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Premier Rugby launch Touch Rugby programme

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Premier Rugby have announced that they have secured sponsorship from Gilbert Rugby and support from Sportsmatch to run 24 Touch Rugby festivals over the summer.

The festivals will culminate in finals at 11 of the Zurich Premiership clubs in September. Teams are able to win kit and equipment grants from Gilbert, the official ball supplier to England Rugby and Premier Rugby.

The one day festivals will be run at local rugby clubs and public places across the country including Mandela Park in Leicester and Tynemouth Beach in the North East. They are open to mixed sex adult teams and the emphasis is on the fun, social side of rugby.

Teams are restricted to three regular rugby players per squad of ten, thus encouraging new participants to the sport via the non-contact version of the game. The events are being run in conjunction with touchrugby.com who have pioneered the introduction of touch rugby to the UK.

Touch rugby is a non-contact version of rugby that is now played the world over. It is particularly popular in Australia and New Zealand with more registered touch players than the 15-a-side game.

The festivals date and venues are as follows:

Date Venue Premier Rugby Club
19.07.03 Cobham RFC, Surrey NEC Harlequins
20.07.03 Chinnor RFC, Thame, Oxon London Wasps
27.07.03 Phoenix RFC, Taplow, Bucks London Wasps
30.07.03 Huddersfield RFC, West Yorkshire Leeds Tykes
06.08.03 Burnage RFC, Manchester Sale Sharks
09.08.03 Bletchley RFC, Milton Keynes Northampton Saints
10.08.03 Clifton RFC, Bristol Bristol Shoguns
10.08.03 Twyford Avenue, Wasps London Wasps
13.08.03 Altrincham Kersal RFC, Cheshire Sale Sharks
16.08.03 Richmond RFC, West London NEC Harlequins
16.08.03 Brackley RFC, Northants Northampton Saints
17.08.03 Bristol Barbarians RFC Bristol Shoguns
24.08.03 Mandela Park, Leicester Leicester Tigers
24.08.03 Dinnington RFC, Sheffield Rotherham
24.08.03 Darlington Mowden Park, Co. Durham Newcastle Falcons
24.08.03 Roundheigans RFC, Leeds Leeds Tykes
30.08.03 The Stoop, Twickenham NEC Harlequins
31.08.03 Wath-Upon-Dearne RFC, South Yorkshire Rotherham
31.08.03 Tynemouth Beach, Tyne and Wear Newcastle Falcons
10.09.03 Redingensians, Reading, Berkshire London Irish
14.09.03 Ealing Trailfinders RFC, West London London Irish
T.B.C Old Albanians RFC, St Albans, Herts Saracens
T.B.C T.B.C Saracens

For further details please contact Mick Hogan on 07764 699645

To register at one of the festivals, please go to www.touchrugby.com

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