England Deaf Rugby who are recognised by the RFU at both men's & woman's levels have unveiled as a highlight of their Rugby awareness day at Crediton RFC a match between an England Deaf Development side at a Barbarians side playing under the Ide Rfc flag.
The awareness day and the match takes place at Crediton RFC @2pm on Sunday 21.2.16.
The day and match has come about because of the work of local RFU Community Coach Wayne Reid & Ide RFC player Geoff Davey, who teaches at the Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education.
England Deaf Rugby Union was set up to enable deaf & hard of hearing people to get together & enjoy the sport of rugby and be able to participate in every aspect of rugby. The awareness day is part of many activities planned this year.
Nigel Gooding Ide's secretary speaking today, himself hard of hearing following radiotherapy treatment said "we are delighted to support EDRFU and their awareness day and play an England side. It is a great honour to be asked to play and testament to the ethos of Ide RFC."
Competition for places in the Ide side is likely to be hot as England Deaf teams are normally pitched at level 7/8 rugby, and will have to be at the top of their game if they are to continue their unbeaten run in 2015/16.