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England’s elite land at Drybrook

19 September 2012

  • Gloucester club hosts England kit launch
  • Event brings together entire community

Chris Robshaw poses with local children

Photo: Getty Images

Drybrook Rugby Club today enjoyed one of the biggest days in its 119-year history as the Gloucester Premier League side hosted the launch of the new England kit.

Paul Mason, Chairman of Drybrook RFC said: “Drybrook Rugby Club is absolutely delighted to have been chosen as the host venue for the Canterbury kit launch. 

"It really is a dream come true to host an event of this magnitude and it is a great opportunity for the whole of the community to combine and celebrate. There have been some memorable occasions for Drybrook throughout the years but this day will surely become the most memorable of them all."

The earliest record of rugby being played in Drybrook comes from 1880 by a team calling themselves the Drybrook Good Templars. The current club was founded in 1893 and in the early years they played on a ground in the centre of the village, using several local inns as their headquarters.

Following the Second World War the club purchased its current ground at the Mannings and over the years has expanded to its present nine acre facility. 

The rugby club has always been at the heart of the community and today provides a base for many local user groups and societies to operate from. These include the British Legion, a Morris Dancing troupe, the local Racing Pigeon club as well as clubs and bingo sessions for the senior citizens.

The club is an important focal point in the village and has a particularly large supporter base from the local community. In fact, it is this trait that has helped to cement its reputation in the local area.

Drybrook currently operate in the Gloucestershire Premier League and is justifiably proud of being one of the county’s only RFU Accredited clubs. 

The Mini/Junior and Girls section is one of the oldest and largest in the county and have been particularly successful. Two former Drybrook players Natasha Hunt and Ceri Large are again in the England Women’s Elite squad for this season.

The new England Home kit from Canterbury is available to buy now.