Canterbury Tales

Canterbury Tales

David Haigh

David Haigh

Press Officer

What a week

Well… What a week!!

Social distancing those two words together have changed our normal!!
Two new words have found their way into everyday language!!
Who knew anything about ‘furloughing’
Who thought that ‘zoom’ was a fruit flavoured ice lolly?

It has now become tolerable to act as a family again! Eat together, walk together, garden together, do puzzles together, play board games together and generally socialise together and watch endless repeats on TV!

It’s the norm to facetime friends and relations around the corner, around the country and the world. It’s instinctive to volunteer. And it’s taken a Pandemic to make all that and more happen…..!!

I’ve walked miles and miles and thought more thoughts than I could possibly imagine!! And in the background of all of this we have ‘our club’ to consider!
A club that will be changed forever.

We will get through this, but at the other end we are going to have to be prepared to work harder, volunteer more and understand the values of that, suck it up when disagreements arise, put in more time for things previously left for others to do and the unfortunate bit…

we’ll have to pay a little bit more too!!!

Time gives plenty of room for reflection and I’m sure everyone like me has been doing lots of that!

There is heaps that we probably haven’t got right but I can tell you there are heaps and heaps that we do get right!

Yes, there’s lots to do but if you’re missing Canterbury Rugby Club as much as I am then I know you’ll want to be there when we get through this crisis.

Thank you to all of you who have given so generously to the message that your President and I sent out. The PayPal link remains open so please if you haven’t and you can please drop a £ or two into it and encourage others to do!

Please feel free amongst your downtime to contact me over anything.

I’m proud to be the Chairman of the family that is Canterbury Rugby Club. Stay safe, Stay strong. Together we will pull through


Past Tales

Season 2019/2020

It is very strange to be writing to you all with what should have been another 6 weeks to go. But as we are all aware, we find ourselves in unprecedented times and to that end I wish you all the best for the next few months. So we end without the...


Following government advice, the RFU will suspend all rugby activity in England, at both professional and community level. Rugby activity includes club training, league and cup matches plus rugby education courses from 17 March until 14 April subject to...

Canterbury Tales

SPRING PROMISE The season goes into its final Spring phase with six games remaining, three of them at home, and although National Division One has been a sobering experience for us the form produced in our last two matches showed that we can compete with strongest....

Canterbury Tales

FIVE STAR FACILITY Our first ever visit to Darlington proved to be memorable although the result is perhaps best consigned to a file marked ‘learning experience’. The real eye opener was the Mowden Park ground and the facilities they enjoy....

Canterbury Tales

NOT OUR WEEK There is a law which cannot be found in any recognised legal system but is with us all the same. ‘Sod’s law’ is a harsh instrument which dispenses with notions of guilt and innocence and delights in punishing those down on their luck. The club’s senior...

Canterbury Tales

TOO MUCH RUGBY? Ahead of the Rosslyn Park match there were twelve senior squad players on the injured list and potentially unavailable for selection. Some will, hopefully, be returning soon; others in the medium or longer term. We are not alone. This week Richmond...

Canterbury Tales

DON’T WRITE US OFF Cinderford is the last home match before the Christmas break and no one needs reminding that the first team are in a precarious position. On Monday this week Head of Rugby Andy Pratt held an open evening with members and...

Canterbury Tales

KEEPING THE FAITH This is a point in our season where you, the supporters, have a crucial role to play. Despite all the disappointments of the past eleven weeks the support from the touchline has been excellent and shows no sign of flagging. Keeping faith with a side...


FACING THE CHALLENGE A recurrent and frustrating theme of narrow defeats has continued over the last two games. Against both Darlington Mowden Park and, last week, Chinnor the team have been competitive but again fell just short. One losing bonus point was a meagre...


CLOSING THE GAP While it is may be too early in the season to be debating relegation issues the failure to win any of our first seven games in National One has left us vulnerable. There is already a thirteen point gap between ourselves and the safety zone and we must...

Canterbury Tales

CLOSING THE GAP While it is may be too early in the season to be debating relegation issues the failure to win any of our first seven games in National One has left us vulnerable. There is already a thirteen point gap between ourselves and the safety zone and we must...


LESSONS IN THE PARK Once the National One fixture list was published it was clear that September was going to be a test of our resilience. That assessment has proved s to be spot on. We go into the last game of the month on the back of three defeats and with just two...

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