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Crewkerne RFC host O2 Touch taster day

31 July 2011

  • Crewkerne RFC look to get more people into Touch Rugby
  • Somerset club urge people to pitch up and play O2 touch

O2 Touch rugby is currently in operation at over 400 clubs across the length and breadth of the country and Crewkerne RFC are the latest club to sign up to the nationwide initiative.

The Somerset club are offering people in the area the chance to try out Touch Rugby at an O2 Touch Taster session at their Henhayes ground in the centre of Crewkerne on August 13, 3pm.

Whether you have never played the sport before, are a regular XVs player or even an ex-player, male or female, Crewkerne RFC is opening its doors to all and sundry and want as many people as possible to pitch up and play.

Crewkerne RFC Chairman Simon Shackleford said: "Touch Rugby is a great way to get people into rugby. It’s an opportunity for anyone, whatever size you are, male or female, to compete against each other at the same level in a fun and friendly environment.

"Crewkerne is a predominately football town but we want more people to get into rugby where there is a great rugby club on their doorstep. It would also be great to see more women coming down to play and engage wives, girlfriends and sisters."

Crewkerne RFC will also be offering a BBQ and there will be a bouncy castle on the day.

O2 Touch is the first initiative to be rolled out to support the RFU’s Choose Rugby campaign which aims to increase participation in the sport ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2015.

Through Choose Rugby, the RFU is encouraging people to find a rugby club and start, restart or carry on playing rugby, either in the traditional 15-a-side game or in modified short and non-contact versions of the game like touch, tag or sevens.

To encourage players to participate in the O2 Touch programme, the RFU is also running an online video competition with winners having the chance to play at Twickenham. Video footage of individual O2 Touch events can be submitted to the RFU, with an RFU committee selecting the top five films from the North and the South and the winning teams getting the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play at Twickenham.