New Signing: Will Castleton

29th June 2022

A Bit about Will

Will had a rugby ball in his hands as soon as he could walk. When Will was old enough to join a Rugby Team his Dad, Gary Castleton, our legendary commentator took him to Paignton u7’s, where he enjoyed playing until he was 17 years old. Will’s natural ability at rugby led him to Exeter College Rugby Academy from 16-18. From here his talents were noticed by the coaching staff at NARFC which led to him playing senior rugby for the mighty All Whites making his first-team debut at 17. Will loved his previous spell at NARFC and says, “I warmed to Newton Abbot Rugby Club straight away and loved the people and it’s where I gained lots of mates who are still my mates to this day.”  After two and a half seasons with Newton Abbot in what was national 3 level, he went to hone his rugby skills in New Zealand and join former NARFC players Will Cole and Chris Courtier, where they played for 2 seasons together. After 2 years of gaining that experience, Will returned back to England and back to the All Whites for a further 2 seasons before he suffered a knee injury in the following pre-season which put him out up until the Covid lockdown. Will admits “During Covid rugby was completely at the back of my mind and I completely fell out of love with the game and I even (poorly) took up football for a few games.”

However, last season a couple of Will’s workmates and also ex-NARFC players, who now play for Crediton, dragged Will to training with them where he fell back in love with the game. Will loved his stint as a Crediton and went on to say, “what a class club Crediton is” and what pulled him away was seeing the Newton Abbot win the Devon Intermediate Cup and gaining promotion. When Will was asked what he looking forward to most he said “I love what Sacko (Mike Saxton) has done with the backs and the structure he has put into the team. I am really looking forward to being coached and led by him and cant wait to further better my skills.

Mike Saxton DOR

I am very excited that Will is coming back, His kicking ability and the way he reads a game will take the pressure off the team which is something that will be of huge importance next season. He also has high basic skills standards and drives the level expected from players on and off the field. I expect Will to come in as a senior player and lead the team. He will also have an important role to bring the new colts up to speed and he’ll be working particularly close with Jamie Barnes who has a fantastic skill set and with Will’s, experience will be a regular in the First tea, this season.

Other News

GMS Player Registration

16th October 2023

Dear all Please ask all players/guardians to ensure they are registered on the RFU GMS site. Players who are not affiliated can’t play in cup…

Volunteering for Firework Night 2023

16th October 2023

Firework Night 2023 It’s that exciting time of the year again when our club gears up for the grandest event on our calendar – Firework…

Fireworks Night – Newton Abbot

13th October 2023

🎆 Newton Abbot Rugby Club – Firework Night 🎆 Get ready to light up the night sky because FIREWORKS NIGHT 2023 is back, and it’s bigger,…


11th October 2023

The Colts first actual game in the National U18 cup (having gained a bye due to the first-round opponents withdrawing) took place in the heat…

Ladies Rugby Manager

19th June 2023

Newton Abbot Rugby Club is looking for a Manager for our Senior Ladies Team to be in place for the upcoming 2023/24 season. This Role…

All Whites Colts Selected For Devon!

24th May 2023

To seal off a storming season playing throughout the successful Colts campaign, first year, U17 players Albert Dowse, Archie Johnson, Ashton Goulden, Cally Westaway and…