Newmarket Rugby Club Absent Friends Day


Newmarket Rugby Club are holding a charity event on Sunday 30th May 2010

Newmarket will play a charity match against an Invitational XV coached by Rory Underwood. The day is a commemoration of those club members who have died during the past season and all profits from the day are to go to two charities. In memory of Pip Payne, half the money will to to The RFU Injured Players Foundaton and in memory of Robbie Hayes, half the money raised will go to the Royal Anglian Regimental Benevolent Fund. Please come and support the day, there is a BBQ, Beer Tent, Rodeo Bull and many more attractions, gates open at 12.30pm and the day concludes with live music from local band Meta 4.

Pte Hayes had been a keen member of Newmarket Rugby Club for several years and club chairman, Neil Richardson, said: "Rob, who joined as a youth member, was a very popular and talented player for the club whose enthusiasm for the game of rugby union was only exceeded by his desire to be a soldier and serve his country.

"Whenever he was home on leave he made himself available to play and was happy to play for any of the teams, often adding a dash of youth and his unique talent to help out the veterans side if they were struggling for numbers.

"His last game for Newmarket was in December shortly before his departure for Afghanistan. He will be greatly missed around the club and the thoughts of all of us are with his family."
I have rounded up some Army and Corps players for the day to add to the invitational side so it sould be a good show. I have also emailed and FB all members of the Royal Anglian memorial rugby Gp and the Pompadours site to let them know there is a 'parade' that requires their attention!!
Over £3,000 raised, apparently. Half going to the Royal Anglian Benevolent Fund, so good going.

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