Open day for future stars

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As one World Cup has drawn to a close with yet another failure from the England team we can now start to all look forward to the Rugby World Cup in 2015 being held in England with games as close as Stadium MK.

In the last 24 years England have played in every World Cup, reaching three finals and winning one in 2003.

Many of today’s England rugby stars started playing rugby at their local club when they were as young as six but some did not start until they were in their teenage years.

Leighton Buzzard Rugby Club has already been represented at England level with George Messum captaining England students last season and ex-Vandyke pupil Henry Peck representing England U16 age group before taking up a rugby scholarship at Millfield School in Somerset, one of the powerhouses of schools rugby.

2015 will be too soon for anyone taking up the game today but it is never too late to start working towards the dream of representing your country. Leighton Buzzard Rugby Club already has one of the strongest mini and junior sections in the East Midlands with more than 300 registered players between the ages of six and 18 but more players are always welcome!

With this in mind the club are holding their annual open day on Sunday, July 27 at the club on Stanbridge Road.

Children from all age groups are invited, free of charge, to come and take part in a ‘rugby Olympics’ with a number of fun events designed for enjoyment for everyone. Each age group winner will be given a prize and there will be a free t-shirt for all new ‘players’.

As well as the Olympic events the club is hoping to have current players from the Aviva Premiership teams of Saracens and champions Northampton Saints at the event. In addition there will be a BBQ , sweet stall and a bar serving refreshments throughout the day.

A club spokesman said: “Why not bring your son or daughter along at 11am to see if they would like to play rugby? Who knows you may have the next Johnny Wilkinson or Maggie Alphonsi in your family.”