IT’S a fifth successive year as Wiltshire champions for Salisbury RFC under 15s after they were handed the trophy because Bradford on Avon couldn’t raise a full side.

The visitors came to Castle Road with just 12 players but played the final thanks to the hosts lending some players.

The age group three years below did exceptionally well at Chippenham in the Wiltshire Cup to book their place at the Dorset and Wilts Finals day at Castle Road.

  • Teenagers Tobi Arnold and Harry Mould are aiming to follow in the successful footsteps of 2014 Six Nations player of the tournament Mike Brown, Tom Heathcote and Rory Jennings after being invited to train with Bath Academy.


DEPLETED Salisbury RFC suffered a league bashing at Cheltenham when three promising youngsters from the Colts stepped up to the first team.

The bottom side’s concerning state, riddled with absences and injuries, gave flanker Ben Smigielski, pictured, who scored a try, and Rupert Coley and Michael Catley debuts during an 85-18 loss in South West 1 (East).

Things were looking bright when Roland Barter opened the scoring straight from kick off, but Cheltenham had too much nous and kept the scoreboard ticking over to their advantage.

Andy Herriott finished off a well worked move for the final score for the visitors and also added a penalty to sink the Castle Road club closer to Southern Counties.