Hammers Ladies are looking for a new backs coach

Hammers Ladies would like to enhance their current coaching set up by recruiting a Backs Coach to help deliver the teams’ objective of securing promotion to Championship South for our 1st XV and supporting our 2nd XV in their progress up the leagues.


Who are we?

Hammersmith & Fulham Ladies were formed in 2003 and have grown to become an experienced squad with a first team who were Championship South East 2 winners in the 2019/20 season, and a 2nd XV who in their first full season topped their Inner Warrior League. The squad is a part of Hammersmith & Fulham RFC (‘the Hammers’) which is one of London’s largest and most successful amateur Rugby clubs, with an ethos of playing high-level rugby, an inclusive and welcoming culture and a renowned social scene.

Hammersmith and Fulham Ladies RFC is more than just a Rugby club, it’s a home, and we’re looking for a passionate, self-motivated and enthusiastic Backs Coach to be part of it.


Who are we looking for?

 Backed by the established coaching team of Paul Phillips and Andy Barrington, our Ladies squads are ready to take on their new challenges. Whether it is our 1st XV aiming to defend their league title and obtain promotion to Championship South or our 2nd XV looking to flourish in National Challenge 2, we are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic Backs Coach to join us for the 2020-21 season and beyond. Working in conjunction with the current coaching team and supported by the Captains of the Ladies teams, as well as the Ladies Committee, we would look to the Backs Coach to support the creation of a challenging and supporting environment for both experienced and new players.

They would be expected to:

  • Contribute to the planning and delivering of training sessions twice a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7.30-9pm) during the season (August to April), availability for pre-season/summer training can be discussed
  • Assist the Head Coach with match day squad selection
  • Support the squad on match days (Sundays), both home and away

The ideal coach would have:

  • Minimum of Level 2 coaching qualification, though those with RFU Rugby Ready and CPD Scrum Factory will be considered
  • Experience as a backs coach
  • Experience of coaching women’s rugby
  • Have a genuine interest in being a part of the squad and a passion for player development and to help progress and promote women’s rugby

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 and are well-served by public transport. Applicants who work in London will find us especially convenient.


Position:          Backs Coach

Section:            Ladies

Contract Type: Voluntary


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

For more information please contact our Ladies Director, Sophie Tauchert by 30September 2020

Email: hfrfcladiesdirector@gmail.com

Return to Play one step closer

Community Rugby has moved one step further towards returning to competitive rugby. The RFU has announced that its Return to Community Rugby Roadmap has advanced from Stage C to Stage D.

The six stage roadmap progresses from Stage A which related to individual training with one other person through to Stage F where there can be a return to competitive matches against other teams.

The progression to Stage D on the Return to Rugby Roadmap means that limited and adapted contact activity can now be included in a training session and inter-club Touch/Ready4Rugby fixtures are allowed. In Stage D a maximum 15 minutes (total duration) of adapted contact activities within a single training session is permitted. In the remainder of the training session, players are permitted to undertake socially distanced strength and conditioning activities, small group non-contact skill development practice and/or Touch/Ready4Rugby games (the only other permitted game training activity).

Return to Play

The RFU has announced that its Return to Community Rugby Roadmap has been updated from Stage C to STAGE D which means that clubs are now able to recommence a small amount of contact rugby – limited to no more than 15 minutes per 75 minute session.

Clubs must continue to follow government Coronavirus (Covid-19) guidelines, along with any local government lockdown restrictions that may be introduced.

The RFU has produced detailed guidance for Clubs which is available on the England Rugby website www.englandrugby.com/dxdam/04/047966b8-78b5-42a6-b106-81c5899443f0/Restarting-competitive-grassroots_VF.pdf

The return will initially be through non-contact rugby focused on Ready4Rugby, a specifically designed new non-contact game, enabling two teams of up to 10 players to engage in training and match activity in their own club environment. Subject to satisfactory operation through August the RFU hope to be able to move to inter-club Ready4Rugby in September.

Further details about Ready4Rugby can be found on the England Rugby website www.englandrugby.com/participation/playing/game-on/ready-4-rugby

Andrew Barrington will continue to ensure that Hammersmith & Fulham RFC remains compliant with the RFU and Government guidelines and will advise on changes to adult training in due course.

Hammers are back!

Hammersmith & Fulham RFC is excited to welcome all new and returning players to our 2020-21 season!

Pre-season training starts on Thursday 9th July, 7-9pm at Hurlingham Park, SW6. In order to ensure pre-season is safe, productive and fun, ALL new and returning players MUST read the pre-season guidance

Hamtons renews club sponsorship

Hamptons International have renewed their sponsorship of the club for a further three years in a deal which sees them retain their position as main club sponsor.

“We are delighted that Hamtons have agreed to continue their support for the club, particularly during these very challenging times,” said club treasurer Chris Cuthbertson. “We look forward to seeing their logo emblazoned across our jerseys as soon as we are allowed to take to the field again.”

Youth section passing challenge raises £50,000

The Hammersmith & Fulham RFC Youth Section has surpassed all expectations in their Murrayfield or Bust challenge to raise over £50,000 for the Friends of Charing Cross Hospital.

Rugby stars support Hammers charity challenge

A whole host of starts from the worlds of sport and television have made videos to support the Hammers’ youth section challenge to virtually throw a ball from Twickenham to Murrayfield

Murrayfield or Bust

On Saturday 16th May, all the youth players at Hammersmith & Fulham RFC – from the U16s right down to the minis – are joining forces to try and raise £10,000 for the FRIENDS OF CHARING CROSS HOSPITAL

Charing Cross Hospital Covid-19 Appeal

The club has donated £500 to the Friends of Charing Cross Hospital Charity to help out during the Covid-19 crisis.

Charing Cross is our local hospital and has admitted a number of COVID-19 patients, with numbers continuing to grow. Like other medical facilities, they are facing unprecedented challenges and one way they have found to help is by converting their shop, which has been forced to close due to Covid-19 restrictions, to a distribution centre for donations (primarily food and hand cream). The shop is run by the Friends of Charing Cross Hospital Charity, and they are now giving away their existing stock free to NHS workers in the hospital.

They are providing free refreshments for staff and aim to continue for as long as necessary.  Donations have enabled them to provide equipment to the onsite nursery in support of key workers children. But they need to raise more awareness and funding at this unprecedented time.

If you are able to help in any way, here are some of the things they’d be grateful for…

  1. Give their social media channels a shout-out to spread the news of their urgent campaign by retweeting/reposting/mentioning. Please also feel free to add their details to your website/email signatures/communications etc:
  1. Share the link to their campaign to your clients/staff and on your social media channels:


  1. Please consider donating to their campaign (link above!) – they are happy to give a thank you on their website and social media channels for any support given:
  1. Please consider donating any goods that can be made available to NHS staff via the shop. They will be happy to provide acknowledgement on their website.

20-21 league positions

H&F RFC Ladies 1st XV
The Ladies 1st Team has been confirmed as winners of Championship 2 South East. However, the team will not be promoted as the Ladies Section had already decided to decline promotion

H&F RFC Men’s 1st XV
The Men’s 1st XV has been confirmed as runners-up of London 2 North West, finishing behind London Welsh. Based on playing record, the team will be promoted to London 1 ahead of Southwold who were runners-up in London 2 North East.

Full details can be found on the England Rugby website