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Woodbridge Rugby Club was delighted to join with Suffolk Coastal District Council and Suffolk Sport’s lottery-funded Sportivate campaign to organise, coach, host and provide players for the inaugural Seckford Shield last Sunday and lasting through August 2011. This is a fun touch-rugby competition to be played between Woodbridge pubs with a final scheduled to take place at Woodbridge Rugby Club’s grounds in early September. The Mariners have put up two teams, the Angel, Bell & Steelyard, Coach & Horses, and the Red Lion pubs have also put up teams.

Touch rugby is a shorter fun version of rugby that is NOT full contact and is suitable for mixed teams - young & old alike. You need no great rugby heritage to enjoy this sport! Local pubs were invited to enter a squad of ten players aged from 15yrs and upwards and featuring at least two female players. Games are seven-a-side with unlimited substitutions – but one female player must be on the pitch at all times.

The games are ten minutes each way and played on a round robin basis so that every team plays each other once over the tournament duration. At the first afternoon of matches yesterday, an introduction to the game & the rules was provided before the matches commenced. The matches take place over a two hour period, late afternoon, each Sunday over six consecutive weekends.

Martin Johnson, England Team Manager said: “Touch rugby is a great sport for getting fit and having fun and it’s great that Woodbridge has got involved. We use it as part of England training sessions to get the team warmed up as it’s dynamic and there are very few injury risks. O2 Touch provides a way for everyone to be a part of the sport.”

Simon Bennett Director of rugby at Woodbridge Rugby Club said: “Any initiative which encourages people to become more active must be welcomed. Rugby doesn’t have to be a full contact sport and the O2 Touch programme enables everyone, young or old, male or female, to have a go, get fit and have fun. With England hosting the Rugby World Cup in 2015 now would be the perfect time to come down to Woodbridge RFC and choose rugby.”

O2 Touch is also backed by England’s second highest try scorer of all time, Will Greenwood, who added “There is so much high quality rugby coming up over the next four years and it is a great time to be involved with, and playing the sport. Touch rugby is one of the most enjoyable aspects of the game, it is so easy to pick up and no matter what age you are or which part of the country you are from, it is a great way to have fun whilst playing rugby.”

Every pub will take a turn as host to invite all participants back for refreshments, this weekend it was the Coach and Horses, newly opened in Melton. Team members contribute £1 per head per week to assist with the costs of staging this tournament.

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