Canterbury Tales



Hard though it may be for fervent England supporters let us take huge pride in Canterbury’s contribution to their Calcutta Cup downfall against Scotland. Ever since making his international debut for  Scotland in 1916 Huw Jones, who learned his rugby here as a junior,  whas been one of the stars of the show. His two tries against England take his total to ten, one of the fastest.scoring rates for a newcomer to test rugby. Read the profiles of the 24-year-old and Canterbury hardly rate a mention, but Huw has not forgotten his roots. In the deluge of interviews after the Scotland triumph he made sure he told every reporter where it all started. Club Chairman Giles Hilton sent our congratulations and Huwcame back with a proper rugby man’s ’s response:  “Thanks Giles, Hangover was totally worth it! Unbelievable day” The Jones family connection with the club is strong with elder brother Jonny a recent member of the first team squad until work commitments took him to London.  Despite having frame thrust upon him Huw is still a genuinely modest mad with a genuine love for his first club. Our Press Officer David Haigh recalls his visit to the England v Scotland game at Twickenham last season and the Scots lost heavily..  When David was presented with a volunteer award the first man to leave a subdued Scotland table and congratulate him was Huw.  “one for a great club” he said.


Apologies to all those who made the long trip to support the lads at the Bury St Edmunds game. The first half in particular was not acceptable and I take full responsibility for it. The three previous performances against Wimbledon, Redruth and Taunton, whilst certainly not perfect, had shown increasing resolve, execution and discipline. We should have beaten Taunton but were dealt a harsh lesson in seeing a game home. So my disappointment in our performance was all the more acute as were making gains. We will be looking to make amends today against a dangerous Clifton team fighting to stay out of the relegation places and on the back of a very good performance last time out against Taunton too. Enjoy the match.

Andy Pratt, Head of Rugby


 There are just three tables left for the City Lunch here at the club on Friday, March 23rd so don’t leave it to the last minute to book. Once again we have a top name from world of international rugby as our speaker in former Leicester, England and British and Irish Lions player and coach Graham Rowntree.   Graham, who won 54 England caps, is now forwards coach at Premiership side Harlequins. To attract such high quality rugby people we are indebted, as ever, to sponsors LGT Vestra Wealth and to partner Tony Allan. Tables of ten are priced at £450; individual places are.£45. To book e-mail Giles Hilton on


It was with great sadness that the club learned of the death of Roly Melrose. Roly, who was 84, was a proud Geordie who became a much respected captain of the club’s lower teams and also served on the club committee. He died peacefully on February 9th. Past President Steve Uglow writes: “What Roly’s rugby background was before he came to Canterbury in the 1970s is a mystery to me but I have a feeling that his best rugby years were probably behind him. But he loved the game and showed a natural aptitude and understanding and was a much loved captain of our 4th XV for several seasons, organising it successfully despite the Friday night depredations as the senior skippers raided his ranks. But even in those days, the flesh was becoming weaker - one abiding memory of Roly was how much time was spent before the game in swaddling every muscle and joint in bandaging and padding!. He was a great Canterbury servant, a wise voice in committee and he will be much missed by all those he played and/or drank with him:.”

Roly’s funeral is Barham Crematorium on Monday 12th March at 11.20am.. The family have asked for donations to be made to either the RFU Injured Players Foundation or the Royal National Institute for the Blind. There will be family flowers only.


 The Worthing game, postponed because of weather problems , will be played ON Saturday, March 17th.  For those intending to travel please note that it will be a 2 pm kick-off. Worthing’s junior section have a big charity event arranged event that day and will need the first team pitch later in afternoon.   Including today, we now have a run of three games to the end of March which are important for our league standing. None are easy but it is vital we take something from them before the tough tests of April when we play the top three sides in National 2 South.   The odds on us dropping into the relegation places are still long but we must not find ourselves relying on other club’s results.


 We are reviving our popular Spitfire Sevens competition  after a seven year break, as part of England Rugby's '24 Sevens' series. The competition is planned for Saturday. May 12th here at the MTG and will  involve both Men’s and Women’s tams. The emphasis is on it being a very social event to end the season in East Kent with music and old rivalries / friendships resumed on and off the field.


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# Team Pld Pts
1 Cinderford 24 114
2 Chinnor 24 105
3 Redingensians 25 91
4 Taunton Titans 24 90
5 Redruth 24 79
6 Henley 24 68
7 Bury St Edmunds 24 64
8 Tonbridge Juddians 24 61
9 Worthing 24 58
10 Canterbury 24 57
11 Barnstaple 24 47
12 London Irish Wild Geese 24 45
13 Clifton 24 43
14 Old Redcliffians 24 39
15 Wimbledon 25 35
16 Broadstreet 24 30