Way back in September 2021 at the start of the rugby season, many of the small Plymouth area-based rugby clubs realised early on that season 21/22 was going to be a tough season. With so many players not returning to the game this meant that many of the lower-tier teams started to struggle to put sides out. The Saints happen to be one of those sides. 

A Quick Plan was needed!!

So, after a player meeting a decision was taken to contact our old friends at Plym Vic RFC – (Chris H – A Thankyou from the club players) and see if they were interested in allowing our team to come and play alongside side them but under there colours and in support of them. 

As a team Plym Vic had just enough players but no subs. By joining forces, we gave them those subs numbers required and in doing so this meant that Plym Vic could field a full team each week and uphold their matches. This also meant every week The Saints would get a game. 

Of course, it’s not been all roses and did mean ST Columba & Torpoint RFC Men’s XV had to sacrifice its own league season, we were pulled from the Devon Merit League but did remain within the Plymouth Combination League. (Please see Plymouth Combination Merit League below). 

How has the season been!!

As we approached the end of the season both teams have had what seems to be the best league season for some time.  Joining forces was clearly a great idea. It has been commended by the Plymouth Combination Executive, Devon RFU and the RFU for the quick thinking of both men’s teams to save a season for 2 clubs and ensure rugby at grassroots men’s could take place every Saturday through the season.  

But it is not over yet!!!! with a few more games in hand, both teams are hoping that a Top 5 finish can be achieved in the Plymouth Merit Combination League. The clubs also have a semi-final of the Pendrick Cup to play with a local Derby for The Saints with a small hope down to Liskeard & Looe RFC. Date & Time TBC (Keep an eye on club social media for updates). 

A Big Thankyou & Message from the Chair

The Club Chair at this point would like to say thank you to Plymouth Victoria RFC for allowing this action to take place. It clearly was the right choice. 

She says “Our men’s team showed great maturity by taking the jump early on and supporting Plym Vic and by being prepared to sacrifice their own season this ensured a season could and would happen for two teams and their clubs”  

“ST Columba & Torpoint RFC are very much looking forward to next season as a club and for The Saints Men XV with the new changes regards to the “Game On Rule” The Saints will be in a much stronger position to field a team each week”.