Written by Tom Stubley

For the first time in the history of Lanna Rugby Club, the floor is open to all members of the club to design and vote on the upcoming 2021-2022 team kit!

–  One design per player so make it count!
–  Colour pallet for the kit: BLUE/WHITE/BLACK
– Each player/LRC member can design one team kit each.
– You can use design them any which way you like; on print out, Windows paint, Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.

There are two versions, one with the logo in the middle of the shirt and one with the logo to the top left.

Submit all designs by Saturday 10/04/21. Please send the design either as a photo of the print out/screenshot/ PDF/JPEG to lannarugbyclub@gmail.com

After the 10th, LRC will create a post on the FB page for voting to take place. The winning designer will get a full first team strip and bragging rights. Have at it Lions. 

Choose your team kit layout:

Remember, these designs will all be voted on by the LRC members, be as creative as you like. The only limitations are your imaginations!



Written by Pat Cotter
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Club sponsor Sheryle’s Restaurant & Bar was the venue for Lanna Rugby Club’s 2020/21 AGM and annual awards ceremony which was also a grand way to christen the newly furbished upstairs sports bar and it didn’t disappoint. Mike, Olly and his team put on a fine buffet and were on hand to ensure that, as the juices flowed, so did the ale, in copious amounts.

As participants arrived, the atmosphere began to build and with the feeding frenzy out of the way and the beer flowing, it was quite jovial, with an air of anticipation, by the time Club Chairman Tom Stubley and Club Captain Dave McRitchie took to the floor to get proceedings underway by presenting all the players and support staff with a medal in appreciation of all the time and effort that had been put in during the season. Now its not often an opposition player attends another clubs’ AGM but, to his credit, Payap Rugby’s forward Rowan Carroll not only attended, but was presented with a commemorative medal for his audacity to the cheers of the room!


The first of the main awards was going to the Clubman of the Year and it went to a person who epitomizes what it means to be part of a rugby club by not only getting himself into match fitness at his advanced age but also leading from the front on the social side, driving on the team to support and enjoy the facilities at Sheryle’s. Always the first to arrive and the last to leave, Mark “Bomber” Harris is fully deserving of the award and though he managed to lose the trophy it was returned to him intact the following day.


Seng ”Brave” Harn was next up to receive the Most Improved Player award. Being in the front row of any team can daunting and sometimes be a thankless job but Brave has excelled this season not just in the set pieces but also in the loose where he has developed a new found freedom to express his game and has been an integral part of the Lions success in reaching this years final.


For the second year running Top Try Scorer of the Season was Tawan “Dtun” Kiatngamphom who continues to improve with every game. Along with his blistering pace he has developed a certain awareness to his game that immediately puts defenses on the back foot. Creating space is tight situations Dtun can score from anywhere on the field.


The Top Tackler award went to a man who not only continues to defy his age but continues to show the younger generation that old age and treachery will always beat youth and exuberance or in his case smash the bejasus out of you! Paul Bolwell always in the right place at the right time and a true inspiration both on and off the field.


Ted Guggenheim recently arrived in Chiang Mai from China and was recruited into the Lanna family. He made an immediate impression in his first game and has become an important cog in a backline that on its day can be a match for any team. Ted deservedly received the Back of the Year award and has set the benchmark for years to come.


The Best Forward award could really only go to one person but being the modest guy he is he would be the first one to deny it. Dave McRitchie is another age old warrior who continues to give back to the sport. As captain of the team he leads from the front and is always eager to carry the ball up and inspires the team with his never say die attitude. His collaboration with Chairman Tom continues to epitomize all that has been achieved not just with the Lanna Rugby Club but with youth development and developing rugby in North Thailand.

There was a special Cook of the Year award for Khun May who always provides food and refreshments for the children who attend the youth sessions. Working tirelessly, with a smile and Thai classics blaring out of the stereo she has become a major part of the kids day out and something they all look forwards to. Well done Khun May thank you for all you do.


The Players Player of the Year is always a special award and signifies the respect of his fellow players and once again the smiling assassin Tawan Kiatngamphom (Dtun) walked away with the trophy. His smiling dedication can inspire the team in the bleakest of circumstances and in the worst of weather and the award is well deserved.



The main award of the evening that of Player of the Year went to a player who has made so much of the Lanna success story possible. Coming from a rugby league background he always breaks tackles, creates space and scores his fare share of tries. Off the pitch he can be found sharing stories, espousing wisdom and drinking his fare share of libations. Louis Stanton the 2021 Player of the Year.



The Captains awards presented by Dave McRitchie was an altogether less formal affaire with the Princess Award going to Tom Stubley, the Strong Arm Award to Louis Stanton, The Nostalgia Award to Mark “Bomber” Harris, the Best Dressed Award to Seng ” Brave” Harn, the Best Hair Award to Carlos Victor Da Silva , the Most Inquisitive Award to Dave Hendershot, the Biggest Gobshite Award went to Brian Grieve and last but not least Eagle Eye Award to Pat “Eagle Eye” Cotter. A funny way to end the awards and both Mike and Olly spoke about supporting the Lions and the enjoyment they get from the association.


The evening came to a close with Brian Grieve leading the team in song and arranging Guinness (courtesy of the bar, thank you ) boat races for which everyone was grateful the following day! A great nights entertainment. Bring on next season !




Written by Pat Cotter
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The weekly gathering of excited kids for Lanna Rugby Clubs’ Youth Development program were given a treat with the return of Club captain & coach Dave McRitchie into the fray, to join with Tom Stubley, in putting the kids through their paces. After his recent beach holiday Dave was fully refreshed and ready to get stuck in.

After a general warm up and what is fast becoming the obligatory jockey race, the group was separated into boys and girls teams, for the drills and skills session. This brought an added sense of competition between the two groups, which made it all the more fun. When asked both groups said that tackling practice was high on their agenda so, tackling practice it was. To make it more interesting everything became a race with honour’s even once all was done.


The boys excelled in the contact drills but the girls had the edge when it came down to passing drills and general ball skills.

All in all it was a fun session and something the kids really look forward to attending at the end of a tough school week.

The sessions will continue weekly with the aim to get the girls’ and boys teams up to a level where they can begin to start competing in 7 a side tournaments once they begin again.


The fun, laughter and all round enjoyment that the kids exude during the sessions reminds one how import sport is for children’s development. The kids are also beginning to learn the core values of Rugby which we know from our own experience will help them through life’s journey.


Rugby is a game for all shapes and sizes. All share a common purpose and core values. NTR and Lanna Rugby’s core values are respect, leadership, achievement, engagement, discipline and enjoyment.


  • We hold in high esteem our sport, its values and traditions and earn the respect of others by the way we behave.
  • We respect our match officials and accept their decisions.
  • We respect opposition and supporters.
  • We value our coaches and those who run our clubs, and treat clubhouses with consideration.


  • Communication -Leaders need to listen to their teams, allow them to influence decisions, and encourage them to become part of the process.
  • Leading by example – Through behaviour, leaders can set their expectations for the rest of the group.
  • Learning – Learn from the team around you and be willing to change your mindset.
  • Finding your leaders – Your informal leaders may not have anyone reporting to them but they are probably liked and trusted by the rest of the team.
  • We play selflessly: working for the team, not for ourselves alone, both on and off the field.
  • We speak out if our team or sport is threatened by inappropriate words or actions.
  • We take pride in our team, rely on one another and understand that each player has a part to play.
  • We welcome all new team members and include all because working as a team enriches our lives.


  • We encourage players to enjoy training and playing.
  • We use our sport to adapt a healthy lifestyle and build life skills.
  • We safeguard our young players and help them have fun.
  • We enjoy being part of a team and part of the rugby family because it enhances confidence and self esteem.


  • We ensure that our sport is of controlled physical endeavour and that we are honest and fair.
  • We obey the ‘Laws of the Game’ which ensure an inclusive and exciting global game.
  • We support our disciplinary system, which protects our sport and upholds its values.
  • We observe the sport’s laws and regulations and report serious breaches.


  • We uphold the rugby tradition of camaraderie with team mates and opposition.
  • We observe fair play both on and off the pitch and are generous in victory and dignified in defeat.
  • We play to win but not at all costs and recognise both endeavour and achievement.
  • We ensure that the well-being and development of individual players is central to all rugby activity.



Write up by Pat CotterCLICK HERE for all the Lanna Rugby Tens League match reports of the day.

Lanna Rugby Club Vs Payap Rugby Club

Stanton (Prop), Dave (Prop, Captain),  Brian (Hooker), Stubs (2nd Row), Brave (2nd Row), Bomber (Scrum Half), Ted (Fly Half), Boom (Centre),  Michael (Right Wing), Dtun ‘The Destroyer’ (Left Wing)

Jack, Ong


Chiang Mai University was the venue for the penultimate round of the 2020 Lanna Rugby 10’s League and it was hot. Not just the weather but the games had a lot riding on them with Lanna Rugby Club claiming top sport with a win and any of CMU Rugby, Payap Rugby Club and TNSU CMI Rugby, all in the hunt for that second spot, and a place in the 12th December final.

The first game of the day was Lanna Rugby Club taking on the surprise package of the season Payap Rugby Club in a game that Payap needed to win to guarantee that coveted second spot and a place in the final. Lanna were boosted by the return of stalwarts Brien Grieve and Louis “The Pickle” Stanton to bolster the team. Khun Kiattichai “Kit Noptakul was welcomed back as the official in charge and, with Lanna winning the toss, blew the whistle to get proceedings under way.

It was a nervous start as Payap knocked on from the kick off and from the resulting Lanna scrum a back move broke down midfield when a slight knock on gave the advantage back to Payap. As Lanna attempted to put pressure on at the scrum the Payap No 9 saw space down the blind side and leaving the cover in his wake sped down the line. Mike Cresswell came across to close him down but Boom, coming up in support, continued the move before passing back inside to the No 9 who was held up just short before ever present Rowan Carroll claimed the ball and drove over for the first score of the afternoon. Payap made the kick to give them that all important early advantage 7-0.

Again nerves were jangling and Lanna knocked on from the restart, handing back a great opportunity for Payap to attack the line. From the scrum the Payap backs found some space down the far touchline but as the move broke down some fine poaching by McRitchie saw the ball given out to Ted Guggenheim who found a gap to drive up the centre, before some fine cover defense hauled him down. Brien Grieve was on hand to take possession from the ruck and set in motion what was probably the move of the match. He Drew in the cover before passing out to centre CM Boom in space, who thrust deep into the Payap half, before offloading to a supporting Grieve who, continuing the move, threw a no look pass out the backdoor for a rollicking Stanton on the loop, to steam onto the ball for an unstoppable charge to the line. Guggenheim made it 7 all with a fine conversion. Breath-taking stuff by both teams so far.

Payap claimed the restart and their pack drove up the middle before recycling ball to the backs who, looked to be in for the score, before Stanton robbed possession, to turn defense into attack and, with Stubley taking the ball into midfield, it looked like Lanna would increase their lead but a Payap turnover saw them race away with some slick passing of their own only for Stubley to put in a fine saving tackle and get the ball to Dtun who galloped away to score and with Guggenheim missing the kick it put Lanna back in front 12-7 as the ref blew for the break.

From the restart Payap threw everything at Lanna with some enterprising forwards play and interchanging backs moves but they couldn’t breakdown a resolute Lanna defense led by Brave, with Ong and Jack putting in some big hits. Payap were awarded a penalty on half way but one of the players was shown a yellow card for dissent and, when the resulting lineout went astray, Lanna got the chance to relieve the pressure. Being a man down, there was always going to be space, and as Guggenheim fed from the base of the scrum Stubley called the switch and went down the blind side, then it was a footrace with only one winner, and Stubley scored under the posts which was duly converted by Guggenheim. Although Payap kept up the pressure they couldn’t get that all important break and went in 19-7 down.

As the final period kicked off Payap knew it was all or nothing and as Lanna kicked deep they would have to do it from their own line. Payap came back hard and with a superb carry from Robin getting them on the front foot, the No 9 chipped over the top for centre Boom to gather and race towards the line and although he was hunted down just before he got there he still had the power to get the ball down and get Payap back into the game. The try was converted and the score was back to 19-12.

Lanna just weren’t in the mood to let this one slip and, holding possession through multiple phases, eventually found a gap for Stubley to once again exploit and handing off his opposite number he broke the line to score under the posts which Guggenheim once again converted to give Lanna a 26-12 lead.

Lanna again kicked deep and once again Payap were up to the challenge first setting up the ruck then spinning the ball wide to wing…..who sped away and, side stepping Stubley, cantered in under the posts to set up an intriguing finale after Santhiti “Aom” kwuangwaen converted to make it 26-19. Payap pushed hard for that fourth try and it almost came with the last play of the game but the ball was knocked on in the tackle close to the line and the whistle went for the end of the match. Bonus point win for Lanna and a losing bonus point for Payap. Will that be enough to see them through? Their game against CMU Rugby next week becomes all important now!

Great game of running rugby played in the right spirit.


Final Score line: LRC 26 – 19 PAY

2 Stubley, 1 Stanton, 1 Dtun

3 Ted

Man of the Match: 


Ted put in a stirling effort at scrum half. He controlled the attacking line well, giving nice ball to the backs and forwards which opened up the Lions game, allowing us to dominate for the majority of the match. Top work!



Write up by Pat CotterCLICK HERE for all the Lanna Rugby Tens League match reports of the day.

Lanna Rugby Club Vs CMU

Opart (Prop), Dave (Prop, Captain),  Paul (Hooker), Stubs (2nd Row), Brave (2nd Row), Bomber (Scrum Half), Brian (Fly Half), Ted (Centre),  Dton (Right Wing), Dtun ‘The Destroyer’ (Left Wing)

Fook, Boom, Jack


Its coming to the business end of the season and although it looks like Lanna Rugby Club have all but booked their spot in the final, their opponents in the December 12th showcase are still yet to be decided, with both CMU Rugby Club and Payap Rugby Club still in the running.

The pitch at Sankhampeng Kanta Anusorn school was in excellent condition and, with brilliant sunshine and no hint of rain in the air, CMU kicked off with the intention of putting pressure on Payap for that all important second place.

Eager and quick out of the blocks CMU came up against a brick wall as Lanna, who’s battle hardened old boys have got better as the season wears on, snuffed out any early attacks from the CMU. As the period wore on they began to dominate at the breakdown and put CMU on the backfoot. For all the possession and territory that Lanna suddenly found for themselves, they couldn’t force a score and it was only as the clock was ticking down to the break that Stubley drove for the line only to be held up short and scrum half Mark Harris burrowed over from the ruck to get his first try for the club and finally, put Lanna on the board, which all their dominant play deserved. They should have been two up minutes later when new recruit Mike Groark barged his way over the line, but being unsighted, mistook the deadball line as the try line. Unfortunately in the buildup Mike, who had been instrumental in Lanna’s dominance in the early exchanges, took a blow to the head and had to leave the field.

From the restart it seemed that the Lanna boys were still coming to terms with losing Mike and a couple of weak tackles left the door open for CMU to equalise through Josh. As Lanna pressed for another score Harris was sin binned when adjudged to have taken down his opposite number with a dangerous tackle. Referee Rush blew the whistle to end the first period all square. 5-5

The start of the second stanza saw CMU capitalise on uncertainty in the Lanna ranks to immediately get on the board again with a breakaway try by Jed. Maybe it was the heat, maybe the loss of an influential player, but whatever it was suddenly Lanna were in complete disarray. Dropped balls, missed tackles, letting kicks bounce, it was a litany of errors and CMU are too good a side not to take advantage and they duly ran in two quick tries, a penalty try for which Dtun received a yellow card for a high tackle and by Pung to go 22-5 up.

It needed someone in the Lanna team to stand up and be counted and it duly arrived when Tom Stubley took the game by the scruff of the neck and, breaking from his own half, ran the length of the field to score and breath some life back into those Lanna legs. From the kick off CMU were guilty of letting the ball bounce and Opart was in position to knock the ball back to Stubley who immediately set off on a galivanting run through the CMU ranks to score his second and bring Lanna back into the match. 22-15 and it was game on.

The final period was a more even battle with Lanna back on their game with Captain McRitchie leading from the front and Paul Bolwell being his abrasive self as Lanna looked to get another score. Ted Guggenheim was becoming more influential as the game progressed and only some desperate defense stopped him from getting a score. It looked like CMU had scored again when a break from a mistimed kick saw them run clear only to knock the ball on over the line. From the relieving scrum a clearing kick by Guggenheim took play to the halfway and taking the lineout against the throw saw Lanna surge into the CMU 22. Harris fed the ball to Stubley who drove for the line to score but being taken high when going over the referee blew for a penalty try which tied up the game and denied Stubley a well deserved hat trick.

CMU had the chance to win the game in the last minute when they broke down the touchline. A desperate tackle by Harris was brushed aside but it was enough to force the CMU player to knock on in grounding the ball. All square at the finish with both teams getting a try bonus point. A fascinating game that swung first one way then the other and on reflection was probably a fair result which keeps CMU in contention for second spot in the league and a shot at the final.

With TNSU CMI again unavailable to field a team Payap Rugby Club got the walk over and four points.

Final Score line: LRC 22– 22 CMU

2 Stubley, 1 Bomber, 1 Penalty Try

Man of the Match:

Dtun the Destroyer

Dtun put in some massive try saving tackles in today’s physical competition. If it wasn’t for Dtun, Lions will have conceded far more tries.