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Sheffield Vulcans VS Liverpool Tritons

The Sheffield Vulcans hosted their first ever home game this weekend and were thrilled to welcome the Liverpool Tritons to Hallam University Sports Park.

The weather looked a bit grey but both teams took to the field and remained dry for a superb 80 minutes of rugby. Both teams welcomed new players to the pitch for the first time, led by more experienced players from both squads.

It wasn’t long before Liverpool took the lead with a try and conversion. The Vulcans fought back and within a few minutes had 7 points to their name too. Throughout the first half, both teams saw some superb tackles and phases that kept the ball swapping ends frequently. With stronger handling skills on their side, Liverpool took the lead again with several more tries.

After a debrief from both coaches and captains, the teams swapped sides and the second half was just as eventful as the first. With some Tritons scoring in their debut game, and the Vulcans building experience in several players in new positions, everyone one the pitch had fun, worked hard, and took something positive away from the game.

The Vulcans managed another try and conversion, but ultimately the final score gave the Liverpool Tritons a win of 60 – 14.

Going forward into the rest of the season, which has several home games in the fixtures calendar, the Vulcans will be focusing on stamina, handling, and stopping players in their tracks with leg tackles, no matter their size or speed.

The Sheffield Vulcans Man of the Match was awarded to Joel Walker for his consistent tackles and effort as hooker. The Liverpool tritons chose Felix Barr as their Vulcan of the Match for his energy, experience and taking out their Director of Rugby in a brilliant tackle.

Joel Walker (left) and Felix Barr (right centre)

D*ck of the Day went to Sam “Farmer” Felvus (who trained with the Sheffield Vulcans last Summer). Both captains just felt it appropriate, but especially seeing as he passed to referee not once, but twice during the game.

Many Thanks to Hallam University Sports Park for hosting our first home game of the season, and also to Mulberry Tavern and Queer Junction, two of our sponsors, for showing some of the Tritons what a Sheffield night out has to offer.

Take a look at photos and this short video with some of our favourite moments of the game…

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Sheffield Vulcans VS Newcastle Ravens

On a surprisingly hot and sunny day in the North East of England, the Sheffield Vulcans and the Newcastle Ravens took to the pitch for the first game of 2018/2019 season. 

Both teams were armed with more experienced players and a group of new players to their squads and the sport of Rugby. The game saw 6 Sheffield Vulcans make their debut for the club with some only been playing rugby for a matter of weeks. 

The game started with high energy and a real commitment to the game from all 30 people on the pitch. With possession fairly equal and the ball spending much of the first 20 minutes in the middle of the field. The Ravens took the lead with a try but it wasn’t long until the Vulcans came back with a try by Nefyn Edwards. Captain, Michael Hudson made the conversion taking the Vulcans into the lead just before the end of the first of four 20 minute periods.

Throughout the rest of the game, both teams showed their skill in tackling, strong defensive tactics, and enthusiasm to have fun whilst playing Rugby. The Ravens scored several times more to take the game in their favour but were forced to work hard to get through a barricade of Vulcans at several opportunities. From Props to Full Back, all members of the Vulcans had a fantastic game and all left the field with a feeling of pride in the fight they put up against the Newcastle Ravens. 

With a final score of 40-7, the Ravens take the win, but will have to work even harder to win again when they visit Sheffield in February 2019. 

In a game that introduced many Vulcans to lifting line outs and contested scrums, the team are incredibly proud of the strong start to the season and are looking forward to playing other teams throughout the year, and developing their attack and defence even more as the season continues. 

Vulcans Man of the Match was shared by two new additions to the squad. Daniel Winfield, who only started playing Rugby at the end of July, took in his role as Rightwing well and got stuck in with several tackles, rucks and runs with the ball through the game. Nefyn Edwards used his knowledge of the game, and high energy to run to all corners of the pitch and score his first try for the Sheffield Vulcans. ‘D*ck of the Day’ went to Simon Green for an overly enthusiastic tackle that unfortunately left a Raven with a bloody nose. 

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Nefyn Edwards, Simon Green and Daniel Winfield

Many Thanks to the Newcastle Ravens for organising a superb match to kick off the season and for setting up a fantastic night out sampling the Newcastle LGBT+ scene. 

Watch a short video of the match below or take a look at some photos.


Keep an eye on our social media and the news section of the website for news of further fixtures throughout the season. If you are interested in joining the Sheffield Vulcans and giving Rugby a ‘try’ then get in touch on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, or email committee@sheffieldvuclans.com 

Sheffield Vulcans on Sheffield Live!

The Sheffield Vulcans took to the studio today to talk to Jamie Veitch at Sheffield Live Radio Station.

Felix Barr, Ash Martin, Jamie Veitch, Michael Hudson

Pictured: Felix Barr, Ash Martin, Jamie Veitch, Michael Hudson

Chair – Ash Martin, Fundraising Officer – Felix Barr, and PR & Communications Officer – Michael Hudson appeared on the Friday 27th July edition of Business Live, a weekly radio show and podcast aimed at Businesses and Social Enterprises.

Braving the heat of the studio, the three Vulcans spoke about the formation of the club last August, the success of the first season, plans for the upcoming ‘Welcome Week’ and new season, and the success in securing sponsorship from a range of local businesses.

Click below to listen to the podcast. (Vulcans start at 00:07:30)

For more information about Sheffield Live, or Business Live, visit their website here

Sheffield Vulcans – Welcome Week!

Join the Sheffield Vulcans for our ‘Give Rugby a Try’ Welcome Week. Come and get involved with Sheffield’s only Inclusive Rugby team for 2 taster sessions and a social.

Inclusive rugby means that whether you are gay/straight, big/small, young/old, an experienced rugby player or never picked up a ball, we want to see you get involved and join the Sheffield Vulcans.

Give Rugby at TrySaturday 28th July – Sheffield Vulcans will be at Pride all day and we would love to tell you more about Inclusive Gay Rugby, our training sessions, socials and matches across the UK. Find our stall or look out for the Vulcans in their Kit

Tuesday 31st July – In the same place as Pride, Vulcans will be at Endcliffe Park at 7pm for our usual weekly training session. Wear something sporty (boots optional) and join in as we go back to the basics of Rugby and welcome our new members.

Thursday 2nd August – Meeting at 7pm again at Endcliffe Park, join the Vulcans as we lead a fitness session. Don’t worry we won’t make you do what we wouldn’t want to!

Saturday 4th August – Get all dolled up for a night on the town with the team as we visit our sponsors and get to know our new friends on the team 🙂

For more information, find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@sheffvulcans), ask us here, or email committee@sheffieldvulcans.com

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Touch My Brum 2018

Words by Ash Martin – Sheffield Vulcans Chairman

So the Vulcans headed to Birmingham this Saturday to play in their first ever Touch Rugby tournament. To say we were nervous was an understatement. This was our first foray into the wider IGR family!
We had only practised the rules and techniques so were unsure how we would fare. Our first match was at 10:30 so we could watch a few matches and check out the flow of the matches, which tend to be fast and furious!

The morning was split into four matches and depending on your score would depend on what tier you were placed in. We played against the “Trunters” a combination of Liverpool Tritons and Leeds Hunters first. It was a good game! We had the rules down and even managed to score a try! (thanks patrick), however ultimately lost the match. We did have small issues such as not moving back far enough when a touch was placed on the opposing team but we took it on board. Everyone has to start somewhere right?
Our next three games were against the

Manchester Shooters
Reading Renegades and
Birmingham Bulls (the gracious hosts)
We lost all four but we did manage to score a few tries with the match against the Renegades, the closest we came to a victory.
Lunch break!

After lunch we were placed into the Eden Tankard group. This was the knock out stages!
We played the Shuttlerush Jaguars. These guys played very well and it was close but we finally managed to win our first match with a debut try from Liam!

We were through to the next round! Our next match was against our neighbours the Leeds Hunters. they were on a totally different level, it was amazing to play against. They could move and turn so fast and evaded most of our touches. We did however managed to break through their defence and score a try with a rather slick (probably a fluke) over the shoulder pass from Andreas, thankfully caught by Patrick.

We did lose the match and were knocked out but played in the playoffs against the Shuttlerush Panthers to see who came third. At this point we were shattered but we played on utilising all our subs. it was 2-1 to them until we scored a try right near the end. The match was declared a draw. Coming joint third was (we feel) a great accomplishment.

The day was amazing! friendly atmosphere and was great to meet some of our fellow IGR teams. We are totally geared up for the upcoming season and for Touch my Brum next year!
Thanks again to the Birmingham Bulls for being truly amazing hosts.

Tries scored: 10
Scorers: Patrick, Andreas, Julio, Liam

Vulcans get full IGR membership!

Sheffield Vulcans are THRILLED to announce that we have been granted full membership to International Gay Rugby. 

Since launching in August 2017, the Vulcans have had a superb first season as a club and recruited nearly 20 regular players. Working with coach Andrea Dobson and taking advice from other IGR clubs across the UK, the team have enjoyed weekly training sessions, insane socials and nights out, and the chance to bare all in a naked photoshoot to raise money for Balls to Cancer.

The criteria met for full IGR membership are:

    • Be a primarily gay and / or lesbian identifying rugby club;
    • Support the aims and objectives of IGR;
    • Have a formalised governance structure with constitution and elected officers and have statements related to tolerance and inclusion in their club mission statement;
    • Be registered with their National and Local Rugby unions;
    • Have played at least 3 15s rugby matches in their current or most recent rugby season.

Sheffield Vulcans Gardens

We have met all these measures and we cannot wait to continue our experiences with the IGR.

Keep your eye out for more exciting news from the Sheffield Vulcans as we approach our 1st Birthday!

To find out more about the International Gay Rugby organisation, and to learn about the types of membership, visit their website here

Sheffield Vulcans Debut New Kit

The Sheffield Vulcans are proud to officially reveal images of our brand new kit, provided by SRG Elite.

Just at the end of the Vulcan’s maiden season, the kit arrived and will be donned by members of the club showcasing the official colours of black, red, and flame logo. 

To really show off the new strip, the Sheffield Vulcans took to the streets and landmarks of Sheffield in a photoshoot with our latest sponsor Heather Isobel Photography.

Take a look at some of our favourite photos from the shoot and keep an eye out over the summer and next season for the kit to be in use on the field.

Let us know what you think of our kit using #SheffVulcans and keep an eye out for more photos across our facebook, twitter, and instagram.

Kit Provided by: SRG Elite (www.srgelite.com)
Photography by: Heather Isobel Photography (www.heatherisobel.co.uk)

For more information about our sponsors, visit our sponsors page (comings soon).

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SHEFFIELD VULCANS VS SWANSEA VIKINGS

Date: Saturday 28th April 2018
Location: Swansea Uplands RUFC

Some of the Sheffield Vulcans had an early start to make the journey down to Swansea on Saturday. The team were excited to journey to Wales to play against the Swansea Vikings in what is only the Vulcans third game since forming in August 2017.

In surprisingly bright weather, the game kicked off with 2 teams of 15 including a few Vikings donning a red Vulcan shirt. The Vikings took an early lead but the Vulcans scored a try of their own shortly afterwards and starting applying the pressure.

Praised by Vikings for the quality of tackles, the Vulcans made some superb contact and were able to stop several phases in their tracks with strong wrap ups and made a valiant effort to maul several times, something which the new team have yet to full put into practise in training.

With Vikings on both sides of the pitch, the game was full of friendliness, banter and sportsmanship as players mixed across teams and moved into different positions. The Vulcans kept the Vikings on their toes with speed from Julio and Simon, and powerhouse tackles from Scott, Patrick and Front Row- Sam Hague-Nickels on his first appearance for the Vulcans.

The final score gave the Swansea Vikings a win of 47-17 but the Sheffield Vulcans came away with more game experience, confidence in ability, and a promise of a rematch next season up in Sheffield. Scott achieved the impossible and managed to have a sunburnt face from a high of 12oc.

Man of the Match was awarded to Patrick Hignell, for his presence all over the pitch, as if teleporting from one tackle to another, and Michael Hudson for his multi-tasking as 8, 9, 10, kicker and throwing in for line outs throughout the game.

Michael and PatrickAfter a refreshing shower and the strapping up of a broken finger or two, both teams gathered in the clubhouse for some food and well deserved drinks. Both teams spoke about the IGR and the Vikings gave some great advice gleamed from their early days and set up in 2015.

Many thanks to Swansea Vikings for being spectacular hosts and creating a stellar atmosphere both on and off the pitch.

Photography by Ian Glover.

Sheffield Vulcans bare all to raise money for cancer charities.

Players of Sheffield Vulcans RUFC stripped off on Saturday 14th April to take part in a naked photo shoot to raise awareness about testicular cancer and inclusive rugby.

Sheffield Vulcans are one of six rugby teams across the UK that will be included in The Naked Rugby Players Calendar 2019. Later in the year, the calendar will be available to purchase and the money will go to supporting the inclusive rugby clubs involved and ‘Balls to Cancer’, a charity aiming to increase awareness and provide information for men to check themselves for symptoms of testicluar cancer.

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During a shoot lasting around four hours, nine players of Sheffield Vulcans were brave enough to bare all for a series of photos inspired by renaissance art. Scenes such as ‘the creation of Adam’ take on a new tone as the players appear in the nude and incorporate rugby balls and equipment.

Craig, a Vulcans Prop, said It was quite nerve-wracking at the start but later on felt kind of liberating and definitely a good team bonding experience! There’s kind of not much to feel awkward about with a group of people when you’ve just been stood naked with them”

Sheffield Vulcans RUFC give thanks to Sheffield Hallamshire RUFC for offering the use of their clubhouse for the photoshoot and we look forward to visiting your ground in Crookes again soon!

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Photographer Monty McKinnen said, “I have so much admiration for these guys who bared all for charity. 200,000 men are diagnosed with cancer every year. 80,000 of those will die from their cancer. 

“It’s time we got to grips and get a hand on the situation. I hope this calendar empowers guys to check their packages more often and to feel comfortable talking about male cancers.”

The Naked Rugby Players Calendar is published by Diverse Publishing Ltd. For more information visit www.thenakedrugbyplayers.com

Balls To Cancer is a registered charity in the UK. Set up in 2011, Balls To Cancer supports sufferers and families dealing with cancer as well promoting awareness of cancer. More information can be found on their website at – www.ballstocancer.co.uk