Rugby is Back!!

First Game Back at Watery Lane Since the COVID Lockdown

Sunday the 6th September saw the first game back at Watery Lane since the COVID lockdown…. but not in a format that we have seen before. 

Due to the risks of playing close contact rugby, the RFU have devised a new game named Ready 4 Rugby, which is a 10 a side touch game, designed to promote support play, communication and to get rugby players running around again. 

As it’s a non-contact game, different game groups can play together.  Therefore, the Colts took on the U16’s in the first game back since lockdown. 

The Colts started the brighter of the two sides scoring a number of unanswered trys.  Despite the physical size difference in the two teams, it was not long before the U16’s broke the line for themselves. 

Four sessions of 15 minutes were played with both teams scoring many trys to entertain the large crowd of supportive parents and family.  It may not be rugby as we used to know it, but it was entertaining and both teams thoroughly enjoyed themselves, by the looks on their faces.  It was great to see 30 lads running around again and expending their boundless energy. 

Further Ready 4 Rugby games are planned to be played on Sundays throughout September.

Author:  Vince Ward (Youth and Colts Chairman)