We're looking to recruit players old and new across our 4 mens teams and booming ladies side. Another league team, 3 promotions, 2 new coaches and plenty of off field success mean 17/18 is shaping up to be our best season yet.

Now that pre-season is over we are only training on wednesdays. (Edited 28th August)

If you'd like to join in, we start pre-season training on Monday 3rd July at 7:30pm at Spring Hill sports ground (E5 9BL) continuing ever Monday and Wednesday through July and August, we're also running Tag rugby sessions on Saturdays from 12 at Clissold Park (Stoke Newington). Contact rugby@hackneyrfc.co.uk for more info.

Here's a reminder of our successes as a club last season, and what we're building towards.

The Griffins:

Hackney Rugby Club have won the London North West Three title convincingly and are gearing up for competition in London North West Two for the 2017/18 season.

Captain John Paul Lloyd had this to say about The Griffins:

Expectations: Two years of improvement had the Griffins on the precipice of promotion. Any progress meant joining the big leagues of London Two North West.

Reality: League winners on the back of 135 tries, 5 bagels and 1 super bagel. 41 players contributing to on field success with a healthy balance of club stalwarts and new additions. 

Standout Players: Matt Strong and Fraser Tait showed us that it's helpful to be bigger than everyone else when playing rugby. 

Pressing issues: With the average age of the Griffins on the wrong side of 30 it's likely that next season oxygen will be needed on the side of the pitch more than water. 

Next Season: A new league means strange and exotic places to see, well maybe just strange. Places like Chelmsford, once described by Charles Dickens as "the dullest and most stupid spot on the face of the Earth", I for one can't wait.

The departure of Marcus Tobin means that the club will have a new head coach but he's left the club in fine fettle. With more pins and strikes that a Tin Man at Rowans "Marcusball" has been a huge part in how the team has managed to unlock defenses all season.  A new coach will mean plenty of fresh ideas and combinations to test out which means a committed pre-season.

If we want to kick on from last year then July and August will be the most important months of the year so I hope to see a plenty of you malcolming their way across Spring Hill over the Summer months. 

The Gargoyles

Hackney 2nds last year set themselves the target of winning the league. With a strong club mentality and camaraderie they managed this only suffering one defeat. The dedication of the new players to raise their and the game of others around them, the inspiring performances of the established players and the competition in position made this season a fantastic one whether player or spectator.

The 2nds look forward to moving into the Merit 1 table and bringing with them the hard work and performances that have made last season such a success.

The Gogs

Promotion to Merit 4 was the reward for a successful season in Merit 5. Matt Hanton (Ex club and 2s captain) has taken over captaincy and with the 4s now in the league structure, there's sure to be plenty of competition for places.

The 4s

Hackney Men's 4th XV is the team for allcomers at Hackney 4th XV, whether you are a vet, a social player, someone who struggles to make training but still wants to play, then the 4th XV is for you. 

We will have a particular focus on bringing through colts from the Hackney Bulls introducing them to adult rugby by passing on our experience and preparing them for the rigours of playing for the more senior men's teams.

This will be the 4th XV's first season in a league. Meaning more consistent games and opposition. 

The Gladies

After a consolidating season of 15s and a few storming 7-a-side performances the Ladies team are looking to push on in the league system. Helped by the arrival of experienced coach Steve Wagstaff.