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Manx Rugby is set to receive a major boost with the creation of a Sevens squad to compete in the Commonwealth Youth Games to be staged on the Isle of Man in 2011.

Mike Dee, who has been involved in rugby on the island for almost 30 years, has been appointed Team Manager. He said: Im delighted to take up the challenge of developing a squad capable of competing in the 2011 games. It will be a challenge for everyone involved, not least the players. We will look to work with the local schools, clubs and governing bodies to achieve our aims and support the promotion of the Games. We are also looking to obtain a local sponsor to support the squad over the three year development period.

Three coaches have been appointed to work with Dee - Amy Wheeler, Tony Fallon and Casey Davies.

Ian Williams, Rugby Development Officer for the Isle of Man, and part of the C.Y.G. Management team, said: These appointments are great news for Manx Rugby. The qualities that Mike and the coaches will bring to the development of the squad will be professional and ensure a thoroughly well-prepared team.

We all have a lot of work to do to make the most of this opportunity to showcase Rugby on the island and we are all determined to seize that chance on behalf of all the rugby people in the community.

The First Commonwealth Youth Games were held in Edinburgh in August 2000, when 733 athletes from 14 countries competed in eight sports over three days. The second Games took place in Bendigo, Australia in December 2004, when the field had grown to over 1,000 athletes and officials from 22 countries in a 10 sport programme. This years Games were held in the Indian city of Pune, when the entry had expanded to 71 nations and territories.

All competitors in the Games need to be 18 years or under.

Sport is a major part of life on the Island and rugby is one of the key sports, the Manx Rugby Football Union having been actively developing the game for a decade.

Says Williams: We have more players being selected to play in the County set-up with Cheshire and we now have three clubs playing in the League structure - Vagabonds, Douglas and Ramsey, as well as Vagabonds Ladies gaining entry into the League set-up within the RFUW.

The inclusion of Sevens Rugby in the 2011 Games is another big step in the development of the game on the Island. It will also be a great opportunity for all the players and spectators to enjoy top class rugby being played here. If anyone would like to get involved in the Games project in any capacity or if you have any questions about them, contact Ian Williams on 686808 or

The Manx Rugby Football Union has also announced the appointment of Murry Cringle as Chairman of the Development Committee. He takes over from Chris Till, who is now Chairman of the MRFU, after Peter Saunders recently stepped down from the role after many years of hard work for the Union.

The Development committee is involved in the ever continuing development of all aspects of Rugby on the Island, from Youth Rugby all the way to Vets Rugby, and from Volunteers to Referee development.

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