Oakham rugby club play in memory of former teammate, Private and loving father

By Evie Payne

2nd Oct 2023 | Rugby

The Mighty Oaks fought hard against Stamford Rugby this weekend. Image credit: @andybalmford Instagram.
The Mighty Oaks fought hard against Stamford Rugby this weekend. Image credit: @andybalmford Instagram.

This weekend, Oakham Rugby Football Club's (ORFC) First team played Stamford Rugby at home, and fought hard in memory of a former player at the local club.

On Saturday 30 September, the team at ORFC marked the seventh anniversary of the passing of a teammate, military man and loving husband and father ahead of their much-anticipated game against Stamford.

Savenaca Koroibulileka passed away on the pitch at Oakham Rugby Club in 2016.

The Fijian player was much loved by those at the club and, at 38 years old, was a loving father. He was also part of the Adjutant General's Corps, which is one of the largest Corps in the British Army and provides support in the form of Military Personnel Administrators, Military Police, Military Provost Staff, Military Provost Guard Service, Educational and Training Services and Army Legal Services.

Oakham Rugby Club attracts many players from local military bases, and is a hub of culture and community, welcoming novice and experienced players from the local area.

This weekend more than most, saw this community come together to remember Savenaca Koroibulileka.

The Fijian community and young players joined in remembering their lost teammate. Image credit: @andybalmford Instagram.

The team starting for the 3pm kick off was:


15 - John Uluiakeba

14 - Ollie Lamb

13 - Dan Watkins

12 - Johno Milnes (VC)

11 - Simon Mataceva

10 - Will Andrews

9 - Matthew Lammin


1 - Josh McGurry-Smith

2 - Herbert Gough

3 - Lewis Crellin

4 - Sam Weatherall

5 - Jake Harroway

6 - Will Bell (C)

7 - Ben Gregory

8 - Conor Stewart

Rotating bench

16 - Charlie Mckie

17 - Matt Mavoa

18 - David Stiles

Stamford performed admirably this weekend against Oakham. Image credit: @andybalmford Instagram.

Oakham fought hard against Stamford, who beat Oakham by only four points away at the end of last season. However, the final scoreline was Oakham 15 v 24 to Stamford - who remain a formidable team.

Nonetheless, the team came together in a real display of unity over the weekend, and stood to represent all that local and grassroots sports stand for - community, team spirit and respect.

If you want to find out more about the club, pop down to ORFC, Rutland Showground, Showground Way, Oakham, LE15 7TW.


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