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Rival schools chase national title

30 June 2005

Two South London schools will be attempting to win a national rugby title at the birthplace of the game next month.


The Charlotte Sharman and Robert Browning schools - based within a mile of each other in Southwark - are taking part in the Child Victims of Crime Tag Rugby finals day on Wednesday, July 13.


The finals day will be played on the historic Close at Rugby School where William Webb Ellis first picked up and ran with a ball and gave birth to the sport that carries the name of the Warwickshire town. More than 300 children will take part in the finals day.


The initial entry for the tournament, run by Child Victims of Crime, the British Police Rugby charity, involved around 5,000 10 and 11-year-olds from 500 schools around the country.


Other qualifiers from the RFU's London & South East Division are Merry Hills Primary School from Enfield, St Peter's Primary School from Winchester, St John the Baptist RC School from Andover and William Law Primary School from Peterborough.


The Webb Ellis Cup, the Rugby World Cup trophy won by England in November 2003, will be present at the finals day along with the RFU exhibition trailer which has been touring the country promoting rugby as part of the RFU's Sweet Chariot Tour.


Leroy Angel, the next president of the Rugby Football Union, will be present at the finals day and he will present the trophy to the winning side.


The tournament starts at 10.30am and the final is scheduled for 3pm. Tag rugby is a non-contact version of the sport designed to introduce the game into schools.


Child Victims of Crime was established in 1994 to help children who have been victims of or traumatised by crime. It is a registered charity which is run by members of the British Police Rugby Section and administered by a Board of Trustees including three Chief Officers.