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Tournaments are Back this Summer!

Summer Tournaments. Following on from the welcome return to fives playing at locations throughout the UK since 17th May, the RFA can now bring the exciting news that a number of tournaments will be taking place during the summer. These are: 2nd to 4th July – University Tournament in Durham, run by Michael Suddaby (contact […]


Fives players poised for a return to court

A return to play Nationwide, 17 May 2021 Across the country Rugby Fives players are dusting off their gloves and stretching rarely used muscles in preparation for that most joyous of things: a return to court this week. It follows the government’s announcement that it would, as planned, relax the Covid-induced restrictions that were in […]

News  Schools

Loretto courts refurbished

Court refurbishment Loretto School, Musselburgh, 5 May 2021 The RFA is delighted to announce the complete renovation of the Roger Whait Fives Courts at Loretto School in Musselburgh, near Edinburgh, writes Richie Murby. With consultation and support from the RFA, the school has overseen the complete refurbishment of both the viewing area and the courts […]

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National Schools tournaments announced

National Schools Tournament Alleyn’s School, Dulwich, 14-22 August 2021. The RFA is delighted – ecstatic, even – to announce that it is planning to hold a tournament later this year. In fact, it is planning to hold several tournaments. The National Schools Tournaments are to be held at Alleyn’s School in Dulwich, London, in mid-August, […]


John Evans 1933-2021. The man who restored Fives to Rugby

Rugby Fives Association February 2021 The RFA is sad to report the death of John Evans, the man who brought Fives back to Rugby School Dick Warner writes:  John (always “Jock” to his generations of pupils) Evans, who died on 3rd February 2021 aged 87, was a super-talented man (an able sportsman, very musical and a […]


Fives Podcasts return for Season Three

It's an exciting new season for the Fives Podcast. Guest hosts will be joining the established team of Dave Butler, Sam Russell and Matt Shaw for a third season, discussing various topics of interest, current and historical. The first guest host is Shinan Zhang, who previously took part in Season 2's That Mental Toughness Episode. [...]


New Treasurer for RFA

RFA board 26th November 2020 At the RFA’s recent board meeting, James Tilston was appointed as the Association’s new Treasurer. In this role, he succeeds David Parlby, who became President of the RFA in September. James (pictured, above right, with Rupert Mathieu) is eminently suited to his new role. Not only will he be a […]


Michael Haslam 1934-2020

The RFA is sad to report the death of Michael Haslam earlier this month. With the blessing of Michael’s daughter, Melanie Whitehead, David Barnes has written this tribute to him. Michael Haslam  1934–2020 Michael Haslam attended Sedbergh School and studied medicine at Cambridge and St. Bartholomew’s Hospital. The Times records him representing St. Bart’s at […]