CHOBHAM are hoping to banish the ghosts of last season’s relegation – and have issued a statement of intent to their London Two South West rivals.

The villagers suffered a dismal 2018-19 league campaign, finishing second bottom of London One South with only four wins from 26 outings.

New Chobham head coach Billy Davison.

But there have been changes galore at Fowlers Wells this summer, not least the appointment of a big-name head coach.

Fifty-year-old Billy Davison, an ex-England A forward, has joined Chobham as 1st XV boss.

Davison played at lock for Harlequins and Saracens in the Premiership. He also turned out for Esher, Rosslyn Park and Sheffield, and appeared overseas for Natal (South Africa) and Hawkes Bay (New Zealand).

Zambia-born Davison was  awarded a testimonial season by Quins for 2003-04. He coaches in Harlequins’ Development Player Programme, and is director of sport at Shrewsbury House School in Surbiton.

Chobham began pre-season training last week. Sessions take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Fowlers Wells, and are open to everyone.

Chobham’s redesigned kit.

Davison said: “The support I have received from the Chobham faithful has been amazing.

“I am looking forward to supporting all the players as we look forward to a great season.”

Chobham will also wear a new kit during 2019-20.

Mike Vandenberg, the club’s commercial manager, said: “The new strip nods back to the old days. It is a contemporary version of our first, more than 50 years ago.

“With so many changes at the club, it was a good time to change the strip. We had played in the previous design for 10 years.”

To express your interest in becoming a shirt sponsor, call Vandenberg on 07774 120665  or send an email to

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RUGBY fans are being offered discounted pints of real ale at a Knaphill pub during each Six Nations match.

Garibaldi landlord Martin Durrad is running the promotion for the fourth year in a row with pints costing £3.30 until the first try is scored.

Garibaldi landlord Martin Durrad

Beers at the pub in the High Street usually cost from £3.85 to £4.05.

The annual northern hemisphere rugby tournament kicks off this evening in Paris, when France take on Wales.

Martin is making sure that drinkers get at least one discount pint during the rugby. “The promotion begins 15 minutes before kick-off and runs until the first try is scored,” he said.

In the tournament last year, the latest first try was scored after 72 minutes by France against Ireland: “I remember that well,” said Martin glumly. “You have to take the rough with the smooth. Games are sometimes played in a quagmire.”

England begin their Six Nations in Dublin on Saturday, when they face the favourites, Ireland.

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