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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 […]

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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. [...]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Cambridge University Fives Club reveal promo video

Cambridge University Rugby Fives Club Cambridge, 24th September 2020 The RFA is delighted to share with the wider Fives community a wonderful promotional video created by the Cambridge University Fives Club. Ladies Captain Savanna Leboff, Social Secretary Ashwin Ahuja and members of the club edited together this film for the Virtual Freshers Fair, which opens […]

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New Deputy President and President for RFA

RFA AGM Online, 23rd September 2020 The 2020 RFA AGM will go down in history for a couple of very important reasons. First, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was held online via Zoom with attendance limited to Directors; and, second, the Association elected its first female Deputy President. The lady in question in this […]

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Fives Podcasts are back for Season 2!

Rugby Fives Association 12th September 2020 The lads are back with their second season, but without Theo Parker, who, newly married, has abandoned his co-presenters and left them to make a fresh appointment! With just two candidates mentioned so far Dave, Matt and Sam have gone away to consider their options. Appropriately so, because the […]

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Play resumed at Derby Moor Fives

Derby Moor Academy, Littleover Friday, 21st August 2020 Eight members of the Derby Moor Fives Club resumed play last evening, operating according to government-approved guidelines and with the agreement of Derby Moor Academy. Among those playing was Stuart Kirby, RFA Board Member with responsibility for Health & Safety. Stuart led the team of Fives-players who […]

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RFA guidelines for resumption of play approved

RFA PRESIDENT London, 18th August 2020 (Revised 2nd September) The RFA is pleased to confirm that the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has approved the Association’s guidelines for the resumption of playing fives. The following is an extract from the government’s e-mail:- We do not consider Rugby Fives to be a team sport […]

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We have a new Fives Club! — well, sort of …….

East Dulwich, London SE22 11th August 2020 Amidst all the furore of Covid-19, the distractions of lockdown and quarantine and the all-consuming tensions the pandemic has brought us, one piece of news might have gone unnoticed: the imminent arrival of a new Rugby Fives Club. For, as Hamish Buchanan tells us: The Alleyn Old Boys […]