DARTMOUTH chairman Simon Entwhistle has countered rumours the club is in danger of folding by launching a recruitment drive.
When only two players turned up for Tuesday night training last week, there were understandable fears the future of the club was in doubt.
By Thursday training numbers were up to 14 and by Saturday afternoon coach Chris Chater had enough players to field a team against Torquay Quins and beat them 56-20.
It's one thing getting a side out for a particular game – and quite another to get through a complete season in Devon Two.
That's why Entwhistle is looking to round up players old and new for the league campaign, which starts this Saturday with a derby trip to Buckfastleigh.
"Contrary to the rumour mill, Dartmouth RFC is not about to cease to exist," said Entwhistle.
"It is true that last season was difficult and we were plagued by injuries and a lack of players at times.
"There is however a dedicated committee, and squad of players who are committed to seeing competitive rugby played in Dartmouth this season."
Entwhistle has issued an open invite to anyone with an interest in the game to hook up with the club on training nights.
"It does not matter what your ability is, and as long as you are 17 and have a wish to play, you will be welcome.
"We would also like to extend the invitation to more senior players whose playing days are perhaps coming to an end but would welcome the opportunity to train for fitness reasons."
Training is on Tuesday and Thursday evenings between 6- 7.30 pm at the Norton pitches.
Prospective new players will be welcomed at the home game against Plymouth Argaum on September 21 (3pm).
Further details from Les Jefferies 07961064138.
BUCKFASTLEIGH warmed up for their Devon Two opener against Dartmouth this Saturday with a 41-22 win over Honiton Quins.
There wasn't much in it in the first 40 minutes as the Ramblers only turned around 15-12 up.
Nine minutes into the second half Bucks scored again and it was largely downhill all the way for Honiton in the time left.
Tries by Jake Symes and Josh Vickridge pointed Bucks in the right direction with Harry Laity converting one and a penalty.
On the 49th minute the training over the last couple of weeks paid off with the Ramblers drawing a man then passing, leading to a fine try by man of the match Matt Partridge. Laity converted.
The visitors replied with one of their own before the fitness of the hosts shone through with a Greg Robinson try followed by Luke Collings dashing over.
Chris Tester also went over the line after a 20-metre dash, showing the pack can move when required.