1st XV

About the 1st XV

Tunbridge Wells RFC 1st XV play Level 5 rugby in the London and South East Premier League, formerly known as National 3, where we have had two successful seasons, finishing in the top half of the league on both occasions. The squad has enjoyed considerable success over the past 5 years: winning promotions in the 2012-13, 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons, and winning the RFU Intermediate Cup at Twickenham, beating St Benedicts RFC 56-14 in front of thousands of Tunbridge Wells supporters in 2016-17. Over half of our squad are home-grown players, most having come through our hugely successful Mini, Junior and Academy sections, with the rest of the senior squad made up of talented and ambitious British and overseas players who have joined us more recently.

Coaching Team:

The group is lead by Head Coach Simon Whatling, now in his third season with TWRFC. He enjoyed a long and successful career playing professional rugby at Fly Half for the Worcester Warriors, Cornish Pirates and London Welsh before moving on to Blackheath. His coaching experience includes assistant coach at Blackheath and Head Coach of the Blackheath Academy.

Simon is supported by Forwards Coach and former prem player Aston Croall who joined TWRFC last season. He has enjoyed an outstanding professional career, initially with Harlequins and Sale Sharks before moving to Blackheath where he played alongside Head Coach Simon Whatling. Along the way he played for England at U16, U17, U18 and U21 age groups, England Counties, The Barbarians and in the Heineken Cup.

Hammy Ahmed looks after the groups’ strength & conditioning programme, with Russ Shingles and his team providing physiotherapy support.


For 2019-20 pre-season training takes place at St Marks every SATURDAY morning at 9.30 am from 6th July, and every TUESDAY and THURSDAY evening at 7.30 pm from the 9th and 11th July respectively. New players will be warmly welcomed, so if you are interested in joining please come along and introduce yourself to one of the coaches or management team. If you have any questions about training or playing for the club please do not hesitate to call or email our DoR Jim Scully.


Jim Scully

E: james@quadmod.com

M: 07973 412153