The Chairman’s Update during lockdown


A few weeks ago it was announced that almost all grassroots sports in the UK had been suspended until designated dates or indefinitely in some cases, due to the Corona (Covid 19) virus outbreak.

From a rugby perspective that had included all senior games, training and the same for our mini and junior sections until April 14th at the earliest. We now know that the decision of the RFU has been to suspend all rugby for the 2019/20 season and no further games will be played now until September 2020 season begins. More info from the RFU can be found at

Paramount to our committee is the safety and wellbeing of all our players, members, visitors and guests of all ages that come to Varley Park to take part in a multitude of sports.

We understand a similar suspension will be imposed on grassroots football which will affect the many youngsters who enjoy the facilities of the 3G pitch in the evenings and weekends. I would ask the principals and managers of any teams or clubs with contracts to use the pitches to contact us as soon as possible. Email or call 0161 432 2150. 

On a lighter and celebatory note that means that our first team, after a review by the RFU have ended the season as Champions of North 1 West and will now be promoted to the Northern Premier League with a chance to face some old rivals such as Lymm and Rossendale and meet some new ones such as Alnwick in Northumberland in what will be a welcome return to rugby we hope in September. Our congratulations to Northwich who ascend back to the heady heights of level 5 rugby who havd aslo beed adjudicated a promotion place. Congratulations to the large squad who have contributed to an exciting if not shortened season, the coaches, backroom staff, club house staff and of course our hardworking volunteers on the committee.

We will do everything we can to keep this page updated as the situation develops and update links to external news sites when we can, but we encourage all sports and social organisations that use our facilities to take their lead from relevant sporting authorities and government guidelines.

At the time of writing the club house and bar facilities have been fully shut down since mid March, sadly that has meant furloghing staff and a loss of casual work for our army of loyal bar and catering teams who help us through the busy times. Fear not, they will return and we hope to get everyone back working and earning as soon as the government restrictions are lifted and we can get back to been the hub of the community for rugby and beyond.

We are a small community sports club and like many others like us, the financial impact of these changes will be felt for many months and possibly years to come, so we thank all of you for continued support at this time.

Steve Willock: Chairman and Past President

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It is a great honour to be selected to captain the Burnage RFC First XV from the 2019 season. I have the greatest respect for Ralph Lawson who has led the team so successfully over many recent years, including the six-season stint at Level 5 National 3, for which I was proud to have been a member of that squad.

James Hodder

Now it’s my time to make my mark as Captain and lead a serious challenge to promotion places in what we already know is a very competitive league. We have enjoyed a great pre-season in the summer, and I know all team squads are ready for the new season challenge.    

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James Hodder
1st Team Captian


Burnage 2nd xv
fixtures & results

Burnage are lucky enough to have 3 senior teams, with the second team providing a great mix of the competitive and social elements of the game.

Burnage second team offer a great platform to develop players who want to push for the first team, with many regular 2nd teamers running out for the first team last season, While also developing players from our 3rd team into regulars in the 2s.

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Allan Rilley
2nd Team Captian


Burnage 3rd xv
fixtures & results

Welcome to Burnage 3’s, we are the social team of the club but still play at a good competitive level, currently mid table in division 4 east. We are a vast mix of all ages & experience from club veterans who have filtered down the ranks, academy coaches(like myself) who hadn’tplayed in over a decade but,reignited our passion for the game through our children…

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Mark Kirton
3rd Team Captian


Burnage Academy
u5 – u13

At Burnage Rugby Academy we welcome all boys and girls aged between 3 and 13 to join us every Sunday for training and regular fixtures (from u7 up) on our 3g pitch and extensive grass pitches. We are always on the look out for new players so even if your child has no experience at all, as long asthey are enthusiastic, up for some fun and willing to play as part of a team, we’d love to see you down at the club. We promote a real family feel at…

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Mike Thomas
Academy Chairman

As we approach the 2019/20 season, my third as Head Coach, I would like to welcome back to all our existing squad members and also extend a warm welcome to all our new players. The outstanding facilities, excellent medical, management and coaching teams, a supportive DOR, Chairman and Committee and a club proud of its amateur status, but operating as well as any professional club in my experience make Burnage Rugby Club a great place to play your rugby. 

For those players looking to challenge and develop themselves, our 1st XV provides an environment in which you will be tested on a weekly basis playing at level 6. Our 2nd XV provides a great environment for players who want to learn and develop, often under the guidance of members of the 1st XV squad. For those looking for a more social approach to their rugby, our 3rd XV accommodates this with regular league fixtures.
As a former Championship Player and Level 4 RFU Coach, the environment we have created at the Club recognises the traditional values which makes our game great but also challenges the playing squad to recognise the importance of a “professional approach” towards training and playing.  We work hard, never carry players on reputation or history, we leave no hiding places and ensure that if you are good enough to pull on the first team jersey, you will get you chance to shine. Here, I have found my spiritual home. A sound commercial platform that sees the business of the club and its wider facilities run professionally and profitably with its sole focus on constant improvement and investment in rugby. As a coach, that means I can focus entirely on rugby and the development and improvement of my squad players right through the club.
I would like to extend an invitation to any players new to the area or looking for a new challenge locally or from further a field, to join me, my captains and all the support of Burnage RFC. We welcome new players to training on Tuesday and Thursday nights form 7.15pm. Email at to register your interest.

Dave Muckalt Head Coach

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    1st Team Manager
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