- From Melrose Sevens to Parkinson Lane Primary
- Indian RU squad spend time in West Yorkshire
International rugby union will be coming to Parkinson Lane Primary School, Halifax on Tuesday (April 16, 2013), but the visitors will not be from traditional Yorkshire 15-a-side backgrounds.
The visitors will be the Indian RFU 7s squad, who will call to West Yorkshire for a few days after competing in the World famous Melrose Rugby Sevens in Scotland at the weekend.
The Indian squad were one of four guest sides at this season’s Melrose event, joining French giants Clermont Auvergne, Saracens and Worcester and the elite from Scotland’s club sevens scene.
On Tuesday they will join in the assembly at Parkinson Lane and follow that up with a coaching session with the pupils, who have already shown a real aptitude for tag rugby and done very well in district tournaments.
“Having the Indian team in town and visiting Parkinson Lane is a real bonus,” says Ikram Butt, Managing Director of the British Asian Rugby Association, who was also the first British Asian to represent England at either code of rugby. “These players are great role models for the youngsters and are in the development process themselves as they rub shoulders with some of the world’s outstanding sevens players.
“While India only joined the International Rugby Board in 1999, rugby has been played in the sub-continent since the 19th century and of course, the world-famous Calcutta Cup which England and Scotland contest each year was a gift to the Rugby Football Union from India.”