The Layabouts

This is our 12th season in the Kent Rural League, claiming the winner’s title for Division 3 in 2013/14, Division 4 West in 2016/17 and runners up in Division 4 West in 2012/13. We have also had a season in the top flight Premier league in 2014/15.

  • Coaches: Duncan Alldis, Marcus van Nieuwenhuizen
  • Captain: Zach Merricks
  • Vice Captains: Chris Taylor, Conor Siddle, Jon Davies, Mikey Kennedy

Our History

Leigh rugby all started during the euphoria of the 2003 Rugby World Cup.  One Leigh resident, Mark Doherty, decided it was time to sort the men from the boys in this sleepy Kent village and stage a game on the green against his former club Old Streetonians RFC. And so on a cold, misty Sunday morning in November 2003, the first ever Leigh rugby training session took place. To date it remains the largest turn out of players for training, so many bodies but so little talent. Six training sessions followed and the ‘Leigh Layabouts’ were just about ready to face an Old Street XV.  The game was watched by over 200 spectators and local press. Hopes of a Leigh win were high when James Tiltman raced down the touch line to take the first score. But the dream faded rapidly as most either picked up an injury or ran out steam (mainly the latter) with Old Street eventually winning 35 – 5.