Hammers are recruiting!

We want you!

Whether you are looking play top-level competitive rugby and take your skills to the next level, or you are just looking to get a little fitter with a better excuse for a weekend beer with new friends, Hammersmith & Fulham RFC wants you!

With four men’s teams and two women’s teams playing over 120 competitive fixtures a season, Hammers’ player enjoy:

    • The opportunity to play competitive league Rugby at both an elite and social level
    • Professional, qualified and player-focused coaching support
    • Qualified strength & condition coaching
    • Professional post-game video analysis and performance assessment
    • Physio support and rehab clinic
    • A thriving social scene with regular all-club social events
    • Tour.
    • Easy-to-reach London zone 2 location in walking distance to bars, clubs and transport links.

In addition, Hammers players are part of a thriving all-club network with extensive links across key industries including finance, construction, and real-estate.

We want you…and your mate!


We just don’t want you – we want you to bring your mates.  All of them in fact, no matter what their skill level or experience!

Current players who bring down a new or recently-retired player will, upon that players playing the first 3 months of their membership, enjoy a £50 bar tab from on our local partner pubs! Additional exist benefits for tight 5 players.

So what are you waiting for – get in contact, or just come down and play! Training Tuesday & Thursday, 730pm!!

Hammers men’s section adopt Pitchero training tool!

With preseason starting on the 2nd July, Hammers is working hard to ensure that the training sessions ahead are targeted, effective and fun! To do this, the coaching staff needs an accurate sense of training numbers and availability. And to assist in that task, the club is adopting the Pitchero app.

All mens players are being asked to download the Pitchero app from this website: https://www.pitchero.com/join/88419  as soon as possible.

Upon downloading the app, players will be prompted to accept “push” notifications, to which you should respond “yes”.  Once this is done, players should click on the drop down menu at the top of the app’s home screen, and apply to join ALL teams.  This will send a notification to your coaches and captains, who will approve your application to join.  You will receive a notification once approved.

After approval, go back into the app, and at the bottom of the screen there is an icon that looks like a calendar called “schedule”.  Click on that icon, and you will see dates for the upcoming training sessions.   Click on future training dates, and indicate your availability.

To understand more about how the coaches are approaching preseason, and how they will use this information, please watch our recent interview with Head Coach Alain van West here.

See you at Hurlingham!



Alain van West appointed mens Head Coach

Hammersmith & Fulham RFC is pleased to welcome new Head Coach Alain van West for the 2024/25 season!

With over 15 years experience in men’s, women’s and youth Rugby across all levels of the game, Alain’s focus will be on helping all teams achieve their potential, growing the club and ensuring everyone has fun!

In the words of Alain himself, “Something clicked. I could feel straight away that we all shared the same goals – play to our potential, grow the club and enjoy ourselves. The more we talked, the more the fit felt natural and it proved impossible to resist.

I’m very pleased to be appointed. From what I have witnessed, there are clearly some brilliant rugby brains at Hammers, and I’ll be looking forward to tapping into these while we foster an environment where we all grow together.”

Join us in welcoming Alain to the London’s best

We’re hiring!

Hammersmith & Fulham RFC is recruiting a men’s Head Coach to deliver the club’s objectives of consolidating our position at Level 5 whilst supporting the ambitions of all players across all teams.

Who are we?

Since our foundation in 1978, Hammersmith & Fulham RFC (‘the Hammers’) has grown into one of London’s largest and most successful amateur Rugby clubs. With 4 men’s teams competing in the RFU and Middlesex Leagues, two women’s teams, and a vibrant vets and youth section, our commitment to high-standards combined with our ambition to compete at the highest possible level is matched only by our 1-club ethos, our inclusive and welcoming culture, and our renowned social scene.  Blessed with a deep pool of highly talented and experienced players, we also offer Rugby to those who are new to the game.

Hammersmith & Fulham RFC is more than just a Rugby club; it’s a home, and we’re looking for a vibrant, creative, and ambitious Head Coach to be part of it.

Who are we looking for?

After a sustained period of consistent success including two promotions over four seasons, we are looking for a suitably qualified and experienced men’s Head Coach to help consolidate our position at Level 5, whilst also delivering on our objective of expanding participation across all teams.

Supported by the club captain, the team captains, assistant coaches, club physios and the senior players group, you will accomplish this by providing our men’s teams with the tools to achieve success in their individual leagues and helping grow our club. Your core duties will be:

    • Shape and implement a rugby philosophy that can be consistently applied by all men’s teams across the club in pursuit of their competitive objectives (1sts, 2nds, 3rds, and 4ths).
    • Plan the coaching program for pre-and-in-season training to support the development of player skills at all levels of experience. The successful candidate will be expected to provide challenging, active and effective coaching sessions for the entire player base.
    • Plan, support and direct the execution of the coaching program by the assistant coaches at training sessions.
    • Oversee the development of the assistant coaching team through the provision of regular feedback and periodic performance assessments.
    • Evaluate match performances and training sessions with the coaching team and senior players, evolving the coaching program as necessary.
    • Support the club’s recruitment objectives with regards to the 1st XV and the wider player base.
    • Build and embed a process to identify and develop playing talent across the club including providing regular, clear and constructive feedback to individual players from all squads on how they can improve.
    • Attend Tuesday and Thursday coaching sessions and matches with the senior squads.

A Level 3 coaching certificate (or international equivalent) is required.

Where are we?

From our home base in Fulham’s Hurlingham Park, we are very close to some of London’s most vibrant and youthful suburbs and nightlife locations, are well-served by public transport and have parking facilities available. Applicants who live or work in London will find us especially convenient.

Where can I find out more about the Hammers?

For more information on what it means to be a Hammer, please visit our:

How can I apply?

If you are an energetic, ambitious coach with a love of Rugby and looking for a friendly club with an ethos of success we want to hear from you!

Please contact our Chairman Terry Alleyne, either by email (chairman@fulhamrugby.co.uk) or by phone (07505 748 379).

What a season!

Whether at Hurlingham or Harringay, Hampstead or Havant, or for the Vets or Virgin games, thanks to everyone who pulled on a Hammers jersey this season, coached from the sideline, or just came down to cheer us on. You helped make Hammers London’s greatest club, filled with and surrounded by the best people.
So what now? Not only is the club is playing 7s over the summer months, but social touch at Bishop’ Park every Tuesday.  Come down and get involved!
Until next season!

Come and watch the Hammers women defend Fortress Hurlingham!

What better way to celebrate Hammers Rugby than watching the Hammersmith & Fulham RFC womens sides defend Fortress Hurlingham in their last games of the season?! How else but watching both sides play for keeps in huge double header on the 14th April! With a bar, BBQ and epic rugby at hand, clear those calendars, and get keen!

Hammers their own worst enemy against a hungry Horsham

Hammersmith and Fulham RFC – the 1s and 2s – travelled to Horsham for their second last match of the 2023-24 season, and after enduring a brief but very intense hailstorm in one of their more unusual warm-ups they took to the field full of energy and determined to achieve their first win in since Marlborough.

The Hammers were facing a home side that, after having their relegation confirmed the previous week due to a bit result, were playing their last home match of the season. On the Hammers side, the boys were keen to put in a performance and show they had teh skills and ability of a club that deserved to play level 5.  

It was a game of 2 halves, with the first being a tale of strong defence but muddled and inconsistent attack, but the 2nd showing that the boys were lethal in attack, but foiled by their old enemy – penalties, ill-discipline, and mental lapses.

Starved of ball, for the 1st 30 minutes, the Hammers bravely kept a hungry Horsham tryless.  Time and again, the Horsham forwards powered towards the Hammers line, only to met by a resolute defence and an efficient set piece.  Unfortunately, the lack of accuracy in attack and constant penalties for high tackles – 5 in the first half alone – revealed a Hammers team that was lacking cohesion, and getting inside their own heads.  Eventually, Horsham’s constant probing paid off, probing outside the 15, and going wide off multiphase play and finding space.  Twice they would exploit that overlaps and poor tackling to run in tries, before powering over under the posts for a 3rd try shortly before half time.  The Hammers were yet to get on the board, and the boys were frustrated.

It took until the 50th minute for the boys to get off the bus, when Hammers star winger Tim ‘Le Snack’ Russell hit a devastating line off a first-phase backs move and raced clear of the covering defence to score Hammer’s first try of the game, and Timmy’s 18th of the season. Score? 22-7 on the scoreboard and – according to Timmy – a typical example of Tim “dragging his teammates from their stupor to ignite a fightback, as he has done so often this season” (spoken in 3rd person). 

Hammers suffered a tough blow when the heart and soul of the side, James ‘Mad Dog’ Madigan, in one of his last matches before departing for Paris next season, absolutely butchered a 3 v 1, taking the ball into contact with the sole defender and upon realising his error decided to stay prone and feign an injury to his knee. Karma was to come for him later that evening when the bus driver decided to test his brakes whilst James was giving it the beans at the front with an unrequested stand-up routine. Rumour has it Bastards skipper Jack Watters had slipped the bus driver a tenner…

With Hammers trailing by 3 scores and chasing the game hard, mistakes ensued and Horsham were more than capable of taking advantage of these. The two sides traded blows, with who else but Timmy – matching his own club record with his 19th score of the season – after some great passing put Marshall MacLeod and then Joe Carolan into space, before Joe fed Timmy for yet another meat pie. Tim’s 19 scores leave him joint top of the league in this regard, at the time of writing, and in such scintillating form it would be a brave man to bet against him getting a hattrick against Welsh, for the second time this season, and securing the try-scoring title. 

 To mark his generosity and the breadth of his skillset, after making yet another break down his wing, Tim Russell threw an audacious offload back inside to centre MacLeod, and he scampered over the line to gratefully dot down for his first try of the season before quickly slotting the conversion as time pressed on and Hammers were 20 points shy of Horsham on the scoreboard.

Ultimately, a loose first half and sloppy mistakes at crucial points throughout the match were too much of an obstacle to overcome, and Horsham deservedly finished runaway winners and 20 points to the good. A very strong performance over the ball earned their openside flanker the Man of the Match award, whilst for the Hammers with 2 tries and one assist who else could it possibly have been, but Le Snack himself. As talented as he is handsome, already the calls for him to assume the captaincy next year are becoming deafening.

 Hammers move on to face London Welsh at Old Deer Park for the final match of the season in a fortnight’s time in their last game of the 2023/24 season.

Rain, hail and shine, but it’s the Hammers 2s who foil themselves…

Hammers Legends play in the English and Irish Legends game!

Each year, the night before the England vs Ireland 6 nations clash, English and Irish Rugby stars of yesteryear take to the field to raise money for those who have suffered life-changing injuries playing our wonderful game. Now in its 14th year, the Rugby legends match has raised over £1.4 million pounds for charities like the RFU and IRFU’s injured players foundations.

Hammersmith & Fulham RFC are a huge supporter of this event and this cause, raising hundreds of thousands of pounds in memory of our clubmate Stuart Mangan, who passed away in 2009 as result of injuries sustained during a match the year before. In recognition of these efforts, two Hammers players are invited to take to the field for each side whenever the fixture is played in England.

This year, Ed Clark and Rogan were honoured to pull on the boots, roared on by a healthy Hammers contingent. Great work to all, and we’ll see you when the fixture next returns!

Hammers almost cause an upset

Hammer’s 1st team hosted top of the league Havant at Hurlingham Park, in what promised to be a thrilling encounter. Havant came looking to cement their place at the top of the league, whilst Hammers were focused on regathering form and righting-some-wrongs following their previous encounter against the south coast team. With The Temperance hosting the Fulham FA cup fans, up stepped the 8 Bells, who provided side-line beer for the match day, lifting the voices of the travelling fans and Hammers faithful.

With baited breath, the crowd watched as the ref blew for the start of the match. With a sloppy restart and compounding errors, Hammers found themselves 10 metres from their own line, only to find themselves in familiar territory – penalty to Havant. The hosts gladly took the 3 points. Sustained pressure from Havant and another grevious error resulted in a penalty kick to the Hammers corner, from which Havent started a driving maul. Hammers resident bad boy Barry ‘The Bruiser’ Scarr, was not best pleased with the Havant endeavour, and forced the issue.  The result? A penalty try, and some cheese for his efforts. 10 minutes in the bin for the back row player, 10-0 down, not the start Hammers were after.

The Hammers faithful fans began to question – would this be the same performance as the previous week?

Fear not. A strong response from the Hammers as they looked to breakdown the Havant defence, a strong driving maul and hard lines putting pressure on the travelling team.  More pressure, and then…Hammers cross the line. First team captain Tom Proctor, with a trademark pick through the middle of a ruck!!! He glided in untouched, reassuring the fans there is still life in the old man. Conversion successful, 10-7 to Havant. Following the try, Hammersmith are awarded a series of penalties, and once again returned to the Havant 22’. The Havant defence stood strong this time and kept out the home team.

Hammers were marshalled around the park with a quality kicking performance from Ross at 10, keeping the travelling team pinned back in their half. Havant eventually broke out of their 22 thanks to a quality kick chase, only to be stopped thanks to some solid midfield tackling from both James the “Maddog” and Marshall, keeping Havant at bay.

Unfortunately it would be Havant that would add next to the score sheet, a series of penalties resulted in Havant re-entering the Hammers 22’, and utilising their driving maul once more. Although brought to a stop, the large Havant pack deferred to their pick-and-go game, resulting in crossing the try line again. Conversion successful, Havant 17- Hammers 7.

A sequence of kicks back and forth brought in the games next stanza, with both teams looking to play territory. Strong carries from both teams, combined with a solid defence, resulted in lasting deadlock.

But then…Hammersmith, with a driving kick deep into the Havant 22. The strong running Havant back three opted to run it out targettign the right wing.  A good kick chase saw Hammers in high numbers defensively, but from no where….Barry Scarr, picking out an intercept and strolled in 30 metres out, making amends for his heinous behaviour earlier! Conversion unsuccessful, Havant 17- Hammersmith- 12.

Constant pressure and flowing rugby pinned the Havant team back in their own 22. High tackle on debutant scrum half Sam Seymour, resulted in the second cheese of the day being awarded to a Havant player.  Half time called, both teams returned to the sheds, Hammers in full confidence they could cause an upset.

Both sets of fans welcomed back the teams in full voice. The second half saw both  come out with renewed vigour, knowing that the slightest lapse in concentration could cost them dearly.

For 15 minutes neither team could add to their tally, strong driving mauls and line breaks from either side getting close but no cigar. It would be Havant that would add to the scoresheet next, following a big line break, shipping the ball wide to score in the corner, conversion successful. Havant 24- Hammers 12.

Rallying chants of ‘Hammers, Hammers’ from the sideline drove the Hammers forward. Pressure in the Havant 22’ eventually broke down the travelling team, with a carry to the line from fly half Ross, who lifted the ball into the smallest of spaces for in form full back Pete Morris to glide into, and around the winger.  With a Shearer—esque celebration added for good measure, it was the lift the Gammers needed! Havant 24- Hammers 17.

What happened next will be written into folklore. An open-field move saw the elusive Pete Morris receive an inside ball from Ross, giving him space to glide from within the Hammers half all the way up to the Havant 22.  Dancing feet and a switch pass to the supporting player and fan favourite Matt Killeen allowed him to glide over in the far corner after stepping the Havant full back! It was like something out of Swan Lake, a move straight off the training park. Head Coach Mark Jackson could be heard to utter the words ‘I a ****ing genius’. Conversion successful, 24 a-piece, what a game on at Fortress Hurlingham.

Havant  didn’t lie down.  Through sustained pressure, they made their way into the Hammers 22’ and, with a penalty awarded in front of the post, opted for the 3 points. Havant retook the lead as we entered the final 5 minutes.

Unfortunately it would not be Hammers day. A well-worked penalty kick to the corner for Havant and an ever present strong driving maul saw the travelling team cross the whitewash again in negative time, confirm their win for the day. Full time Havant 34- Hammers 24.

It was not to be for the home team , although they will take their renewed energy and performance down to Kent the following week, as they look to disrupt Tunbridge Wells.

Congratulations go to debutants Sam Seymour and Jack Macgregor, as well as returning prop Ed Wynne. Hammersmith wish the best to Havant as they look to solidify their position at the top of the table.