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Mansfield 02 Touch Team Grace HQ

Last Updated: Apr 22, 2015 10:26am
Oak Tree, Mansfield
By Andy Foster
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Mansfield Rugby Club O2 Touch Players Grace the Hallowed Turf of Twickenham


When Mansfield Rugby Club became an O2 Touchbase Centre in November 2014 they never dreamed that in their first season they would be playing at Twickenham. Since O2 touch was launched at the club the popularity of the non-contact version has risen rapidly. A modest start with just 6 players turning up for the first session has now grown to over 50 registered players. Responsible for O2 Touch at the club is husband and wife team Pete and Lisa Hutchinson, Pete commented, “It’s been a fantastic response so far and the numbers are growing all the time. We are keen to grow the section over the coming months and include all levels of ability for anyone over 14 years of age. Touch rugby is a great way of introducing people to rugby and to what the club is all about”.

Each month all O2 Touch clubs throughout the country are entered into a league table of performance and Mansfield has enjoyed great success. O2 Touch at Mansfield Rugby Club has only been entered for the last 3 months and won each month! Prizes have included a pallet of soft drinks which was shared throughout the club and a full England rugby strip.

The best achievement so far came last month when O2 Touch at Mansfield won the opportunity to take a team to Twickenham to play in a touch rugby festival on the hallowed turf of HQ.

After a great day of touch rugby, plenty of refreshments and an experience of a life time, all players were invited to the club lounge at Twickenham to take part in a question and answer session with England scrum-half Danny Care. Danny is an ambassador and supporter of O2 Touch and explained how vital touch rugby was in his own training. The day was finished off by a group sing along led by Danny where he graciously performed his first England cap song ‘Lean on me’.

O2 Touch at Mansfield Rugby Club has now been invited to attend a nationwide festival this summer which is being supported and lead by Former England Fly-Half Jonny Wilkinson, OBE.  

If you are interested in joining in the fun at O2 Touch at Mansfield Rugby Club then please contact Lisa Hutchinson on 07878 835356. You can also email: lisahutchinsonuk@gmail.com plus you can follow us on Twitter using @O2touch_MRUFC and Facebook by searching for Mansfield O2 Touch. Alternatively ask at the club for more details.

Photo: Players from O2 Touch at Mansfield Rugby Club met for pictures and Q&A with England scrum-half Danny Care.

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