- Liverpool University students back sevens event
- Newcomers point to positive season ahead
Rugby at Liverpool University received a valuable boost recently when a sevens competition organised by one of the students attracted an entry of 16 teams from the university, an ‘Old Boys’ team and another team of younger players from Sefton RFC.
Niall MacSweeney was the driving force behind the project, which combined the Sevens tournament with a ‘pitch up and play’ mixed touch rugby event organised by Jason Smith and players from Mossley Hill RFC as part of their recruitment programme for next season.
The tournament featured seven hours of competition and was supported by Red Bull, local businesses and other university societies.
Key to the success was the fact that the number of students taking part weren’t ‘regular’ rugby players and this augurs well for next season’s intra mural league, as well as with the recruitment for the university sides.
An additional bonus was that as a result of the work done at the event by Mossley Hill, they are now attracting over 50 players every Thursday evening to touch rugby sessions at their club.
“The day went really well and suggests that the rugby take-up when everyone is back will be pretty good this season,” said Kevin Greaves, the Liverpool Community Rugby Coach. “The fact that the Mossley touch programme is also doing so well is very encouraging.”