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Come & join us for our pre-season fixtures

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The pre-season fixtures are fast approaching!

Come and join us in August for a great day out…

We have three pre-season fixtures being played at home:

  • Sunday 10th August 2014 Plymouth Albion v Cornish All Blacks ko 3.00pm
  • Saturday 23th August 2014 Plymouth Albion v Hartpury College ko 3.00pm
  • Saturday 30th August 2014 Plymouth Albion v Bristol XV ko 3.00pm 

Ticket prices – £10 per adult / £5 under 16′s / under 12′s free

Pre season friendly match day experience

photo 3At each home game we will be offering a match day experience for £25 per person, this includes:

  • A hospitality place in the Midas Marquee prior to the match including a summer grill buffet
  • Ticket to watch the game

 

Beer & Cider festival & live music

skinnersWe will also be hosting a mini beer and cider festival in the Supporters Marquee, kindly provided by Skinner’s Brewery. As part of the festival, a drinks promotion will be running with a free pint or half pint for every 5 drinks purchased. Pimms and Prosecco will also be available during the matches.

 

After the game on Sunday 10th August, join us in the Midas Marquee for live music provided by Jay Carter and Michael Collings (Britain’s Got Talent finalist)

For more information or to make a booking for the match day experience, please email clare@plymouthalbion.com 

Plymouth Albion release Ben Axten-Burrett from his contract

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Plymouth Albion have released 21 year old centre Ben Axten-Burrett from his contract after the former Cardiff Metropolitan University student picked up a serious knee injury prior to starting pre season training with the club.

Axten-Burrett ruptured ACL knee ligaments playing in a 7′s tournament and he is currently awaiting a knee reconstruction operation.

Albion head coach James Shanahan said, “It is really disappointing for Ben. I was looking forward to working with him and seeing him in an Albion shirt.

“Hopefully when Ben returns to fitness we will be able to have another look at him and re-sign him for next season”

Shanahan is currently exploring options with regards to adding another centre to the Albion squad for the forthcoming season.

Plymouth Albion appoint Neil Collins as Club Chaplain

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Plymouth Albion have appointed Reverend Neil Collins as Club Chaplain, taking over a role previously filled by Reverend John Money.

South African born Collins has lived in Plymouth since 1994 and he is an avid sportsman. As well as playing rugby at club level Collins, in his younger days, managed to get down to scratch as a golfer.

Neil CollinsCommenting on his appointment Neil said, ‘I feel very privileged and honoured to fulfil this role in supporting our local team. On a practical level I not only know the game and am passionate about it. I also understand something of the commitment and sacrifice it takes in order to achieve success in the field of sport. I therefore have a tremendous respect for the players.  I also know what it has cost some of them who have had to relocate, leaving all that is familiar. Rebuilding new relationships and adjusting to new surroundings takes time. I hope that being familiar with this process will help me to be a positive influence when offering support. I am very much looking forward to getting to know them all’.

Plymouth Albion chairman Dr Graham Stirling said, ‘I’m delighted that Neil has agreed to become our Club Chaplain. It is an essential role, particularly at the professional end of the game, and I know he will be warmly welcomed by all at the club’.

Albion confirm dual registered players from Exeter Chiefs

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Plymouth Albion will continue their close links with Devon neighbours Exeter Chiefs by having three of their players dual registered next season.

Winger Jack Arnott, back rower Sam Simmonds and tight head prop Dan Pullinger will combine playing for the Chiefs with turning out for Albion.

For 20 year old Arnott, who is an England under 20 international, it will be his third season at Albion as a dual registered player.

Arnott played 9 Championship and 3 British & Irish Cup matches for Albion last season but he missed much of the campaign with a shoulder injury. Arnott also made 3 LV= Cup appearances for Chiefs last season.

In total Plymouth educated Arnott has played 28 games for Albion scoring 4 tries.

19 year old Simmonds had last season disrupted by a knee injury but played 4 times for the Chiefs in their successful LV=Cup campaign.

To aid his recovery Simmonds finished last season playing for Brixham.

19 year old Pullinger who, like Arnott, was educated in Plymouth played for the Chiefs in the A league last season.

To gain more experience of senior rugby Pullinger played for Exmouth last season where one of his team mates was fellow prop Luke Chapman who recently joined Albion.

Plymouth Albion hosts Devon Summer School Games opening ceremony

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Plymouth Albion were delighted to host the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sainsburys Devon Summer School Games. The Devon Summer School Games took place on Wednesday 25th June in Plymouth across the two sites of the Plymouth Life Centre & Central Park and Plymouth Albion RFC Brickfields Recreational Ground. The games provided the opportunity for over 2000 young people from schools across Devon to compete in 7 different sports with nearly 250 young volunteers helping to run the event.

Games flameThe event is part of the national Sainsbury’s School Games programme and featured a range of sports (some of which are inclusive), including, Athletics, Cycling, Golf, Indoor Rowing, Orienteering, Tennis and Rounders.

The Sainsbury’s School Games is set across four levels and is backed by National Lottery funding from Sport England. It is fully inclusive and will increase the opportunities for young people to take part in sport across the school year. The winners from the events are invited to compete for Devon at the Level 4 National School Games in September held in Manchester.

Devon’s School Games Festivals use the inspiration of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics to transform competitive sport in schools and get more young people playing sport.

Summer School AmbassadorsThe day started at 09.15 with schools arriving from across the county ready for the opening ceremony which was opened with six separately choreographed dances from six different schools all performing at the same time, giving a wide variety of dances on show. This was then followed by a field gun race between South Dartmoor & Pennycross, which South Dartmoor just won in the last few seconds. To end with the special sporting guests, Tonia Couch, Sarah Barrow and Andy Banks opened the ceremony by lighting our Olympic style flame and reading the athletes oath.

Throughout the day there was a range of taster sports on offer such as, Baseball, O2 Touch Rugby, Indoor Bowls, Indoor Climbing and Field Gun Crew. A number of Change 4Life clubs were invited down to try out these opportunities on offer.As the day drew to an end each sport held an individual closing ceremony awarding medals for first, second and third place.

More information about the School Games is available on Active Devon’s website and on the Sainsbury’s School games website

Plymouth Albion fixture change

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Having originally stated that all the home Championship matches were going to be played on Saturdays, Albion officials have moved the game against London Scottish to a Friday evening under floodlights.

The main reason for moving the game to the previous day is to avoid a clash with the Six Nations match between England and Italy that is being played at Twickenham.

The Brickfields match against Scottish, which was originally listed as Saturday 14 February will now be played on Friday 13 February with a 7.45 kick off.

Plymouth Albion to play Neath instead of Gloucester on 16 August

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Plymouth Albion have been informed by Gloucester Rugby that the pre-season friendly that was due to be played at Kingsholm on Saturday 16 August will not now be going ahead.

The weekend on which the game was due to be played is an EPS rest week, which will rule out Gloucester’s international players.

On top of that Premiership rugby this week confirmed that Gloucester Rugby will be participating in the World Club 7’s that is taking place at Twickenham that weekend.

As a consequence Gloucester don’t have the playing resources to fulfil the fixture and have apologised to Albion for cancelling the game.

Gloucester CEO Stephen Vaughan said, “We’re very disappointed as Plymouth were a welcome preseason guest to Kingsholm last season. I’d like to thank them for their understanding, they’re naturally disappointed but have been terrific about the matter.”

Albion officials have moved quickly and have covered the blank date.

Albion will now travel to Wales on Saturday 16 August to play Neath at The Knoll (kick off 3pm)