Plymouth Albion have today extended its early bird season ticket offer for the 2015 / 2016 season with a discount for those purchasing season tickets by the 4th August 2015.
Peter Vosper, chairman of the club said “The new board have been reviewing the pricing of all tickets to make the games more accessible for families and also reward the loyal fans who have been with us over the years. The new ticket prices and discounted season ticket is a great offer and we hope our supporters will get on board. For those who renew their season ticket before the 4th August there is an early bird discount which we have extended owing to popular demand”.
The early bird discounted season ticket is not available to purchase on our website, but people can call the club or download an order form from the website.” At the end of June the Club confirmed it had received the new fixtures for 2015 / 2016 which lines the team up for 15 home games. In the Rugby World Cup year, Albion is optimistic that the season will go well on and off the pitch. “We have an early start to the season with the first game on 5th September playing Richmond and then two more games in September playing Rosslyn Park and Fylde.”
“We’re excited about the new season and there is lots happening to get ready, including some refurbishments and improvements on the ground. There is a real sense we are heading in the right direction. We have a new website coming, some new members of staff joining us and we see a bright future for Plymouth Albion.”
“We are also making plans on how we can incorporate the World Cup into match days and also give the families lots of activities to do whilst they are at the ground. The great thing about Albion is the family friendly atmosphere. Graham Dawe has been working hard to prepare the new team for the season and he has a couple of new signings to announce over the Summer”. Graham Dawe, Head Coach and Director of Rugby said “The final preparations for this years squad is being made in what we all hope will be an exciting season for not only the players but supporters and sponsors alike. Team training has begun to help build togetherness, fitness and organisation ahead of our preseason matches and ultimately our first league game 2 which is at home against Richmond on September the 5th. We have some great talent joining the club and we know all our supporters will get behind the players efforts to make them feel at home for many who will be experiencing the famous cherry, white and green strip for the first time.
It’s a proud club that the players will hopefully love to play for, with the City Crest on their chest. Playing at Brickfields is great feeling for all players and running out in front of a large crowd is very humbling and exciting. With some famous clubs visiting us for the first time in a long time only adds to the anticipation.” Plymouth Albion’s first home games for the season are Richmond on 5th September 2015 (KO 3pm) followed by Rosslyn Park on 12th September 2015 (KO 3pm) and Fylde on 26th September 2015 (KO 3pm). Tickets can be booked on the website, in person or over the phone.
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Plymouth Albion today added 26 year old hooker James Penman to their squad for the forthcoming National 1 campaign.
New Zealand born Penman, who previously played for Cambridge, joined Albion on loan at the end of last season and played in their last three Championship matches.
Penman who stands 6’ and weighs 112kgs is an English Qualified Player through his English grandmother.
Penman talking about his permanent move to Albion said, “I had a good opportunity at the end of last season to play some Championship games and I really enjoyed my short time in Plymouth.
“Graham Dawe has been very supportive and he is one of the main reasons why I have signed for next season.
“I will mainly be playing as a hooker but will also provide cover at loose head prop.”
Penman added, “With Graham being an international hooker he will hopefully pass a lot of his knowledge onto me.
“It looks like Plymouth will have a competitive squad next season and hopefully we can go straight back up to the Championship.”
Penman’s arrival at Albion comes two days after the club released hooker Ted Stagg from the second year of his contract.
Stagg subsequently signed for Championship club Doncaster Knights.
Plymouth Albion will be meeting a second Championship side in pre season after agreeing to play Bedford Blues at Brickfields on Saturday 22 August. (Kick off time tbc) Albion have already arranged to play Jersey in St Peter on Saturday 8 August (kick off 5pm). The match against Bedford will give Albion a stern test ahead of their opening National 1 game, which is against Richmond at Brickfields on Saturday 5 September.
Plymouth Albion have agreed to release hooker Ted Stagg from the second year of his two year contract.
25 year old Stagg, who joined Albion last year from London Scottish, has indicated his desire to play at a higher level of rugby than National 1.
Taunton born Stagg last season made 18 Championship appearances for Albion as well as 2 in the British & Irish Cup
Three Exeter Chiefs players link up with Plymouth Albion
Plymouth’s strong links with Exeter will continue after the two clubs agreed that three players from the Chiefs Academy will play National 1 rugby for Albion next season.
Scrum half Jack Maunder, back five forward Ed Holmes and winger Harrison Cully will all be available to play for Albion after Chiefs agreed to season long loans.
Maunder, whose father Andy played scrum half for Exeter for a number of seasons, recently captained England under 18’s against Italy in the European Championships Bronze medal game.
Holmes, who can play in the second row and the back row, played for the Cornish All Blacks last season and he also played for Exeter Chiefs in the LV= Cup.
Cully who played his early rugby at Brixham RFC, recently signed a three year professional deal with the Chiefs.
Albion head coach Graham Dawe said, “The links we have are very important for both Plymouth Albion and Exeter Chiefs.
“The agreement we have with Exeter will give three of their promising youngsters the opportunity to play competitive rugby next season.
“All three players will be with us for the season which will provide us with more continuity as they will be attending the majority of our training sessions.”
Dawe is currently in discussions with a number of other players about joining Albion next season.
Plymouth Albion added two more members to their 2015-16 squad by agreeing new deals with local youngsters Cameron Setter and Dan Pullinger. 22 year old scrum half Setter, who was educated at Ivybridge Community College, made 16 appearances for Albion last season. Setter will therefore be starting his third season as an Albion player having previously been a match day mascot for the club when he was 8 years old. Setter, who has a degree from UWIC, has represented Devon at all age groups. 20 year old prop Pullinger attended Stoke Damerel Community College in Plymouth and has representative honours with England under 16’s Pullinger made he debut for Albion last season and went on 14 appearances in what was a disappointing campaign for the club.
Plymouth Albion have made their first two signings ahead of the 2015-2016 National 1 campaign.
25 year old Marc Koteczky, who played 16 matches for Albion last season, has signed a new contract and he will play alongside fellow Australian Ethan Ford.
23 year old Ford, like Koteczky, can play wing, centre or full back and he has representative honours with Australian Schools, Australia under 20’s and the New South Wales country side.
Ford who qualifies as EQP through his English born Grandmother is relishing the opportunity to test himself in England.
Ford who played with Koteczky at Sydney based club Randwick said, “I’m looking forward to joining up with the Plymouth Albion squad and experiencing rugby in England.
“I’ve heard a lot of good things about the club and the City. I know Marc well from Randwick so it will be great to play alongside him again. I’m excited about the challenge that awaits.”
Albion head coach Graham Dawe talking about his first two signings said, “I like Marc’s ability as a footballer and it’s a bonus that he can play across three positions.
“For Ethan coming over from Australia it will be good for him that he has someone he knows in the squad. It’s always good to have friendships within a team.”
Plymouth Albion RFC have confirmed that their first pre season game ahead of their 2015-2016 National 1 campaign will be away to Championship side Jersey.
The match which will be played at St Peter on Saturday 8 August has a provisional kick off time of 5pm.
The Albion squad will travel to Jersey on the Saturday and return to Plymouth the following day.
Plymouth Albion head coach Graham Dawe said, “Jersey are an improving Championship side and the game against them will be hard but will be very good preparation ahead of our National 1 season.
“The game at St Peter will give us a good indication of where we are ahead of the opening league game.”
Last season Albion and Jersey played each other four times with each club winning once at home and once away.
Plymouth Albion will shortly be announcing their other pre season fixtures.