From Paul Hayes - St Austell RFC Chairman
It is with great sadness we learned of the passing of Her Majesty the Queen last night. Since then, we have been deliberating on the most appropriate approach to this weekend’s fixture during a period of National mourning.
The RFU have now issued guidance and I would like to share with all our players, members, supporters and staff the approach St Austell RFC will be taking at this time of great sadness.
The overarching message from the RFU is that fixtures can go ahead, after mutual agreement from both clubs. This may not be an approach you agree with but first let me highlight a paragraph from the RFU statement:
“Rugby, at its heart, is about community and bringing people together, in good times and in sad. Rugby clubs are a source of strength and support during times of uncertainty, and we hope that by enabling games and other rugby activity to go ahead this weekend, with families and friends congregating it will help us all to unite at this time of national mourning.”
This same stance was discussed amongst members of the Executive Committee last night, and a similar opinion to the above was reached. At times of adversity and in this case sadness due to the loss of a remarkable British and Commonwealth constant, we feel that being able to congregate, as a rugby family, it would allow us the opportunity to show our respect, to talk, to share memories and stories, and just to be there for each other, and that it would offer huge benefits to all that choose to attend.
Sherborne RFC have confirmed their desire for Saturday’s game to ahead so the Saints will travel to Dorset and join our hosts in an act of remembrance before the kick off.
Launceston Colts will be coming to Tregorrick this evening for the scheduled game against our Colts. The St Piran Flag and the St Austell RFC flag will both be at half-mast and the game will be preceded with a minute silence in memory of Her Majesty.
We are still waiting for Bodmin RFC to confirm their preferences, but our Sinners are ready to play if they wish to go ahead with the game.
Those of you that wish to mourn in private are, of course, respected beyond measure, and when you are ready, we, the Saints rugby family, will be here when you feel up to it.