Professional Rugby Players To Visit Scilly Later This Month

Rugby BallThe islands’ rugby fans are in for a treat later this month as The Cornish Pirates and ten Exeter Chiefs players are visiting Scilly on a 3-day training and public relations tour.

Mermaid Landlord Nick George has arranged the event. Nick is a massive fan of the Cornish rugby club and has family connections, as his mother is a director.

He’s arranged for a 50-strong delegation to visit between Wednesday 23rd and Friday 25th of July.

The players will train and take part in team building events on St Mary’s, Tresco and possibly St Martin’s.

It is hoped that the professionals will be able to pass on their skills to some of the forty or so youngsters involved in the regular rugby sessions on St Mary’s.

On Tresco, there’ll be training in kicking and passing for young players and then tag rugby on the Wednesday afternoon.

They’re also planning a session with Five Islands School pupils and PE teacher Martyn Songhurst on the Thursday.

Nick says this is a massive coup for the islands’ rugby fans. He says he can’t remember the last time a fully professional sports team, with top end players, has travelled to the islands for a visit.

But it’s been a challenge pulling this off and he’s grateful to the Steamship Company’s Chief Executive Rob Goldsmith who stepped in to help with reduced fares. Tresco Estate has also contributed to the funding.

Nick says it’s expensive to get so many players over. The money in rugby is “nothing like football,” he says, and many professional rugby players are paid very little.

As similar visit could be organised next year if locals or businesses could help fund the event.