‘Good Feeling’ About Rugby In Scilly As Club Goes From Strength to Strength

rugby children“There’s a good feeling about rugby” in Scilly at the moment. That’s according to St Mary’s Rugby Club Secretary Rob Hughes.

Scilly’s young players are set to receive more training this weekend, following last week’s Cornish Pirates sessions on Tresco and St Mary’s.

The RFU’s Neil Smith is returning to coach 5 to 16-year-olds on the Garrison from 3.30pm on Friday afternoon. Then on Saturday, the islands’ rugby club is hosting their annual beach tag tournament on Porthcressa from 10.30am.

That event gives residents a chance to play the non-contact version of the game.

Players will be split into teams based on age and gender and the session provides a rare opportunity for parents to play the sport with their kids.

Rob says this annual event will start a day earlier this year, so players will have their Sunday free.

Some of the young islanders who took part in the original beach tag rugby sessions with Rob and Ben Kirk are now in their twenties and have kept up with the game at college.

And that’s why Rob wants to encourage more 8 to 11-year-olds who’ll be the players of the future.

He says the club has gone from strength-to-strength since their RFU affiliation and re-launch three years ago. It’s one of Scilly’s biggest groups with around 50 youngsters on the books.

After this weekend of sport, regular Sunday sessions will start again in the autumn. Rob hopes to send a group to a Cornish tag rugby weekend tournament but that will require fundraising and he hopes there’ll be a deal on the youngsters’ fares offered by the Steamship Company.