Old Albanian RFC Player Recruitment for Season 2017 / 2018 – new players welcome!

As this season draws to a close Old Albanian invite players of all levels to consider joining pre-season training this summer with a view to adding to the club’s strength next season. With a new and ambitious Head Coach in Gavin Hogg ably supported by Bruce Millar and a strong coaching team we welcome interest … Continue reading

Not Quite Enough…

Hull Ionians 46pts  Old Albanian 33pts.   Staring the drop in the face is not pleasant but it is a marvellous motivator and Ionians proved this at Brantingham Park last Saturday. Truth to tell there was little else between the sides other than motivation if you discount the immense contribution from Callum Irvine. Three tries … Continue reading

OA’s Announce new Head Coach – Gavin Hogg

Photo courtesy of East Anglian Daily Times Old Albanian RFC is pleased to announce the appointment of Gavin Hogg to the position of Head Coach. Gavin is an ambitious, results-driven and forward-thinking coach with a 13-year track record of coaching at all levels of the game in both England and New Zealand. More recently, Gavin … Continue reading

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Old Albanian Rugby seek Head Coach/DoR

Old Albanians seek Head Coach/Director of Rugby OA Rugby are seeking a Head Coach/Director of Rugby for the coming season. This is a part-time role and will suit an already established coach or player-coach with good coaching experience. The objectives of the role in the first season will be to maintain our continued position in … Continue reading

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Shanners to leave OA’s at end of season

OA’s Head Coach James Shanahan has announced that he will be departing at the end of the season, having been offered a contract with Blackheath. The club fully respects Shanners’ decision. He is a talented, ambitious and highly respected coach, and having steered OA‘s back to being a competitive force again in National One, his … Continue reading

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As Topple Students In Thriller!

Loughborough Students 39pts  Old Albanian 46pts   It’s not the first time this season Albanians have been involved in a points fest of fifty points or more. In fact in some half dozen matches the total has passed fifty and the trend continued on Saturday with OAs outlasting the Students in a match containing no … Continue reading

Close, but not enough…

Old Albanian 29pts  Darlington Mowden Park 35pts   Danny Brown, Darlington’s coach believed both defences were at fault to a greater or a lesser degree in what turned out to be a fairly stolid match.   “Neither side displayed the urgency we would expect in that area,” he said. “By contrast both attacks had a … Continue reading

Almost but not quite…

Albanians will perhaps have bitter-sweet memories of this encounter but will certainly be happy to take the losing bonus point which keeps them in ninth position in National One. Mistakes were few this time out and thus second placed Plymouth were pushed to the limit and came close to defeat in a bruising affair.   … Continue reading

Not Exactly a Walk in the Park…

Rosslyn Park 35pts  Old Albanian 17pts   It looked for a while like Rosslyn Park were going to avenge their defeat at Woollams in September in some style, writes Brian Quinn. But a veritable avalanche of mistakes from both sides and a doughty example of defence for almost the entire match by the visitors ensured … Continue reading

Cambridge Overcome.

Ben Palmers boot proved the difference between these two sides on this murky day. The fly half enjoyed a 100% return with two conversions and four penalties and Cambridge will have been disappointed to go away with just two league points having scored four tries in the gathering gloom. However after a shaky start Albanians … Continue reading