Author Archives: Mike Crisp


As well as hosting exclusive events with some of the world’s leading authors, politicians, journalists, actors, and critics; The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival (5-14 October) also has talks from top sport stars, including World Cup winner Will Greenwood and Welsh rugby captain Sam Warburton. For the full Festival programme visit, or call 08448808094 to book tickets.




Former England and Lions centre Will Greenwood, one of his country’s highest ever try scorers, is now bringing his player’s insights to his work as a rugby pundit. To mark the publication of his book Will Greenwood on Rugby, he joins us in conversation for an entertaining look back at his 20 years in the game.



As chronicled in his My Grand Slam Year, Welsh rugby captain Sam Warburton has had an incredible 12 months, from the lows of the World Cup in New Zealand, to leading Wales to magnificent victory in the 2012 Six Nations. He joins rugby World Cup-winning legend Will Greenwood as they look back over past career highlights and forward to the 2013 British & Irish Lions tour of Australia. Chaired by The Sunday Times rugby correspondent Stephen Jones.

Great Start to the Season

Boy`s, a great first weekend to a long season well done to all. Not trying to put a dampener on things but just a few things that need to improve, there are still a lot of players to pay there membership £40 please can we get this payed ASAP, i`m not sure about the 2/3`s yesterday but boy`s not playing in club shorts is not on if you have not got any you can buy them from the online shop at raging bull ( i will try and get some more at the club as we only have a size 40″ and 34″left) i`m sure one of the tech savy lads will put a link up on the page, lets look the part as well as being the part. And one last thing Rupert has mentioned to Archie, Jimmy and myself about are attitude at training he loves the fact we are getting great numbers and the commitment is fantastic but we need to take a bit more personnel pride in our performance when we are there, we keep the sessions as short as possible so we can keep up the concentration up, don`t except sloppy standards at training and it will pay off on a Saturday . Ok rant over keep up the good work, great weekend i`m still smiling this morning . up the Sarries”


Cheltenham Saracens RFC start new U17s side

After winning a range ofsilverware and on the backof its most successfulseason to date, Cheltenham Saracens RFC is excited about the future. The first team are sure to go into the new season full of confidence, under the guidance of newly appointed head coach, Gloucester and England prop Rupert Harden. The club has created a community which everyone is proud to be a part of and its progress is testament to the commitment and hard work of its members.

Understandably, they are keen to build on this success and September 2012, will see the start of a new generation of players, with a new U17’s side. The chairman, Maurice Chapman said “I’m excited about the future, youth players are at the heart of every club and we will give them our full support on their journey into adult rugby.”

If you or somebody you know was born between 1 September 1995 – 31 August 1996, why not come and join this fantastic rugby club. Anyone who would like further information about the new U17’s team should contact Martin Prosser on 07912305471 or

New Coaching Set-up at Sarries

NEW head coach Rupert Harden will push Cheltenham Saracens towards a promotion tilt in Gloucester One this term, believes Ross Nelmes.

Gloucester tighthead prop Harden heads up a new-look Cheltenham Saracens coaching line-up, with Nelmes as assistant coach and former Kingsholm man Josh Frape as backs coach.

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Cheltenham Saracens 14 v 11 Spartans

The Sarries traveled to the notoriously difficult place to win and came away with a hard fought victory. The Sarries started at a ferocious pace one that the Red Ants could not cope with and after only 5 minutes number 8 Stu Cooper was rewarded with a push over try. The Sarries played the next 10 minutes at the same pace with forwards and backs combining well producing phase after phase and if it wasn`t for the junior size pitch and to be fair to Spartans there total commitment at the tackle they could of quite easily scored a couple more try`s as it was there were kept to just the one try and Spartans were rewarded late in the half with a pentalty giving the Sarries a slender half time lead of 5 – 3. Continue reading