ANDOVER RFC

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Welcome to the 1st XV web page. Here you will find all the information you need. 

Look out for team announcements and any other info from your captain and coaches.

Weekend selection will be posted below once the selectors have published their teams.

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The senior player selection policy is available here as a PDF or here as Word.

Team Contacts

Alex Hibdige
Alex Hibdige
Captain
TBC
TBC
Manager
Carl Sievewright
Manager
Carl.Sievewright@gmail.com
07769 578 708

Andy Waite
Andy Waite
Head Coach
AndyFWaite@hotmail.co.uk
07831 250 667
Principal Coach
Marc Wilding
Principal Coach
TBC
Coach
Michael Francis Pollin
Player Profiling, Learning and Development
07979 577 455

Latest News

1st XV v Old Reigation - 08/04/2017

Old Reigatian 24 Andover 34

They’ve done it, Andover are staying up.

In an incredible display of rugby, easily their best of the season, Andover pulled off the great escape at high flying old Reigatian last Saturday and sent old rivals Portsmouth crashing through the trap door.

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1st XV v KCS Old Boys - 01/04/2017

Andover 29 KCS Old Boys 5

Oakwood sponsored Andover ensured the relegation battle in London South West two goes to a final day shoot out, with a superb performance against a strong KCS Old Boys outfit last Saturday.

It’s now a three way ‘do or die’ battle between Andover, Effingham and Leatherhead and Portsmouth for the final place in the drop zone and with all three having tough looking away games, it promises to be a real nail biter.

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1st XV v Twickenham - 11/03/2017

Andover 25 Twickenham 31

In a pulsating encounter that swung one way then the other, Oakwood sponsored Andover ran high flying Twickenham very close, before having to settle for two very valuable bonus points at Foxcotte Park last weekend.

So tight is the relegation battle in London South West two, that even in defeat, a late try from man of the match James Monck, may yet prove crucial to Andover’s survival.

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1st XV v London Exiles - 04/03/2017

London Exiles 13 Andover 14

For the first time in seven attempts, Oakwood sponsored Andover beat London Exiles last weekend, to send out a clear message that they are not going down from London South West two without a fight.

Exiles have been something of a bogey team for Andover, but on this occasion the All Blacks were well worth their first away win of the season and indeed could have won more comfortably.

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1st XV V London Cornish - 18/02/2017

Andover 14 London Cornish 41 

A much improved performance wasn't enough for Oakwood sponsored Andover, as they slipped into the relegation zone after defeat at the hands of runaway league leaders London Cornish at Foxcotte park last  Saturday .

With nearest rivals Effingham and Leatherhead again winning things are looking bleak for the 'All Blacks.'

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1st XV v Old Tonbridgians - 11/02/2017

Old Tonbridgians 35 Andover 8

It was another frustrating away day for Oakwood sponsored Andover as West London side Old Tonbridgians proved too strong for the depleted visitors.

The blow of defeat was doubled after the final whistle for Andover, as they discovered nearest relegation rivals Effingham and Leatherhead had scored a surprise win away at Winchester to narrow the gap to just four points.

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1st XV v Winchester - 04/02/2017

Winchester 42 Andover 10

A mixed Andover side took the field at Winchester last Saturday in the Gales Hampshire cup and despite a good showing for much of the game, eventually succumbed to the more expansive game of the home side.

Andover welcomed back Carl Sievewright to the pack where they dominated throughout in the tight play providing a lot of possession.

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1st XV v Effingham & Leatherhead - 28/01/2017

Andover 28 Effingham and Leatherhead 17

Oakwood sponsored Andover took a huge step away from the London South West division two relegation zone at Foxcotte Park last Saturday, by beating nearest rivals Effingham and Leatherhead in a tense and exciting battle at Foxcotte park.

And it was young academy star Ioan Gwynne Davies who grabbed the headlines with as an assured display as you will see from a seventeen year old, including two very well taken tries, to help his team to a fully deserved win.

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1st XV v Portsmouth - 07/01/2017

Portsmouth 46 Andover 8

The Christmas break did nothing to change the fortunes of Oakwood sponsored Andover as a poor second half saw them well beaten away to Hampshire rivals Portsmouth last weekend.  

Relegation is now becoming a realistic prospect for the ‘All Blacks’ as an error strewn performance saw them virtually hand the points to a Portsmouth side, who are now pushing away from the drop zone themselves.

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1st XV v Camberley - 17/09/2016

Andover 24 Camberley 60

Once again Andover were handed a reminder of the difference between the haves and have nots in this league, as they went down comprehensively to high flying Camberley last weekend. 

The visitors from Surrey have big ambitions and a budget to match, but they didn’t have it all their own way, as Andover fought hard to the end to get something from the game.

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1st XV v KCS Old Boys - 10/12/2016

KCS Old Boys 24 Andover 14 

A performance of power and passion from a makeshift Andover almost stole the spoils from high flying KCS in London last weekend.

Indeed, shorn of many of their stars through injury and unavailability, Oakwood sponsored Andover travelled with just fifteen players and had to rely on club stalwart Harry Foxwell dashing from Oxford to have anyone on the bench. 

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1st XV v Warlingham - 26/11/2016

Andover 58 Warlingham 6

It was a return to winning ways and not before time for Oakwood sponsored Andover as they moved clear of the relegation zone with a thumping victory over bottom club Warlingham.

Eighteen-year old flanker Ben Ciccotti stole the show with a splendid hat trick of tries as the latest excellent academy product to roll off the production line. 

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1st XV v London Exiles - 05/11/2016

Andover 28 London Exiles 36

A stirring second half performance was not quite enough for Andover last weekend as they had to settle for just a bonus point against old adversaries London Exiles.

There was much to admire for the home side however as they ran Exiles mightily close in a pulsating second half and for the first time showed they have the fire power to beat them.

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Ist v London Cornish - 29/10/2016

London Cornish 42 Andover 5

Runaway league leaders London Cornish gave Oakwood sponsored Andover a lesson in finishing in Wimbledon last weekend, to run out comfortable winners.

‘As a totally amateur club it’s hard to compete sometimes.’ Said Director of Rugby Andy Waite, ‘but this game was much closer than the scoreline suggests and in truth on another day we could have got something from it.’ 

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1st XV v Old Tonbridgians - 22/10/2016

Andover 37 Old Tonbridgians 34

In a breath-taking encounter of end to end rugby, Andover finally fell the right side of a tight finish, to record a much needed five-point home win last weekend.

Although never behind after the first three minutes, Andover were also never in control, but at last kept their nerve at the death, to win with a last-gasp Charlie Waite penalty.

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1st XV v Effingham & Leatherhead - 08/10/2016

Effingham and Leatherhead 23 Andover 19

It was another frustrating day on the road for Oakwood sponsored Andover as once again they lost a close contest with the final play of the game.

They say lightening doesn’t strike twice, but in four of their five matches so far, Andover have been right in the running with moments to go and failed to convert the wins, which would have given them a very healthy league position.

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1st XV v London Exiles - 15/10/2016

London Exiles 42 Andover 19

This year’s national intermediate cup campaign came to an abrupt halt for Oakwood sponsored Andover as old Rivals London Exiles marched into the next round last Saturday.

A much changed Andover made the journey to West London as unavailability and injury took its toll, but there was much to admire in the performance as Director of Rugby Andy Waite was able to run the rule over more players from his wider squad.

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1st XV v Winchester - 01/10/2016

Andover 22 Winchester 23

It was a real ding dong derby at the Goodship ground last Saturday, as Oakwood sponsored Andover went down by a single point in a thriller against local rivals Winchester.

In a game that swung one way then the other and then back again, the ‘All Blacks’ have to see this as one that got away on home turf, as the outgunned but resilient visitors clung on to claim the win.

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1st XV v Portsmouth - 24/09/2016

Andover 23 Portsmouth 15

After a disastrous first twenty minutes Oakwood sponsored Andover staged an impressive comeback against Portsmouth to record their first win of the season.

The visitors comfortably beat Andover in the corresponding fixture last season using their giant forwards to dominate and strangle the ‘All Blacks’ ambition.

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1st XV v Camberley - 17/09/2016

Camberley 37 Andover 23

For the second game in succession a last gasp try robbed Oakwood sponsored Andover of deserved league points, this time away to much fancied Surrey outfit Camberley.

The former National league one side are on the up after years of decline and are expected to challenge for the title this time around, but were given a real fright by Andover who showed that they also believe they belong at this level.

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1st XV v Old Reigation - 10/09/2016

Andover 12 Old Reigatian 16

It was last gasp misery for Oakwood sponsored Andover as they began their London South West league two campaign with a narrow defeat at home to much fancied Old Reigatian.

Andover led 12-9 against the Surrey outfit, but with the referee playing and incredible 14 minutes of overtime, Reigatian grabbed a late, late score to break their hearts.

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1st XV v Effingham and Leatherhead - 23/04/2016

Andover 29 Effingham and Leatherhead 5
After making it to safety last weekend, Oakwood sponsored Andover could have been forgiven for relaxing this week, but instead turned in their most impressive home performance of the season to dismiss a strong Leatherhead side.
The visitors turned up full of confidence after a good win of their own and boasting former Harlequins and England international Chris Sheasby in the back row.

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1st XV v KCS Old Boys - 16/05/2016

KCS Old Boys 0 Andover 47
After a monumental struggle over the past few months, Andover finally came of age in London South West division two last weekend, with a brilliant display in Kingston against KCS Old Boys.
Andover needed to win and hope Weybridge Vandals result went their way, to avoid a nerve racking final weekend, indeed defeat for Andover would have meant almost certain relegation.

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