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Guisborough RUFC enjoy Perth experience

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Led by Richard Clark who became one of the most popular men in Yorkshire when he won his rugby team, Guisborough RUFC,  a trip to Australia courtesy of Zurich, sponsor of the English Premiership and sponsor of the England Team in Australia 2003.  The prize included playing Palmyra, a local side in Perth, following a coaching session with England Head Coach Clive Woodward. Set on the banks of the Margaret River, Palmyra turned out to play Guisborough on the eve of England's first pool game against Georgia. With the pitch hard and dry it promised to be a fast game with the Guisborough boys looking to continue their unbeaten run of the 2003-04 season. With Australian Rugby Union in close season the side that turned out to take on the Yorkshiremen was more of a social side with the emphasis on fun play and social rugby. The Palmyra or Pally to the locals, side boasted 'the legend' that was the 65 year old prop, Gary Mickle, who has played over 500 first grade games in Australia. After a scrappy first half where Guisborough must have been distracted by the views of Perth City as the backdrop of the evening, in the second half the Yorkshire side began to find the flowing rugby normally associated with the side.  Within 10 minutes of the second half underway, Brain Marsey tap-danced over the line to score the first try of the match for the visitors. However, 'Pally' came back with an almost instant response try which was swiftly followed up by a try from their young fullback with a classic kick and catch over the line. Richard 'Preggers' Clark responded with a try of his own to bring the scores level, and in the dying moments of the game, Chris Rye scored to ensure that not only the touring record remained in tact but that the team returned home unbeaten this season.

Richard Clark won a trip for 22 members of his rugby club to Perth, Australia courtesy of Zurich, sponsor of the England Team in Australia 2003, via a competition in the Daily Mail.

It included return flights and transfers to Perth, accommodation, spending money, a welcome dinner, a new set of kit for the club and a training session with Clive Woodward as well as the game against local side Palmyra.


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