Sat 08
Cantabs 3
3rd XV
Rugby again the winner

Rugby again the winner

By Phil Brown
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10 clubs join in the fun

Rugby was very much the winner at Cantabrigians RFC on Saturday 8 January, with players from 10 different clubs and five different counties coming together to form a Barbarians XV to play Cantabs 3s.

The initiative was led by four social team captains who have been working together for the good of the sport in the Eastern Counties, following difficulties fulfilling fixtures at grassroots level after the Covid-19 pandemic.

The clubs represented were Cantabs, Sawston, St Ives, Wendens Ambo, Saffron Walden, Ely, Deepings, Norwich, Newmarket and Fakenham with some players travelling over 60 miles to fulfil the fixture.

One of the players and part-organiser, Craig Cheetham (St Ives), said: “The grassroots game is facing a bit of an availability crisis this season, so with the support of Eastern Counties Rugby Union and the dedication of the players and captains, we managed to get a brilliant fixture on that was thoroughly enjoyed by all and a huge boost for the sport in our region – a collaboration that we’ll continue for the rest of the season. Huge thanks are due to Cantabs for hosting us.”

Cantabs 3 won 64-10, but the grassroots sport was the real winner.

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Sat 08, Jan 2022