West Norfolk RUFC have begun their 90th year, a season that also starts with England hosting the Rugby World Cup (RWC).
After winning the Eastern Counties title, West narrowly missed promotion in London 3 North East for a second year running. Last term they scored 78 points more than the champions, conceded the fewest points and were awarded 20 bonus points, more than any other team.
With development of coaching staff and player recruitment they intend to keep this form going. New head coach is Lee Parry and club captain is Jamie Williamson.
West Norfolk is one of a limited number of clubs selected by the RFU to promote the RWC, and are televising several games.
West were one of 41 clubs in the country awarded grants by NatWest to improve their facilities, while also taking part in the RFU’s “Return to Rugby” initiative.
West continue to work with Leicester Tigers and are the only club in Norfolk to host their Development Player Programme which provides structured coaching for new and existing players aged between 13 and 16.
WNRUFC chairman Steve Smith expressed thanks to principal sponsor Adrian Flux Insurance, along with other main sponsors BMW, Trundley Design and It’s On The Ball, who are a testicular cancer charity.
West have reintroduced ladies rugby which started on Wednesday. The mini and youth section train on Sunday mornings for ages ranging from 5 to 17.
Lunches are available as follows (date, opponent, match sponsor): September 19, Southwold, Hayley East Anglia; November 14, Lowestoft and Yarmouth, BMW; November 21, Harlow, Swan Hotel, Downham/SB Agriculture; December 12, Upminster, Malletts Solicitors/SCL Interiors; January 9, Old Cooperians, R&L Engineering/It’s On The Ball; January 23, Epping/Upper Clapton, Trundley Design; February 13, Beccles, Swan Hotel, Downham/Buildbase; March 19, Wanstead, Brown & Co; April 16, Old Brentwoods, former players lunch.
Places are limited (at £20 each) for the presidents lunches. To book contact Mark Ballman at email@example.com
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