth (KO 1PM).

We look forward to seeing all the Albion faithful for a great days rugby.





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PARFC 200 CLUB – SUPPORTERS MAKING A DIFFERENCE                                                         

To celebrate our 1st home preseason game on Sunday 20th August 2017 against Redruth (KO 1.00 PM), the 200 Club have organised a BBQ to be held in the YGS Marquee. The bar will be open from 1200 and the BBQ will take place after the final whistle. A great way to enjoy rugby and catch up with fellow supporters after the Summers off-season.

All are welcome but numbers are limited so please pre-book BBQ tickets by contacting Simon Franks at

On the day we face Redruth’s 1st XV who play in National League 2 South and have a thriving Colts and Mini Junior section. They are also proud partners of the Wooden Spoon and have a great club history. Last season (2016/17) the club finished 5th in their League with 101 pts. It is sure to be an exciting encounter and we look forward to seeing both sets of supporters on the day.

Finally, The 200 Club are very proud to sponsor Sam Daly who has joined the squad from Newton Abbot. We wish Sam the best of luck for the season and look forward to seeing him progress throughout the year.

We look forward to seeing you on the day.

Peter Harrison


Team Announcement & New Players commit


With an exciting weekend ahead seeing the start of the preseason fixtures, more good news for Kieran Halletts side with young guns Ted Landry & John Kelly committing to the club for the season ahead.

England students representative Landry adds more fire power to Albion’s backline for the 2017/18 season. Currently at Exeter University, Landry has played A league level with the Exeter Braves and has represented the Exeter 7’s side in previous Singha 7’s tournaments. Named in the first preseason game this weekend in the centre he can also offer his talent across the backline and is sure to bring added excitement to an already impressive unit.

In the pack, John Kelly has also committed to Albion for the 2017/18 season. Kelly who brings a physical presence has played his rugby at Luctonians and has also been part of the set-up at Heartland Championship side North Otago in New Zealand. With the ability to play second row or back row, Kelly will be keen to impress on debut this weekend and comes into a competitive squad for this seasons National 1 league campaign.

Plymouth Albion Team to face Bedford Blues at Goldington Road (KO 3pm) 12th August 2017 as follows:

  1. Luke Chapman
  2. Rupert Freestone
  3. Dan Pullinger
  4. Todd Prisk
  5. Dan Collier
  6. John Kelly
  7. George Mills
  8. Herbie Stupple
  9. Cam Setter
  10. Dan Mugford
  11. Jack Arnott
  12. Ted Landry
  13. Robin Wedlake
  14. Seta Raumakita
  15. Dan Powell
  16. Will Norton
  17. Jamie Salter
  18. Sam Daly
  19. Matt Shepherd
  20. Dean Squire
  21. Matt Crosscombe
  22. Jordan Gott
  23. Max Venables


Preseason Fixtures

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Albion’s preseason fixtures are set as the new 2017/18 season approaches. 

Albion will travel to old Championship rivals Bedford Blues & Cornish Pirates and can expect stern challenges on the road this preseason. Our home games see visits from Redruth RFC & Ivybridge RFC and supporters can expect tough battles against both at Brickfields.

Preseason Fixtures 2017:

12th August 2017 (Away) Vs Bedford Blues 3:00PM K.O

20th August 2017 (Home) Vs Redruth RFC 1:00PM K.O

26th August 2017 (Away) Vs Cornish Pirates 5:00PM K.O

28th August 2017 (Home) Vs Ivybridge RFC 5:30PM K.O

2017/18 Fixtures


 2017/18 RFU National Division One Fixtures

Home fixtures in Bold


2nd Blackheath v Plymouth
9th Plymouth v Esher
16TH Bishops Stortford v Plymouth
23rd Plymouth v Fylde
30th Loughborough v Plymouth


7TH Plymouth v Cambridge
14th Caldy v Plymouth
21st Plymouth v Old Elthamians
28th DMP v Plymouth


4TH Rosslyn Park v Plymouth
11th Plymouth v Ampthill
25th Coventry v Plymouth


2ND Plymouth v Hull Ionians
9TH Birmingham Moseley v Plymouth
16th Plymouth v Old Albanians
23rd Esher v Plymouth


6TH Plymouth v Bishop Stortford
13th Fylde v Plymouth
20th Plymouth v Loughborough
27th Cambridge v Plymouth


3RD Plymouth v Caldy
10th Old Elthamians v Plymouth
17th Plymouth v DMP


3RD Plymouth v Rosslyn Park
10th Ampthill v Plymouth
24th Plymouth v Coventry


7TH Hull Ionians v Plymouth
14th Plymouth v Birmingham Mosely
21st Old Albanian v Plymouth
28th Plymouth v Blackheath


For Home Games you are advised to turn up early to avoid long queues into the ground and entrance to the car park. We provide a range of bar facilities, hot and cold drinks, food, and pre-match entertainment. You will also have an opportunity to visit the club shop.