Thamesians Zambia tour cancelled but hopes run high for 2021

August 2020 should have been a momentous time for Thamesians rugby with a tour by the ladies to Zambia for an international sevens tournament. Unfortunately due to Covid19 the tour had to be cancelled.

Read more HERE

This tour was much more than a typical ‘rugby jolly’ with planned outreach in the schools and hospitals, whilst also providing the ladies from the host club in Zambia and other African teams with a unique opportunity to play a team from outside of sub Saharan Africa.

Thamesians went through a tough selection process beating off the interest from many larger clubs and were proud to be chosen to represent British ladies rugby.

The sponsors have left their funds in place in anticipation that once we all get beyond the worst impacts of Covid19 this tournament will go still ahead (hopefully next summer).

When this happens it will be an even more special celebration given what everyone has been through

Team captain, Emelia Arbuoine also missed out on an appearance in the Olympic qualifiers in Biarritz having been selected by Jamaica and scored in the trial game against the USA.

It is many years since Thamesians have produced a player who has gone on to represent their country - Bob Mordell of England and Graham Birkett of Scotland being the only two many years ago – so this was a proud moment for the club.

Despite these disappointments both the ladies and men’s teams resumed training this Wednesday at 7 pm on the Main campus at St Mary’s University – the clubs new home ground.

The ladies will be hoping to improve on their second place in NC2 when competitive rugby resumes. Any new players would be welcome to come along and join in at this very special club.

It is important to first register an interest as with the Covid19 restrictions you cannot just turn up! Ladies should contact the club via; men should make contact via

Other recent news

Foundation submit bid to Mr Wu and support in Parliament

Foundation submit bid to Mr Wu and support in Parliament

Posted on 6th Feb 2024

I have now attended two positive meetings with Mr Wu’s representatives, together with my fellow trustee, Philip Barnes. The most recent meeting was the week before last. An offer to purchase the fields has been submitted. More information has been requested. The Foundation is providing an executive summary as to why the land should be sold, in order that Mr Wu’s representatives can go back with to Mr Wu with a recommendation. This submission will go in this week.

The second meeting was also attended by our local MP, Munira Wilson, who made several robust statements in support of the bid. Munira left all attendees in no doubt as to her position. Her position has also been set out in Parliament on more than one occasion, most recently as link below.

Discussions on purchase of fields due to commence

Discussions on purchase of fields due to commence

Posted on 27th Sep 2023

The ACV for the sale for Udney Park playing fields was finally triggered on 15th September 2023, when the owners formally confirmed to LBRUT that they intended to sell the fields. A moratorium of six months now commences during which time the fields can only be sold to a Community Interest Company (CIC).

Foundation to submit bid AND receives a mention in parliament.

Foundation to submit bid AND receives a mention in parliament.

Posted on 14th Jul 2023

Confirmation of the sale of Udney Park playing fields was confirmed in the local press igniting hopes that the fields can be returned to community use

The Foundation have contacted the representatives of Mr Wu in order to put in motion an offer for the purchase of the playing fields. The site is designated as an ACV, and is currently under a moratorium which prevents the sale of the land to anyone other than a Community Interest Company (CIC) for a six month period.