Young rugby starlets get first taste of tour

The mini Villagers faced Welsh opposition
The mini Villagers faced Welsh opposition
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A touring group of 60 young rugby players enjoyed a weekend of outdoor activity in Wales.

Chinnor RFC U11s and U12s, many of whom were touring for the first time, experienced a number of outdoor activities and rugby in the Black Mountains.

Boys were kitted out in hoodies and tour jackets, with the help of more than 10 different sponsors.

But the tour was funded by principal sponsor GGR Group, a Long Crendon-based crane supplier.

The young players threw themselves into rock-climbing, abseiling, zip-wiring, rifle shooting and quad-biking.

Team building activities were set up for the evening before they were hosted by Abercrave Rugby Club and Brecon RFC and for matches on Sunday morning.

Mike Thorby’s two U11 teams won all of their games and Myles Hick’s U12 side won one and lost one.

The matches against tough opposition were perfect preparation for the Oxfordshire Festival in April.

Honourary secretary Alex Bond, whose 11-year-old son Christopher was part of the action-packed tour, said they were all ‘fast asleep on the way home’.

Mr Bond was thankful to the coaches, who train the young squads voluntarily and show a lot of enthusiasm to help the boys develop their games.

He said: “It’s a real coup to organise a trip like this with adults and kids. A real achievement.

“To go away and all have areally nice weekend was great.”

Chinnor RFC welcome new-comers from ages six-60.