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Avon ris­ing to chal­lenge

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Avon Rugby Club are up­beat de­spite the lat­est tar­get for re-start­ing league matches now be­ing post­poned again, to Jan­uary 2021.

But this hasn’t damp­ened their spir­its too much as their reg­u­lar train­ing ses­sions con­tinue to be well sup­ported and en­thu­si­as­ti­cally re­ceived by the play­ers.

Th­ese are be­ing con­ducted by RFU qual­i­fied coaches in line with the RFU guid­ance on the Re­turnto-play pro­to­cols.

Head Coach Kai Harwood said “It’s cer­tainly been a chal­lenge to cre­ate rugby-re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties in the cur­rent en­vi­ron­ment and to keep the play­ers in­ter­ested with no games in sight.

“But that chal­lenge has sparked the hunger in me again and it’s made it dou­bly ful­fill­ing to get the pos­i­tive feed­back and ob­vi­ous en­joy­ment from the play­ers.”

Last Satur­day proved a case in point as Avon held an in­ter­nal club touch rugby tour­na­ment, fol­low­ing the RFU guide­lines on Ready4rugb­y, when al­most 30 play­ers braved the rain and wind from Storm Alex to en­joy the touch rugby games – and all this de­spite be­ing un­able to have a shower af­ter­wards as the chang­ing rooms re­main closed due to the re­stric­tions!

Avon have been en­cour­aged that sev­eral new play­ers have joined the club, de­spite the ab­sence of nor­mal matches.

Th­ese in­clude: Ge­orge Jenk­ins, a former Cardiff Met and Welsh Stu­dents rugby league player who can play wing or cen­tre; Leo Fe­tiveau, a French 2nd row for­ward from Saint Yrieix; Yerv Ago­b­iani, a flanker from Devon who has pre­vi­ously been a 7s spe­cial­ist but has now moved to Bath; Nick Rud­del, who can play any­where across the back­line and was pre­vi­ously at Hart­pury Col­lege as part of the Glouces­ter Acad­emy be­fore a se­ri­ous knee in­jury cut short his po­ten­tial pro­fes­sional ca­reer.

Train­ing ses­sions con­tinue to take place at Hicks Field off the Lon­don Road at Bath­eas­ton on Tues­days and Thurs­days from 7pm. More in­for­ma­tion from skip­per Kane Book on 07817 220418.

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Avon Rugby Club cap­tain Kane Book

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