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Briggsy's Blog

By Becky Naylor

Here's the blog from Adam Briggs from the match day programme

This week we welcome Barnsley to Ripon and they will be arriving in a confident mood after a 31 - 10 victory over Yarnbury.

Riponian's should feel a huge sense of pride at the way the City pulled together in a magnificent act of remembrance, in commemorating the end of the First World War. Ripon was a significant troop coordination centre and at one time 125,000 men were billeted under canvass within its parish. Sadly we all know the fate of many of those young men. We should remember with pride and be proud of our collective act of remembrance.

Back to rugby, it is the same pride that is called for on the pitch and let us make no mistake we are in a dog fight! As we lay second to bottom in the table, today is an ideal opportunity to demonstrate that fighting spirit that is within all of us. We have enjoyed some tough, but great encounters with Barnsley and today will be no different.

A plea from the coaching team is that all players please make every effort to be available, as the run up to the festive season will be crucial, and yes, shops are open on Sundays these days! With another 9 changes to the First XV we need to try and build more consistency.

If Ireland demonstrated they are true contenders for the World Cup last weekend, England showed that they are only pretenders. They were out-thought, out-played and out-fought by a Japanese side that silenced HQ for 40 minutes! We can but hope Owen Farrell remains fit or it might be a very short visit to the land of the rising sun!

I hope you all enjoy this afternoons game and thank you for your support.

Where next?

Director of Rugby Steps Down As a volunteer run club its never easy to give up your position. Today Ian Hassall has formally stepped down from his role in the club.
Confirmed Fixtures - Sunday 25th November This week the Mini Midis play Yarnbury, with the U13s & U15s playing Harrogate at Home. Other teams are Away.

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Fixtures
Sat 23 Mar
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Ripon 1xv Barnsley
League TBC
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Ripon 2xv Hornblowers Wharfedale 3
League 15:00
Sun 24 Mar
a
Ripon u13 Otley
Friendly 10:00
h
Ripon u10 Otley RUFC
Friendly C – C
C
a
Ripon u9 Tour
Friendly 10:00
h
Ripon U8s Otley
Friendly 10:00
h
Ripon U7s Otley
Friendly 10:00
h
Ripon U16 Hull Ionians
Friendly 11:00
a
Ripon u18 Roundhegians
Friendly 12:00
h
Girls U15s Moortown
Friendly 14:00
h
Girls U13s Moortown
Friendly 14:00
h
Ripon Girls Moortown
Friendly 15:00
Sat 30 Mar
h
Ripon 1xv Northallerton
League TBC
h
Ripon Women Northallerton
Friendly 14:00
a
Ripon 2xv Hornblowers Northallerton 2
League 15:00

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