The Clubhouse - Front Row Club


Welcome to your Front Row Clubhouse. The very first online rugby club where you will be able to stay up to date with all the latest rugby news and banter from FRC and the grass roots game.

OK granted it’s not like the real thing as who could replace the feeling of walking into your noisy clubhouse with all its laughter and friendships after you have played or watched a game!

Not much, but we will try and give you somewhere to visit to have some banter through our social channels and stay in touch with all our news. From interviews with our Rugby Champions from the professional game, to celebrating our heroes at grassroots level.

All at the same time working to tackle child poverty through our projects around the world that the Atlas Foundation runs.

Please tell you family and friends and invite them to join for as little as £10 a year.

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This week FRC’s Lily O’Hara caught up with Grassroots player and NHS key worker Rachel Nowikow about the challenges she has faced over the past year.
We are thrilled to have been selected as one of The British & Irish Lions Trust charity partners for the 2021 tour to South Africa…
Rocky Clark is England’s most capped player – men and women – with 137, after overtaking our lovely landlord Jason Leonard who is the most capped men’s player with 114. We spoke to the Saracens prop forward about her ambitions to be a wrestler as a child, pranks on tour with England, players to look out for at the World Cup in New Zealand and her embarrassing celebrity crush… 
My first time playing rugby was in my final year of university. My flat mate who was captain of the rugby team needed players, so she asked me to help out.
I grew up in Wales and played a little rugby in 2013 when I was in sixth form. It was no-contact, just touch and tag rugby at school.
For many people, the journey from playing rugby for the first time to playing for their country is a long road. For some there’s 15 or 20 years between the two, for others it may be as little as 10. For Claudia MacDonald, it was a single World Cup cycle.
When England Women beat Canada 21-9 in the 2014 Rugby World Cup final, the country celebrated – but one person admits it wasn’t a moment of total joy.
Former Wales captain Scott Quinnell discusses the impact of Alun Wyn Jones as the second rower draws closer to breaking Richie McCaw’s record for the most Test caps in history.


Front Row Club is all about celebrating every aspect of grassroots rugby. Do you know of a team that you think has gone above and beyond recently? If you do, nominate them below and we will give them a special shoutout.

Let us know which grassroots club we should be celebrating this week by submitting your club name, a picture and telling us all about their awesome work.

Kelvedon and Feering RFC

Kelvedon and Feering Rugby Club

Possibly the UK is newest community rugby club. Designed around the motto of “ for the players by the players“ The club place good competitive rugby or supporting all local community projects

Effingham and Leatherhead Under 15s

massive thanks to Effingham and Leatherhead Under 15s and in particular Coaches Gus and Rich for keeping our boys sane over lockdown with excellently planned rugby sessions…and a few horrendous HIT sessions over zoom!
Typhoons RUFC

Typhoons RUFC

Lockdown was difficult for everyone. The Typhoons saw a way they could help and put together ‘Tackle It’. After bidding for (and winning!) funding they were able to offer every member of the club £75 towards services to improve both their mental and physical health. From extra coaching sessions to massages, cryotherapy to counselling. I don’t think it would be wrong to say they changed and saved peoples lives.


Is there someone in your club who continually goes above and beyond and doesn’t get enough recognition for it? Perhaps it’s the water-boy, kit washer, or even the bus driver. Every person is important to the grassroots game. Let’s give them a special shout-out.

Let us know which unsung hero we should be celebrating this week by submitting their name, a picture and telling us all about their awesome work.

Richmond Heavies

Richmond Heavies Foundation Cyclists

They completed the 980mile cycle between Lands End & John O Groats on Sunday and we currently have raised funds for 34 defibs and are hopeful to maybe get to 40 defibs. What with the tragedies in Wales last month and recently in Henley the more defibs in rugby clubs the better chances people have should the worst happen. Huge congratulations from everyone at Front Row Club.

The Race to the Stones Team

This team have been nothing short of incredible. Both in the UK and across Asia, people have been taking part in the ‘Race to the Stones’ challenge. This involved running or hiking 100km over two days in all weather conditions – from scorching heat to pouring rain! The event was in aid of the Nicholson Memorial Fund, in memory of Anita, Alex and Annabel Nicholson who tragically lost their lives in the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka in 2019. The fund partners with the Atlas Foundation to provide children with a chance to thrive through education and rugby initiatives across Asia. The team, to date, have raised over £31,000 for this fantastic cause. Congratulations to all who were involved!

Giles Hilton MBE

Over the weekend our Trustee & Canterbury RFC Chairman Giles Hilton MBE, was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his services to Rugby Union in Kent. We are beyond proud of Giles for this fantastic achievement and are grateful to have such a dedicated individual working at the heart of our organisation and the Rugby community.


Knock on of the Month is all about celebrating this month’s biggest bloopers. What’s happened on the field week that’s made you laugh?

Let us know about your favourite knock on moment by submitting it here.

Ruby Tui was interviewed by the BBC’s Jill Douglas after the Black Ferns won over the Russian Olympic Committee in the women’s sevens. Her lightheartedness, respect for the opponents and general passion for the sport meant the interview went viral and has been hailed the ‘best sports interview’. The Black Ferns went on to win the Olympic Gold after defeating France 26-12 in the final. Congratulations to Ruby and the whole team! To watch the interview, please click here:
Joe Marler Knock On


Joe Marler embraced the lockdown spirit by keeping his daughter happy and dressing up to make her day special. Read more


Reason: Allowing Biarritz snatch dramatic victory with chaotic last gasp try after they fail to kick ball out twice. Read more


Keep up to date with the latest project updates from the Front Row Club.

Find out how your donations have been supporting the Future Hope project in India…
The DigiBus is a mobile and digital classroom, that seeks to improve education opportunities for children in the developing world.
It was a great honour to have the Springbok Women’s Captain, Babalwa Latsha, join in our training session at Masiphumelele last weekend.
It’s great to see Team Talk Kenya coming back into schools, after the recent struggles surrounding Covid-19.

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