North Herts Crusaders Get Rugby League into Local Schools In Hertfordshire

Hitchin Boys School In the North Herts Crusaders Emerging Colleges Tournament

Hitchin Boys School In the North Herts Crusaders Emerging Colleges Tournament

The North Herts Crusaders under the guidance of Head coach Colin Baker along with the help of coaches Daniel Bendon and Robin French have been busy getting schools interested in rugby league with the aim of organising a emerging colleges tournament. The Crusaders coaches have been busy going around schools introducing players the greatest game.

Myself, being a founder of the North Herts Crusaders could have only dreamed of the success we have had in the last 2 years since our inception. In year one we ran 2 teams on a number of occasions and in  year 2 we had a huge number of players join us in the newly formed under 16s age group in addition to our 2 senior teams. Now on the cusp of our 3rd season we will be adding another junior team of which both will be playing in the London Junior Leagues. The teams will be under 17s and under 15s.

With the success of the schools coaching and the emerging colleges tournament we have every the new Crusaders Junior teams have every reason to be optimistic for the 2014.

Finalists Hitchin Boys School and Leventhorpe College

Finalists Hitchin Boys School and Leventhorpe College

On a sunny Wednesday afternoon we welcome four local schools down to Legends lane to take part in the emerging colleges tournament of which the winning team will go onto a regional colleges competition on 12th February.
The following teams bought players to take part in what turned out to be a hotly contested tournament with some real talent in all the teams on show.

1. Leventhorpe College (Sawbridgeworth)

2. Hitchin Boys School (Hitchin)

3. Samuel Whitbread (Shefford)

4. Knights Templar (Baldock)


Hitchin Boys 4-26 Leventhorpe

Hitchin Boys 22-0 Samuel Whitbread

Knights Templar 16-4 Samuel Whitbread

Leventhorpe 26-0 Knights Templar

Knights Templar 0-30 Hitchin Boys

With these results this left Leventhorpe and Hitchin Boys to contest the final. Throughout the day all the teams got the hang of what is a new game for them and none more so than Hitchin Boys. It was expected that Hitchin Boys would looking to exact revenge for their earlier defeat and we will see a close game that will go to the wire and that is what we got.

Leventhorpe College 6-4 Hitchin Boys



With just a conversion separating the teams it was a fitting end to a great day of rugby league and it was Leventhorpe that qualify and go through to the regional colleges finals on 12th February.

What we saw from all teams was a lot of raw talent that really enjoyed their day of playing rugby league of which many were playing their first ever game. This indeed bodes well for the future of the game within North Herts and the surrounding areas as we hope that they will come and play some rugby league during the summer.

With this successful tournament behind us we can look forward to the season ahead and particularly our two junior teams the Under 15s and Under 17s age groups of which many of the players on show today will be involved.

The Crusaders Junior preseason training will be on Saturday mornings and will begin on Saturday 1st February. Both teams will be entered into the London Junior leagues.

So tell your friends and lets get more people playing the greatest game. We are also looking for open age players of all abilities. Come and join a thriving sports club.


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All India South Asia Rugby Tournament, 2011 Final.

Indian Army Red Win All India South Asia Rugby Tournament, 2011

Indian Army Red Win All India South Asia Rugby Tournament, 2011

Rugby is the fastest growing sport in India today. The All India south asia rugby tournament is a testament to this fact. The tournament consistes of the Division-1 teams from across India who will do battle. The participating teams were Army Red (Western Zone), Army Green (Western Zone), Tamil Nadu Police (Tamil Nadu), Delhi Hurricanes (New Delhi), Jungle Crows (Kolkata), CCFC (Calcutta Cricket & Football Club), Bombay Gymkhana, Sergeant’s Institute (Kolkata), Pune Rugby Team (Pune) and KISS Rugby Team (Orissa).

After 6 days of rugby at the tournament it was the final day in the All India South Asia Rugby Tournament, 2011. The two finalists; Army Red, the team that has won this championship on the last 4 occasions and the hosts, Bombay Gymkhanna were evenly matched, and the game promised to be one full of passion, commitment and grit.

As the game kicked off, the first 15 minutes were as close as ever, with both teams battling hard for possession around the half way mark. Army Red were the first team on the score sheet when Pushpendu Das scored from a penalty kick after a Bombay Gym player infringed on a ruck. After the restart Bombay Gym put pressure on the Army defence but came up short, and after a few consecutive infingments once again found themselves in their 22 meter zone. The Army set up a maul from a line out and the Army Red Hooker, Hemant Kumar scored off the rolling maul. Pushpendu Das failed to convert the conversion kick and Army Red went into half time 8-0 up.

When the teams came out at half time, the first 10 minutes were very similar to the corresponding minutes of the first half, with both teams fighting for possession at and around the halfway mark. After a break by the army back line, which was broken up by a good tackle by a Bombay Gym winger, Army found themselves on the Bombay Gym’s 5 meter line. A strong Army scrum put Bombay Gym on the backfoot and Scrum half Sujai lama broke through the gap in the defence to score the Army’s second try right under the posts which was easily converted by Pushpendu Das. Bombay Gym then went all out to pull back some points, and as a result saw captain Nasser Hussain and flanker Anwar Sheik yellow carded for infringements in the ruck.

Bombay Gym were unable to comeback and the game ended, 15-0 to Army A who were crowned champions of the All India and South Asia Rugby tournament for the 5th consecutive time.



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The Rugby World Cup Should Have a Plate Competition For Minnows?

Romanian rugby

Romania in the rugby world cup

The world cup is well underway and apart from Ireland beating Australia there has been no real upsets and even Ireland beating Australia is not a huge upset as Ireland can beat anyone on their day. However this year has seen some of the minnows give a good account of themselves and have given tier 1 countries tough games which turned out to be rather close.

These teams are no longer the pushovers they used to be when cricket scores were a comman occurrence. We have been some very close matches for example Canada beating Tonga and Romania leading Scotland until the final quarter. 

I firmly believe that for the tier 2 nations playing in the world cup are generally playing better than in previous years and are obviously getting better with the more matches they play. It seems a shame that these countries walk away with nothing to show for there efforts after the group stages.

I think that the minnows flourish in playing against better teams in a Rugby World Cup tournament and will get better the more matches they play. I propose that teams that go out of the group stages should then enter the plate competition in a format similar to the Sevens World Series. Do you think this is a good idea or one that is not workable?

Also what could be done to make the tier 2 countries more competitive on the world stage? The world cup will in my opinion be won by any one of 4 teams as is always the case. I cannot see that changing unless fully professional leagues are established in these tier 2 countries, perhaps the IRB should be doing more?




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Rugby Sevens at the Commonwealth Games and India 2010 Pools Declared.

New Zealand rugby Sevens Commonwealth Games Delhi 2010 

Rugby sevens has been played at three Commonwealth Games since its first appearance, at the 1998 Commonwealth Games, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Appearing in 2002 and 2006, it is now considered a ‘Core’ sport by the Commonwealth Games Federation, necessitating its appearance at all future games, including the upcoming 2010 Games in Delhi India.

The 16th Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia saw the introduction of rugby sevens along with cricket, field Hockey and netball.

New Zealand has never lost a match at the Commonwealth Games, winning gold in all three Games at which the sport has been played.

Following is a list of medal winners in all Commonwealth Games for Rugby Sevens.

Medal Winners at the 1998 – Kuala Lumpur Games
Gold – New Zealand
Silver – Fiji
Bronze – Australia

Medal Winners at the 2002 – Manchester Games
Gold – New Zealand
Silver – Fiji
Bronze – South Africa

Medal Winners at the 2006 – Melbourne Games
Gold – New Zealand
Silver – England
Bronze – Fiji

2010 – Delhi Games

The International Rugby Board (IRB) together with the Commonwealth Games Federation has announced the pool draw for the Rugby Sevens event at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India on 11-12 October.

Marking almost exactly one year since sevens’ inclusion as an Olympic sport at the 121st IOC Session in Copenhagen, the tournament will be the first opportunity to witness its proven blend of high-octane action and competitive matches in a multi-sport Games environment.

Commanwealth Games Rugby Sevens

Commanwealth Games Rugby Sevens

Defending Commonwealth Games Sevens Champions New Zealand are top seeds and head Pool A, where they will face opening matches against World Series regulars Scotland and Canada as well as Caribbean champions Guyana, who also competed on the World Series this season in Las Vegas.

New Zealand have won all three sevens gold medals on offer so far – in 1998 (Kuala Lumpur), 2002 (Manchester) and 2006 (Melbourne).

2002 bronze medalists South Africa head Pool B and face three challenging opening ties against reigning Rugby World Cup Sevens champions Wales, Tonga and the host nation, India.

Reigning IRB Sevens World Series champions Samoa top Pool C and face matches on day one against ever-dangerous Kenya, the Cranes of Uganda and Papua New Guinea’s Puk Puks.

England head Pool D but will meet the vastly improved Australians, who finished this year’s World Series in third place behind the Samoans and New Zealand. The two rugby superpowers will also face matches against the third African team in the draw, Namibia, and Sri Lanka.

‘Memorable tournament’

“Having Sevens played at the Commonwealth Games plays an integral role in the ongoing development and promotion of Rugby around the world. The event features teams from Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania, North America and the Caribbean and continues to attract some of the world’s top players, delivering exciting matches and attracting new fans,” said IRB President, Bernard Lapasset.

“Sevens has consistently proven to be successful at the Commonwealth Games and this year we are particularly excited that the event is being held in India, where rugby is reaching out to new, young audiences in a rapidly developing market for our sport. We are looking forward to what promises to be a memorable tournament for the global rugby family.”

Mike Hooper, Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation added: “With a record crowd of 50,000 at the final Rugby Sevens session in Melbourne in 2006, the Rugby Sevens tournament has become one of the most sought-after attractions at the Commonwealth Games, providing an excellent spectacle for both fans and television viewers.

“The inclusion of some of the world’s best Sevens teams and star players from every corner of the world continue to broaden the Games’ global appeal even further.”

The Tournament Schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.

2010 Commonwealth Games Delhi Pools:

Pool A: New Zealand, Scotland, Canada, Guyana
Pool B: South Africa, Wales, Tonga, India
Pool C: Samoa, Kenya, Uganda, Papua New Guinea
Pool D: England, Australia, Namibia, Sri Lanka, African qualifier

Venue: North Campus, Delhi University (DU)
Training Venues:
• Delhi University – 7
• Jamia Milia Islamia – 1

Competition Venue and seven Training Venues are in Delhi University. The two day competition will be held on 11 & 12 October 2010.

Teams: 16
Team size: 12 Athletes per team


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Go Play Touch Rugby And Some Touch Rugby Videos

Touch rugby Game in progress

Touch Rugby

Now that the Summer is allegedly here and the Rugby season is over its time to think about keeping active during the summer and keep in shape for the new season. Touch rugby is a fantastic way to keep fit without the contact and anyone can play.

Touch is one of the fastest growing sports in England, played by people of all ages and skill levels. Introduced from the Southern Hemisphere in the 70’s, touch is a fast, evasive, non-contact form of rugby. Touch is one of the few team sports where men and women compete on teams together not only socially but at an international level. There are currently approximately 12,000 people playing touch in organised leagues around the UK.

It’s a non contact version of the game and is thus much simpler to learn and to play as there is no tackling, scrummaging, rucking, mauling, lineouts or kicking. It’s a fun game and is ideal for beginners to get to grips with the basics In fact, it’s a great way to work on your running, handling and dodging skills.

In Australia and New Zealand there are more registered touch players than the 15-a-side game and this trend is set up to be the case in the UK.

A touch rugby tournament hosted by Letchworth Rugby Club in Hertfordshire UK. This annual Summer touch tournament starts Wednesday 2nd June 2010. This is the fourth year of the Letchworth Touch tournament and every year it grows from strength to strength. Most of the teams are made up of members of Letchworth Rugby Club however teams from other clubs and organisations are invited and welcomed. In recent years there has been teams drawn from the RAF, various football teams, teams of parents from the junior and mini sections, Veterans, as well as current players from Letchworth including junior teams older than under 14s and girls sections.

The touch tournament is a fantastic success for Letchworth Rugby Club and the growth and popularity of rugby in general. It enables players, parents, coaches and to socialise and get to know each other and creates a cohesion within the club that otherwise would not be there. It has been known to enticed some to dig out there boots from the loft and start playing again.

In addition to these positives, it also helps the club with takings over the bar, raises the profile of rugby in the local area and most of all it attracts more potential players to the game, which is excellent for the game overall.

This annual touch tournament starts Wednesday 2nd June and of 10 at £100 per team. You will receive free team t-shirts and there will be a big Finals Party with a barbecue and fun for all!

It’s a real family day and families are encouraged to come along and join in.

An excellent idea for any club wanting to increase membership and raise the profile of their club and get more people discovering how fun and great exercise touch rugby is. Perhaps you would like to start a similar tournament over the summer, its a win win situation for any club willing to hold a summer touch rugby tournament. So if you fancy keeping fit and trying out touch rugby get in contact with your local rugby club and see if they have touch rugby during the summer.

A Short video explaining how to play rugby. There are variations to the rules played however the basics of touch rugby are explained here.

A video of some some touch rugby being played in New Zealand. This is the standard we must get up to, well maybe not yet but with more tournaments and touch rugby leagues, maybe we will get there.

Clips from the Dawgsouljahz touch team at the whakatane touch tounament in New Zealand.

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The Inaugural Woodford RFC Annual Invitation 7s Tournament

Rugby sevens will become an Olympic sport in 2016 at the Rio de Janeiro Games such is the growing popularity of Sevens rugby. Not only is the popularity growing on the world stage also more and more tournaments are being created across the world catering for players at all levels of play. One rugby club in England will see its first sevens tournament this year, Woodford Rugby Football Club.

Woodford Sevens

Woodford RFC 7s 24th April 2010


Woodford are to hold their inaugural rugby 7s invitational tournament at the Highams on 24th April 2010. This will be a one day event with around 14 teams participating.

There will be a high standard of rugby sevens with teams drawn from London and Essex and some from further a field. Fun for all the family is guaranteed and some of the attractions include Bouncy castles, Entertainers, hog roast and BBQ throughout the day and a competitively priced bar open all day.

The best bit is that its absolutely FREE to come and watch, so if you live in the area pop down, bring the family and join in the festivities make a day of it. In addition there will be a Late night Party with DJ from 8 and drinking into the early hours all are welcome to stay.

Woodford have ambitions for this tournament to grow next year with the possibility that it will be a 2 day event with around 20 teams participating and with camping facilities to aid further drinking.

It’s still not too late if you want to enter a team into this tournament the costs are below. However be quick as places are going fast.

£100 entry per team of 10
£250 prize money for the winners.

They are looking for strong club sides, University reunions, and wandering 7s teams so get your entries in as soon as possible to ensure your place.

Contact Elliott Kayser on 07525 367 473 for further details.

Woodford RFC
High Road
Woodford Green

Tel: 02085046769

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