Fly half Declan Cusack who this season captained Plymouth Albion this afternoon announced that he had joined Championship side Doncaster Knights for the 2015-16 season.
On Wednesday 20th May 2015, Plymouth Albion Rugby Football Club will host over 40 teams and up to 500 children as the Plymouth School Sports Partnership travel to the Brickfields for their annual School Games Level 2 Tag-rugby festival.
Working to raise money for the Child Victims of Crime (CVC) which is the charity of the GB Police Rugby Section, each competing school will be asked to raise a small donation towards the cause as they come together to compete in one of the largest regional junior rugby events in the South West.
Plymouth Albion will once again be open to the community during the tournament serving refreshments throughout the day as parents, grandparents and children travel from all parts of the local area to compete. This year the top four teams will travel to represent Plymouth at a County Final to be held at Topsham RFC on the 10th June 2015.
“It is our pleasure at Plymouth Albion to host the Plymouth School Sports Partnership at the Brickfields for this tournament tomorrow; it will be a full day full of sport, as well as fun for the children and their families” commented Graham Dawe Director of Rugby for Plymouth Albion Rugby Club. He concluded, “The cause of supporting Child Victims of Crime is so important and we encourage people to give generously to supporting this cause which helps children re-build their lives after terrible experiences.”
Anna Clooke, Joint Partnership Manager for the Plymouth School Sports Partnership commented “The Plymouth School Sports Partnership is delighted that we are holding this event at Plymouth Albion and would like to thank them for their support. This event is a fabulous opportunity for young people to engage in competitive sport both as competitors and as young officials and we are pleased to be working with volunteer referee’s from the Community Police, Marjons and Plymouth University.”
All enquiries to know more about the festival should be directed to the information account of Plymouth Albion Rugby Club email@example.com
Check out our End of Season (2014/15) ‘look back’ video. This video was first played at the End of Season Presentation Evening on 29th April 2015.
On Wednesday 29th April 2015, Plymouth Albion finished the 2014/15 season with their End of Season Presentation Evening. Supporters, sponsors, coaches and players turned out to complete the season and congratulate the players who received awards. Below are some of the photos from the evening.
Please click here to watch our End of Season Review Video
Many thanks to all who have supported us this season.
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Images courtesy of Pinnacle Photo Agency
Plymouth Albion have today announced the names of a number of players who will be leaving the club.
Backs Lawrence Rayner and Ben Woods, along with forwards Rob Langley have been signed by Nottingham, where they will link up with former Albion players Dan Mugford and Jon Vickers who recently signed new contracts with the Green & Whites.
Other forwards confirmed as leaving Brickfields are former Bristol skipper Iain Grieve and prop Tom Fidler.
Backs Toby Howley-Berridge, Lewis Warner, Mark Kohler and Josh Davies will also be moving onto pastures new.
Last January Plymouth Albion’s longest serving player Ruairi Cushion announced that he would be leaving after six seasons at the club.
This season Cushion has taken on the additional role of player/coach at Brickfields.
Commenting on the departures Albion’s Director of Rugby Graham Dawe said, “On behalf of Plymouth Albion RFC I would like to thank all the players who are leaving the club for their commitment and efforts.
“I would particularly like to thank Ruairi Cushion, who over the last six seasons has made a significant contribution to Plymouth Albion.
“It is always disappointing when players move on but I wish them all well for the future.”
Plymouth Albion will be soon be announcing which members of the current squad have been offered contracts and will therefore be playing for the club in National 1 next season.
Plymouth Albion 16 Doncaster Knights 19
Saturday 25th April 2015
Match report by Paddy Marsh
Images courtesy of Pinnacle Photo Agency
After being relegated at Moseley the previous week, Plymouth Albion were hoping to finish off the season with a win in front of their home fans.
A healthy crowd of 1,486 were fully behind Albion who, after playing well in the first 40 minutes, went into the interval leading 11-5.
The warning signs were there for Albion who started the second half without the yellow carded flanker Ali Bone and seconds after the restart they were reduced to 13 when fellow flanker Eoghan Grace was despatched to the cooler.
While Albion were down to 13, Doncaster scored two converted tries which effectively won them the match.
Doncaster’s victory saw them complete the league double over Albion who finished their Championship campaign with just three victories.
This week it will be confirmed that a number of Albion players will be leaving the club and director of rugby Graham Dawe has the big task over the summer of putting together a squad to face the challenges of National 1 rugby next season.
How big and how strong that squad will be will depend on the playing budget the new Albion board can come up with.
Albion made five changes from the side beaten by Moseley last weekend.
Toby Howley-Berridge, returned to the centre while Mark Kohler reclaimed his place on the left wing.
Up front Dan Pullinger made his first start of the season at tight head prop with Andy Tiedemann dropping to the bench.
Tom Hicks returned to the second row while Ali Bone came into the back row replacing assistant coach Rhys Oakley who broke his leg at Moseley.
Doncaster included four ex Albion players in their starting line up.
Albion made a bright start and took the lead in the 9th minute.
After a series of forward drives, Albion skipper Declan Cusack broke a tackle and crossed in the corner for a try he was unable to convert.
Doncaster quickly got themselves level when after putting a penalty into the corner flanker Latu Makaafi got the touchdown.
The Championships top points scorer Doug Flockhart was unable to add the extras.
Albion getting the better of things territorially got themselves level when Cusack put over a penalty from in front of the posts after the Knights were penalised for not rolling away.
When the visitors were pulled up for wheeling a scrum near their posts Cusack stretched Albion’s lead to six points with another relatively easy penalty.
In first half stoppage time Albion were reduced to 14 when Bone was yellow carded for a professional foul but his side went into the interval leading 11-5.
Things got worse for Albion at the start of the second half when they went down to 13 after flanker Eoghan Grace was sent to the sin bin for killing the ball.
Doncaster took full advantage of the extra men and effectively won the game in the next ten minutes when they score 14 unanswered points.
Visiting centre Mat Clark went through a gap in the Albion defence for a try that Flockhart converted.
Former Albion man centre Bevon Armitage got Doncaster’s third try stretching out for the line after a powerful run with Flockhart again adding the extras.
Once restored to 15 Albion struggled to get good field position but the did reduce the deficit to three points late in the game when Howley-Berridge crossed wide out for a try Cusack was unable to convert.
It turned out to be too little too late as Doncaster held Albion’s late surge for a victory that saw then finish the season in ninth place.
Plymouth Albion: L Rayner (P Homan 47), J Arnott, T Howley-Berridge, M Koteczky, M Kohler (L Warner 66), D Cusack capt, C Setter (J Davies 72), T Harrison (T Fidler 60), J Penman, D Pullinger (T Heard 72), T Hicks, B Beukeboom, A Bone, E Grace, I Grieve replacements not T Jubb, E Stagg
Tries: Cusack, Howley-Berridge
Pens: Cusack 2
Yellow card: Bone, Grace
Doncaster Knights: P Jarvis, D Flockhart, M Clark (U Fosita 76), B Armitage, T Lewis, P Roberts, B Field (B Bravo 76), R List (J Bergmanas 76), B Hunter (Veikoso 63), C Quigley (W John 63), M Challinor, T Hotson, L Makaafi (P Eggleshaw 54), M Hills capt (W Foden 29)
Tries: Makaafi, Clark, Armitage
Cons: Flockhart 2
Yellow card: Stedman
Referee: Matthew O’Grady (RFU)
After a disappointing season in which they were relegated from the Championship, Plymouth Albion will be looking to sign off with a victory when they entertain Doncaster Knights (Saturday kick off 3pm).
Albion have made five changes from the side beaten by Moseley last weekend.
Toby Howley-Berridge, who came on as a replacement at Billesley Common, returns to the centre while Mark Kohler reclaims his place on the left wing.
Up front Dan Pullinger will make his first start of the season at tight head prop with Andy Tiedemann dropping to the bench.
Tom Hicks returns to the second row where he will partner Canadian international Brett Beukeboom.
The final change sees Ali Bone coming into the back row replacing assistant coach Rhys Oakley who broke his leg at Moseley.
Plymouth Albion: 15 Lawrence Rayner, 14 Jack Arnott, 13 Toby Howley-Berridge, 12 Marc Koteczky, 11 Mark Kohler, 10 Declan Cusack capt, 9 Cameron Setter, 1 Tom Harrison, 2 James Penman, 3 Dan Pullinger, 4 Tom Hicks, 5 Brett Beukeboom, 6 Ali Bone, 7 Eoghan Grace, 8 Iain Grieve replacements 16 Ted Stagg, 17 Andy Tiedemann, 18 Tom Fidler, 19 Tom Jubb, 20 Lewis Warner, 21 Josh Davies, 22 Pete Homan
Moseley 29 Plymouth Albion 0
Saturday 18th April 2015
Match report by Paddy Marsh
Images courtesy of Pinnacle Photo Agency
Plymouth Albion’s 13 year stay in the second tier of English rugby came to an end when they were relegated to National 1 after being well beaten by Moseley in perfect playing conditions at Billesley Common.
Albion can have no complaints as Moseley were much the better side, particularly in the second half.
Albion only created one try scoring opportunity in the match and they will be disappointed to not to score a single point against the team one place above them in the league
Against Moseley Albion, after playing into a strong wind blowing down the pitch, were in the game at half time as they went in only 11-0 down.
Despite having the elements in their favour after the interval Albion struggled to get good field position and never at any stage did they look like pulling off the win that would have kept their season alive.
To compound Albion’s misery they had assistant coach Rhys Oakley stretchered off at half time with a suspected broken leg and they finished the game with 14 after No 8 Iain Grieve went off after suffering another concussion.
Albion director of rugby Graham Dawe reflecting on the result said, “Its hugely disappointing. I thought we put a good effort in, There were some good parts to the game.
“We made too many unforced errors in the first half and never really got a foothold on the game.
“We need to put some pride in the shirt next week against Doncaster.”
Albion made six changes, one of them positional, from the side beaten by Bristol Rugby.
Outside the scrum Lawrence Rayner was selected at full back while dual registered Jack Arnott switched to his more familiar position on the wing.
In the front row prop Tom Harrison and hooker James Penman both made their first starts of the season.
Canadian international Brett Beukeboom returned to the second row with Tom Hicks dropping to the bench.
The final change was at No 8 where the experienced Grieve came in for Ali Bone, who is named as a replacement.
Albion made a mistake from the kick off, putting the ball directly in touch and after being penalised a scrum on half way they found themselves defending an early catch and drive.
Moseley lock Greg Charlton finished off the set move and Albion already faced an uphill battle.
Moseley fly half Will Hooley, who is Exeter Chiefs bound next season, then stretched the home lead to 11 points with two well struck penalties.
Hooley missed a long range penalty before Oakley got injured in the final move of the first half.
Early in the second half a superb covering tackle by Arnott on home No 8 Chris Brightwell saved a certain try but Albion went down to 14 when replacement Toby Howley-Berridge was yellow carded for a professional foul.
Hooley put over the resultant penalty, which meant Albion needed to score three times.
Albion looked like they were going to open their account in the 69th minute when Arnott put replacement Josh Davies clear but the scrum half lost his footing close to the line.
Albion recycled the ball but a loose pass was intercepted by speedy Moseley full back Tom Collins, who sprinted in from 80 metres.
Hooley slotted another penalty before Moseley put salt into Albion’s wounds when replacement Ed Siggery scored his sides third try and Sam Olver slotted the conversion from the touchline.
Moseley: T Collins, M Penn, W Owen, A Carter (S Olver 78), D Cheshire, W Hooley, S Brown (D Brazier 75), N Williams (A Gardiner 78), A Caves (S Tolmie 78), C Voisey, M Powell, G Charlton (N Dacres 62), N Mason (E Siggery 65), B Nutley, C Brightwell (capt) (B Lawrence 70).
Tries: Charlton, Collins, Siggery.
Pens: Hooley (4).
Plymouth Albion: L Rayner, J Arnott (E Stagg 70), B Woods, M Koteczky, J Henry (T Howley-Berridge 43), D Cusack (capt), C Setter (J Davies 62), T Harrison (T Fidler 75), J Penman, A Tiedemann (D Pullinger 63), N Patrick (A Bone 62), B Beukeboom, R Oakley (T Hicks ht), E Grace, I Grieve.
Yellow card: Howley-Berridge.
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth (RFU).