Richmond Rugby has today confirmed preseason fixtures against local rivals Blackheath and Esher as preparations continue ahead of the 2019/20 season.
The first-team squad will kick-off proceedings with a preseason fixture away against Blackheath this Friday evening, before a two day-camp in Brighton commencing Saturday 24th August. The squad will then make the trip to Esher for a preseason match the following Saturday.
Alongside the camp, both matches will play a significant role in gaining vital match fitness ahead of Richmond’s opening National 1 game against Darlington Mowden Park on Saturday 7th September.
The club is delighted to announce that the bulk of the 2019/20 squad has been retained, with skipper Cam Mitchell and vice-captains Jesse Liston and Jake Parker, all re-signing with the club. This follows the re-signing of; hooker Ross Grimstone, locks Max Crawford and Myles Scott, scrum-half Jamie Gibbs, fly-half Lewis Dennett, inside-centre Ronnie Mclean, wings Jono Woodward and Ben Rath, as well as fullback Rob Kirby who finished the 2018/19 season as the second highest points-scorer in the Championship. In total, 27 players have been retained ahead of the new season.
We are also excited to announce the signing of a number of new players. The squad has been strengthened by the arrival of props Jimmy Litchfield (London Scottish) and Ken Dowding (Ospreys) lock forwards Alex Bibic (Esher) and Byron Hodge (London Scottish), back-rowers Tom Pashley (Hartpury College) and James Catlin (Bath), scrum-half Toby Dabell (Cinderford) and wingers Toby Eaton (Hartpury College) and Hamish Graham (Blackheath).
Ahead of the preseason fixtures and following the squad announcement, Director of Rugby Steve Hill said: “The squad have worked incredibly hard since the beginning of July. They are now looking forward to putting that effort into live practice matches. The group is an exciting mix of returning Richmond Championship players, as well as a group of new arrivals who are all pushing hard for a starting place. We cannot wait to get started.”
Friday 16th August: Blackheath vs Richmond Rugby, Away, KO 19:30
Saturday 31st August: Esher vs Richmond Rugby Away, KO 15:00
Retained: Jack Allcock, Imad Bouhedjeur, Andrew Boyce, Max Crawford, Hugo Culverhouse, Ben Cook, Jeremy Cunnew, Harry Davies, Lewis Dennett, Oliver Evans, Rupert Freestone, Jamie Gibbs, Ross Grimstone , Callum Grant, Rob Kirby, Jesse Liston , Ronnie McLean, Cameron Mitchell, Louis Molloy, Nathaniel Opedo, Jake Parker, Daniel Parkinson, Ben Rath, Toby Saysell, Timmy Walford, Morgan Ward, Jono Woodward
Signed: David Banfield (Chingford), Alex Bibic (Esher), James Catlin (Bath University), Toby Dabell (Cinderford), George de Cothi (Ampthil) , Ken Dowding (Army), Toby Eaton (Hartpury), Hugo Flinn (Bath Academy/Ding Crusaders), Paddy Gogin (Hartpury College), Byron Hodge (London Scottish), Dan Kelly ( Birmingham and Solihull), Jimmy Litchfield (London Scottish), Thomas Pashley (Hartpury College), Loewy Simmons (Roehampton Uni), Sam Theron (Leeds Beckett), Adam Thresher (Bath Uni), Callum Torpey (Bury St Edmunds)
To view the full fixture list for season 2019/20 click here.