Welcome to the U19 Boys team! All players eligible for this age group should have been born in 2003 – 2005 for the 2021/22 season.
The U19 Boys team is coached by our Societe Generale Valley RFC Pro’s Mitch Purvis and Sion Bennett. The team management and communications are led by parent team managers George Von Burg and Steve Mederios. Click on the coach and manager bio’s below to find out more about them and how to contact them with any questions about the U19 program.
The U19 Boys team trains for the regular season from September 2021 to April 2022 for the upcoming 2021/22 season. They predominantly train every Tuesday evening and Sunday morning at Happy Valley Recreation Ground #6 unless there is a match / tournament or it is a key holiday period. There is also some ad hoc Thursday training and challenges to take part in.
**This upcoming season’s regular training schedule is being finalised and will be communicated via the team managers shortly. Note – pre season training is due to start 24th August 2021 with more details to follow shortly. Any questions in the meantime please contact the U19 team managers or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org**
For HKRU Premiership and Championship rules and guidelines for the U19/18 Boys League refer to the HKRU Youth U19 League Rules.
The U19 Premiership and Championship fixtures and tables are managed by the HKRU. Always check their website for the latest results and league table positions.
More details on Mitch coming soon!
Sion is originally from Wales. He has played for the Wales Sevens team, Cardiff Blues, Northampton Saints and the Llaneli Scarlets prior to joining Societe Generale Valley RFC as Loose Forward. Sion has his World Rugby Level 1 coaching qualifications and is now working towards Level 2. He also has his Level 3 personal training qualifications.
George describes himself as a 'long retired enthusiastic rugby player'! He has been involved in coaching Valley Fort teams for over 111 years since his eldest son joined in the U6s. George then became head coach for 4 seasons as well as refereeing throughout the minis contact age groups. He is now honored to be the manager of our fantastic U19 squad. ‘The Valley Fort family has been a pleasure to be a part of both with our achievements on the pitch and our ethos of fair and inclusive play’.
Steve has been a resident in HK for 16 years and a member of the Valley Fort Rugby Club for 5 years with two boys, both now playing in the U19 age group. He brings a multisport background at the collegiate level from the United States and a passion for developing a teaming culture of players, coaches, and parents.