Mens Rugby

Hackney RFC’s runs four sides: The 1st XV Griffins, The 2nd XV Gargoyles, The 3rd XV Gogs and The Fantastic Fours.

The 1st XV play in London & SE 3 (North-West) in 16/17. PJ Lloyd captains the side.

The 2nd XV play in the Herts/M’sex merit Table, level 2. Damien Bouvier captains the side.

The 3rd XV play in the Herts/M’sex merit Table, level 5. Paul Baker captains the side.

An occasional 4th XV play a number of friendlies throughout the season against local sides.

All playing members are invited on tour at the end of the season. The last seven years have seen over 30 players visit Madrid, Munich, Malta, Lisbon, Sofia, Llubjana, Buchearest, Makarska and Brno.

Club Code

Hackney RFC values:

We will always encourage these values within the club.

Promoting the game of rugby in Hackney


Social inclusiveness; promoting the enjoyment of rugby for all

Respect for all other members of the club (players, coaches & supporters)

Promoting participation in the club for all members

Promoting fairness and equal opportunities for all club members to play rugby

Selection Policy

Seek to field a winning team

Seek to field a team stronger, faster and fitter than the opposition

Seek to field a team with positional cover and options

Seek to field a team that offers development and support to improving players

Seek to field a team with a strong sense of spirit

Seek to field a team selected on merit not habit

Criteria Involved In The Selection Process

Player assessment – who’s hot and who’s not

Player availability

Player fitness

Player commitment

Player attitude

Opposition strengths or weaknesses

Ability to adapt to the referee

Personnel Involved In The Selection Process

Head Coach

Team captains to lead selection for thier respective sides

Opinions of coaching team sought and considered

Selection to Be Made as a Majority Decision Between:

Head Coach

Team captain

Team assistant coach(es)

In the event of a dispute the Club Coaching Coordinator shall act as arbitrator

 Availability & Selection

Monday - Club Captain’s email includes details of all 3 fixtures and upcoming social events. An automated email with the weekend's fixtures sent to all members. This gives the option to nominate their upcoming availability. Members are asked to do this as soon as possible.


Wednesday - Final cut-off for nominating availability for the following weekend

Thursday - All squads announced whenever possible via email. If players availability status changes they are asked to update thier respective captain as soon as possible

Saturday - all players are asked to be at the arranged meet on time. Those who go direct to the ground should let their team’s captain know in advance, and must arrive by the time stipulated by their captain. Arriving on time is not only important because it makes life easier for those organising, or because it means your team-mates are not left waiting around for you, but primarily because ensuring that the team is warm and ready to go at kick off has an obvious impact on performance.