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Southern Schools Tag Rugby World Cup 18 October 2007

Poulsom Park, Castletown played host to the Southern Schools Tag Rugby World Cup this week with over 120 children from the southern schools competing in this spectacular event. A total of 12 teams entered the festival from 7 of the primary schools in the southern region of the Island. Players aged 8 – 11 were selected to represent their schools and indeed their ‘World Cup country’ for the afternoon.

The event was organised in partnership between Castletown Rugby Club and the Sports Development Unit and was generously sponsored by CMI.

The inter-schools Tag Rugby competition has become an annual event in the South over the past few years since the introduction of the Schools Sports Co-ordinator to the region in 2005, however this year it was decided to tie the event in with the finals of the Rugby World Cup. Prior to the event a draw was made whereby each of the school teams selected a rugby World Cup country to represent for the afternoon. CMI kindly provided World Cup T-shirts for each of the competing nations.

After an exciting and breath taking Tag Rugby World Cup competition, the afternoon eventually drew to an end with a much anticipated final between the mighty Irish and the South sea islanders from Fiji. The teams matched one another try for try throughout the entire match and with just 1 minute to go before the final whistle the scores were tied at 4 – 4. In the dying seconds Fiji stole the victory to take home with them the much sought after ‘CMI Tag Rugby World Cup Trophy’.

Ian Williams, Rugby Development Officer said:

‘The afternoon was a resounding success, the standard of rugby skills on display was a delight to see with running and evasion skills at a very high standard. To see so many young players enjoying themselves and partaking in the full spirit of the game of rugby was a joy to watch. The support from the sideline was also very good to see and hear with positive encouragement to the forefront from the people in the crowd.’

He went on to say:

‘I must express my thanks to all those involved in the smooth organisation and running of the event, including the Referee’s for the day who were kept very busy and did an excellent job, and all the Teachers and Helpers who came with each team who made it possible for everything to run so well and to time, thank you.’

All children attending the sports festival were invited along to Castletown Rugby Club junior training sessions which run on Sunday mornings at Poulsom Park. Castletown Rugby Club has a good team of enthusiastic & qualified coaches who are keen to encourage more players to join their club and further discover the fantastic sport of Rugby. For further information please contact Nick Dale on 424853 / Nick.Dale@gov.im

Sincere thanks must go to CMI who supported the event and Dean Waddingham from CMI who attended the event to present the awards. Thanks must also go to members of the Castletown Rugby Club who put an enormous amount of time and effort in organising the event.

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