Junior rugby

Mighty Spalding rugby boys nominated for Pride sports awards

The practically unbeatable Spalding Rugby Club U12 team has been nominated for the Community Sports Group prize in the Pride awards. Last season the team won four tournaments and lost only one game. The nomination states: “Spalding Rugby Club’s U12 team is made up of boys from all around South Holland, with fantastic support from their keen as mustard parents. ...

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Spalding RFC youngsters relish fantastic opportunity at Welford Road

Lucky young guns from Spalding RFC shared a matchday with ten-time English champions Leicester Tigers on Saturday as they made up the guard of honour to welcome the teams at Welford Road. Tigers secured a bonus-point win against Sale Sharks in the final home game of the Aviva Premiership season as Spalding were given the opportunity to follow in the ...

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Spalding RFC young guns end Nottingham hoodoo to lift NLD Cup in fine style

The talented teens from Spalding RFC under-15s have completed a six-year journey by being crowned NLD Cup winners. Having reached the final of the competition for the third year on the spin, the Spalding lads finally defeated arch rivals Nottingham – who had beaten them in the previous two finals – 27-5 to clinch the crown. With the game less ...

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Talented Spalding RFC juniors impress with four wins at Holt festival

Spalding RFC’s under-11s gave a great account of themselves as they travelled to the annual Kingswood festival held at Holt RFC in Norfolk. The festival is held over two weekends, with a total of 175 teams representing 30 rugby clubs from around the country – and it is estimated that over 2,000 children aged between six and 12 were playing ...

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Spalding RFC starlets book a Twickenham trip after Landrover Cup glory

The talented young guns from Spalding RFC under-12s have booked a dream trip to Twickenham after winning the coveted Aviva Premiership Landrover Cup at Oakham Rugby Club on Sunday. Their prize for winning the tournament is a trip to the home of rugby for the entire under-12 squad – and they will get to play during half time at the ...

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Physical Lincoln side prove too strong for Spalding RFC teens in Lincs Cup final

The talented teens from Spalding RFC under-17s were unable to end their season in style as they were beaten 12-0 in the Lincs Cup final by Lincoln under-17s. Earlier in the season, Spalding had beaten the same opposition by a healthy margin – but Lincoln had learned their lesson and kept the ball away from the dangerous Town backline with ...

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One Hull of a showing from Spalding RFC teens at colts sevens festival

Spalding RFC’s under-17s travelled to Hull on Easter Sunday to take part in the inaugural colts sevens festival – and gave a very good account of themselves. With 12 strong sides taking part, it was inevitable that Spalding would get a tough championship group – and so it proved, with Driffield, Leigh Lions and Selby the opponents. Spalding, usually slow ...

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In-form Spalding RFC teens enjoy big victory over Barbarians in Lincolnshire Cup

A near-flawless showing from Spalding RFC under-17s saw them defeat the Boston/Kesteven Barbarians under-17s 34-0 in the Lincolnshire Cup. There was a sporting gesture from the Barbarians before the match, as they agreed to a 12-a-side game before kick-off – with the Town squad decimated by injury. A trademark Chris Emery set up try number one, as he was felled ...

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England Counties under-18 call awaits top Spalding RFC teen Adam

Teenage Spalding RFC talent Adam Castle is waiting to discover if he’s earned an England Counties under-18 call-up after impressing while representing the Midlands. Castle was selected for the Midlands under-18 side after a successful season playing for the Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire under-18s team. He had two trials during December and January, where Midlands selectors narrowed down over 60 players ...

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Skipper Sam believes four more wins should see Spalding RFC safe from drop

Sam Cooke reckons that four wins from Spalding RFC’s final seven games should see them avoid the dreaded drop from Midlands Two East (North). The skipper was talking after seeing his side earn their first away victory of the campaign at Nottingham Casuals on Saturday  – a result that saw them climb out of the drop zone for the first ...

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Spalding RFC’s top teens earn hard-fought win over Peterborough Colts

Spalding RFC under-17s prepared for their NLD qualifier against Boston under-17/18s with a hard-fought 12-5 friendly against Peterborough Colts. It was the Colts who started the stronger but, against the run of play, Spalding were first on the scoresheet. Full-back Adam Castle fly hacked through and winger Ciaran Thompson, at full pelt, put his football skills to action to kick ...

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Newly-formed Baa Baa’s aim to boost girls’ rugby in Lincolnshire

By Sarah Charlotte Drew For years, coaches and clubs have been scratching their heads looking for the answer in how to increase girls’ participation in rugby. Lincolnshire teams have struggled to get full teams or even enough numbers to make training sessions worthwhile. Newly-created “hub”, the Lincs Baa Baa’s, could hold the answer. The Lincs Baa Baa’s will be an ...

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Talented teens help put Spalding RFC on the map

Spalding RFC’s talented under-16 side gave a great account of themselves at the annual youth rugby festival in Bournemouth. Town’s teens were in a group with Bournemouth, Kent county champions Sidcup and Windsor in what was a round robin style tournament. First up was a showdown with Windsor, a game played amid driving rain and gusty winds. In the dire ...

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Four Castle tries in big win for Spalding RFC under-16s

Spalding RFC under-16s roared to a dominant 50-17 success at Scunthorpe under-16s on Sunday. The first half proved very scrappy, but Town’s teens went ahead when a scrum won against the head saw Hal Whyatt pick up and find Mark Hendy, who took the pass to squeeze into the corner. Adam Castle converted superbly. However, some paper thin tackling by ...

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Epic effort steers Spalding Grammar to county rugby crown

Spalding Grammar School’s under-12 team are county kings after winning the Lincolnshire 12-a-side tournament. One of 12 teams at the competition, Spalding (SGS) were drawn in Pool A – and progressed relatively comfortably. Victories against Havelock, Priory LSST and Cordeaux all built momentum, with the biggest challenge of the group a pointless draw against QEHS. The final pool game required ...

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The future looks very bright at Spalding RFC

A host of Spalding RFC’s future stars were in action on Sunday as five of the club’s junior teams took on sides from Sleaford at Tyrrell’s Yard. Town’s under-7s, under-8s, under-9s, under-10s and under-12s were all doing battle, with great performances produced across the board. Spalding’s under-9s continue to dominate their age group and produced another cracking display. So far ...

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Top team show from Spalding RFC’s talented teens

Spalding RFC’s under-16s stormed to an impressive 39-0 victory over Kesteven under-16s at the weekend. Tom Birdseye led by example as Town faced the wind in the first half, stealing two line-outs in succession and a powerful forward drive took play up to five metres from the posts. Quick ball was then supplied and an accurate flat pass from James ...

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Spalding Grammar School rugby duo race into county finals

Two rugby teams from Spalding Grammar School brilliantly booked their places in county finals last week. The school’s under-14 and under-16 sides emerged victorious in Lincolnshire League semi-finals against the same opposition – Sleaford’s Carres Grammar School. The under-14s started strongly with Henry Hoyles, playing at number eight, leading the defensive line with some very strong and accurate tackling. It ...

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Chief salutes Spalding Grammar lads despite Vase exit

Spalding Grammar School’s top under-18s rugby team saw their fantastic run in the NatWest National Vase competition come to a crushing end at the hands of King Edward VI Aston School. The strong and very well-drilled Birmingham-based side eventually overpowered the Spalding boys 52-5 in the regional final. Although the Grammar were missing a few players, Aston never let them ...

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RUGBY: Spalding RFC Under-16s win well against Derby in NLD Cup

Spalding RFC Under-16s had a superb 57-12 win over Derby on Sunday in round three of the NLD Cup group matches. Spalding racked up a 38-7 lead at half-time and ran in three further tries in the second half. A team spokesman said: “A convincing scoreline and some excellent combination and support play should give some confidence after what has ...

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