On Friday 25th of October, the Sheffield Vulcans gathered together at the train station to travel to Edinburgh for the annual Rugby clinic hosted by the Caledonian Thebans RUFC. Players from 19 IGR teams across Europe participated in this year’s clinic making it the biggest yet!
Date: 28th September 2019
Location: Sheffield Hallam University Sports Park, Sheffield
Despite an overcast sky, the ground and weather provided perfect match conditions for the Sheffield Vulcans first home game of the 2019/2020 season. With a full squad and many Vulcans taking to the pitch for the first game with the team, Sheffield’s inclusive rugby club awaited the visitors from London – The Kings Cross Steelers.
Following some feedback from the predictions of resident Welsh man Dan Giles, some other Vulcans wanted to weigh in on what is going to happen over the next few weeks in the Rugby World Cup 2019. Mark Morgan tells us his opinions and a less celtic opinion piece.
The 2019 edition of the Rugby World Cup certainly has all the key ingredients to make this instalment not only one of the most unpredictable but also one of the best tournaments in the sports history. From being hosted by an emerging nation on the sports world stage, not to mention one of the most welcoming and enthusiastic around, to the fact that form and slight falls from grace have teased us that maybe, just maybe, we can look past the mighty All Blacks! Here are a few things I think may happen during the coming weeks.
As we get closer and closer to the Rugby World Cup, the Sheffield Vulcans turned to one of our own to share their views on what could happen in the upcoming tournament. Winner of Vulcan of the Year 2018/2019, Daniel Giles, give us his predictions on each team and how they’ll perform in Japan. DISCLAIMER – He is Welsh 😉
Saturday 31st August saw the Vulcans made the trip across Yorkshire to compete in the first ever Humber 10s Tournament, hosted by Hull Roundheads at the impressive Hull Ionians RUFC ground. Celebrating the Roundhead’s 1st Birthday, a team of Vulcans were happy to get involved. Alastair Geddes writes about the event and what the Sheffield Vulcans took from the day. Continue reading
Captain, Innes MacLeod gives an insight into what he wants the club to achieve in our upcoming season.
As the Vulcans second birthday approaches so does the anniversary of my first trip to Endcliffe Park for a training session with the club. If you went back in time and told me that in a year I would be heading into the next season as captain I would have been, to say the least, surprised. It’s been an amazing year with training sessions that built confidence, socials that brought new friends and games that reminded everyone involved why we love this game. So the feeling I have looking forward is not surprise but excitement for what promises to be this young clubs best season yet.
Whilst many of our IGR brothers were in Dublin taking part in the Union Cup, the Sheffield Vulcans had a jam-packed weekend in Sheffield including our first touch tournament of the summer. We were gutted to miss out on the fun and frolics of the the European IGR get together but we shall make up for it at Bingham 2020 and beyond.
Saturday started bright and early at the Abbeydale Sports Club to register our 3 teams for the Fancy Touch tournament. Despite the weather taking a quick decline, the Vulcans were ready to take on the 2 pools of the touch rugby tournament in our best Star Wars and Star Trek fancy dress.
Taking advantage of our ‘Vulcan’ name, we feel that our sci-fi theme bested the other teams, some of which opted for themes such as “red t-shirts” or aprons. Many of the Vulcans however appreciated the team dressed as sleeveless cops…and we have no idea why.
The Vulcans split into 3 teams and competed throughout the day, including our final match which saw the Vulcans take on the Vulcans, which ironically was the most competitive of the day.
Congratulations go to Joel for his first try in a competitive game with the Vulcans, Jude for their try on their first official appearance with the team, and Phil for his effort and enthusiasm after only a few weeks of being part of the team.
Enjoying a few beers and burgers throughout the day, the Vulcans were happy to take part in the tournament that raises money to support young people between 14-35 to be checked for potential heart defects, followed by necessary treatment and recovery. This year Fancy Touch raised over £3700 and we’re already looking forward to next year, and costume ideas are already being discussed.
To read more about the tournament and the charity it supports, and to see more photos of the Vulcans and other teams, click here.
Sheffield Vulcans took part in our first ever Hadrian’s Cup, a 10s tournament organised by our IGR brothers the Newcastle Ravens.
The Vulcans travelled to the North East and enjoyed several games which included a win against Bristol Bisons before being knocked out of the running for the Hadrian’s Plate by the Birmingham Bulls.
Take a look at some of the thoughts and feedback from our players:
To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we wanted to share the stories of 5 Sheffield Vulcans and why they LOVE being part of our club; How they came to join Sheffield’s inclusive Rugby team and why they enjoy coming to training, playing in matches and joining in on socials.
What do you love about Rugby or your team? Let us know in the comments, or on instagram or twitter using #VulcanValentines