Monmouth Schools Varsity Matches – A Great Success for the Community

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Monmouth Comprehensive School recently played Monmouth Boys School in “Monmouth Varsity Matches” for the first time in many years. The varsity matches were organised and facilitated by Craig Everett, WRU - Monmouth RFC's Schools Rugby Officer, and the rugby coaches and teachers from both schools.

The newly created WRU - Monmouth RFC's Schools Rugby Officer role has been created to encourage rugby throughout all year groups, fostering closer links between local schools and the Rugby Club and has been an outstanding success to date. The fixtures between Years 7 and 8 of Monmouth Comprehensive and Monmouth Boys School were well contested, with a win for each school. All boys and girls are encouraged to come along to the club to train – and hopefully play together in the town side. There are discounted fees for joining this season, with each new player receiving a complimentary rain jacket and other playing kit. All new players are welcome.

Craig Everett commented:

“This was a great event both for the schools and Monmouth RFC and rugby was definitely the winner! Our objective at Monmouth RFC is to develop rugby playing warriors and gentlemen and to bring the community together through our wonderful game. The boys all enjoyed tea together at the Boys School pavilion and interacted well, as you would expect after two such hard fought contests on the field. I would like to thank the teachers from both schools for their wonderful support since I joined Monmouth RFC in September – they have all been fantastic and everyone is starting to buy into what we are trying to achieve. I am very much looking to working with the schools to develop a Monmouth Rugby Family, with the club assisting in joining the community together. Thank you all!!”

The Club and the schools are holding a fundraising 6 Nations Dinner on Friday 3rd February at the Blake Theatre to raise funds in support of the Schools Rugby Officer role. Welsh rugby legend and Boys School master John Bevan will be awarded Honorary Membership of Monmouth RFC with local legend and club stalwart Bob Prewett being awarded Life Membership of the club.

Future playing events include the potential meet of the two 1st XV's later in 2017 from the senior schools in what is hoped will become an annual event. Prior to that Everett is organising sessions for girls interested in starting rugby at both Monmouth Comprehensive and HMSG. Anyone interested in joining the thriving junior section of Monmouth RFC should contact Craig Everett at craigeverett80@gmail.com.

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