The Richmond Heavies

The Heavies are the veteran team of Richmond Rugby and were formed back in 1971. They were mostly composed back then of ex 1st XV or ‘Academy’ players and these days whilst this is still true, we welcome anyone from within the club or outside with the ethos of playing great rugby and enjoying a post-game beer or two.

Tradition dictates that a new Captain is elected every year by former skippers, and that if you’re spotted out training, a jug of gin and tonic will be your fine at the next game.  

The current Heavies Captain (Skips no. 49) is Thomas William Price.

The Heavies are famed for long haul tours to destinations like the Caribbean, South Africa, USA and Argentina. You could earn also a famous ‘Stripy Heavies Blazer’ for touring with us.

In recent years we have maintained our ‘amateur’ status despite several tempting offers and a Heavy can always be found at any point at either of our clubhouses, the Athletic Ground or the Sun Inn.

Whilst we have had numerous internationals play in the shirt over the years, we have also had some fully unbeaten seasons; Botes ’73, Chisnall ’84, O’Hanlon ’87, Slagter ’90, Oliveira ’95, Chisnall ’01 and Hawkes ’03. It’s certainly a feat every Captain aims for, not least to keep Dougal quiet.

This year’s fixtures can be found by clicking above and will be updated if any changes occur.

The Heavies are looking forward to the 19/20 season (our 49th), especially as we will start our season later than normal due to the World Cup. Plus on the horizon is our 50th year and that somehow nicely coincides with the potential tour to watch the Lions in South Africa. Stripy Blazer time again!

Cheers

The Richmond Heavies

Heavies Captains

1971 – Preece

1972 – Jasques

1973 – Botes*

1974 – Blaney

1975 – Allen

1976 – Robins

1977 – Morgan

1978 – Buchanan

1979 – Reid

1980 – Stansfield

1981 – James

1982 – Bucknall

1983 – Thomas

1984 – Chisnall*

1985 – Diery

1986 – Faktor

1987 – O’Hanlon*

1988 – Brooks

1989 – Edwards

1990 – Slagter*

1991 – Ray

1992 – Wright

1993 – Bushell

1994 – Hester

1995 – Oliveira*

1996 – Hess

1997 – Holman

1998 – Conner

1999 – Law

2000 – Griffin

2001 – Chisnall*

2002 – Priechenfried

2003 – Hawkes*

2004 – Sterry

2005 – Williams

2006 – Fenton

2007 – Taylor

2008 – Bower

2009 – Kottler

2010 – Vyvyan

2011 – Tozer

2012 – Darke

2013 – Fairn

2014 – Foster

2015 – Flynn

2016 – Samuel

2017 – Grundy

2018 – Holmes

2019 – Price

* unbeaten season