- England youngsters ready for commonwealth youth games
- Good chance to spot the rugby stars of the future – Williams
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England Rugby will compete in this year’s Commonwealth Youth Games held in the Isle of Man, with players aged between 16 and 18.
England Under 18 head coach John Fletcher and England 7s supremo Ben Ryan will take charge of England for the 7s tournament, which will be played for four hours each day on Saturday and Sunday, September 11-12 at the Bowl.
England take on Australia, Isle of Man, Canada, South Africa, Scotland, Sri Lanka and Trinidad and Tobago. The games, played on the full size rugby pitch, will each last 14 minutes – seven minutes each way.
Ian Williams is the Rugby Development Officer at the Department of Community, Culture and Leisure’s Sports Development Unit and said: “Rugby 7s is a great spectator sport because it is a simplified and action packed variation of the sport.
“The shortened length of games provides a high pace and seeing different teams every 20 minutes is a great way to see various approaches to how to play the game.
“It’s also a good chance to spot the rugby stars of the future. For instance, England scrum half Danny Care took part in the Commonwealth Youth Games in Bendigo, Australia, in 2004. Most of the players involved will go on to play for their national side.”
Tickets for the Commonwealth Youth Games are available from the Welcome Centre at the Sea Terminal and the Villa Marina Reception or via the Ticketing Hotline on 01624 600555.
Rugby 7s tickets are still available, priced £6.00 (uncovered seating) or £10 (covered). Concessions available.