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Why not try rugby?

PUBLISHED: 16:32 30 January 2008 | UPDATED: 10:45 08 July 2010

Swaffham U9 line up.

Swaffham U9 line up.

Aura Sabadus

Would-be young rugby players are being given a chance to shine as the sport's Swaffham club is looking for more members.

Mark Obeney, rugby coach for the U9s is urging children who have an interest in the sport, fit the age group and preferably live in town to join the group.

Would-be young rugby players are being given a chance to shine as the sport's Swaffham club is looking for more members.

Mark Obeney, rugby coach for the U9s is urging children who have an interest in the sport, fit the age group and preferably live in town to join the group.

“I would encourage children to give it a go for a month, to see if they like it,” he said.

“After a month they can decide whether they wish to stay on or do something else.

“We play every other Sunday - so it's one Sunday training, one Sunday playing.”

He added: “Our current U9 squad at Swaffham Rugby Club has just enough players for one team which is made up of nine players. We want to increase our numbers in this particular age group for a number of reasons - to provide strength in depth, competition for selection, comprehensive training, as well as the ability to rest players during matches and to ensure that we can still field a team during times of illness, injury or holiday.

“The current group of nine boys, who turn out week after week, are an excellent group of boys and they regularly provide good opposition for other teams in the county who select from squads of 40 children or more.”

Before Christmas, Swaffham were the winners of an Eastern Counties Rugby Development Festival held at Holt, beating teams from all over Norfolk and Suffolk.

Call Mark Obeney on 07793258966 if interested.

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