Honiton rugby president hails community as club prepare for Twickenham trip

PUBLISHED: 08:55 01 May 2019 | UPDATED: 09:11 03 May 2019

Honiton RFC president David 'Stopper' Todd helps out in the kitchen at the Allhallows ground back in 2015. Ref mhh 6771-47-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Honiton RFC president David 'Stopper' Todd helps out in the kitchen at the Allhallows ground back in 2015. Ref mhh 6771-47-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

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The president of Honiton Rugby Club described the club's upcoming trip to Twickenham as the pinnacle of rugby life in the town, writes Sam Cooper.

David Todd, affectionately known as 'stopper', first came to Honiton in 1970 and having played rugby at school, he got back involved when the captain of the local club invited him along.

He said: “When I moved to Honiton I met a chap who was the captain of the club and he only had one arm! He encouraged me to take rugby back up and I've been there ever since.

“I wouldn't be without it, I love Honiton. I moved up here from Exeter with my work and I had the chance to move back to Exeter but I didn't because I love everyone here. I love the town, the community and the rugby club has been my second home.”

When asked what his emotions would be seeing his team run out at the home of English rugby, he said: “Pride. Pride for Honiton, for them, for the town. That's my dominant feeling, just complete pride. We're on a crest of a wave. That's going to be the pinnacle, the culmination of rugby life for Honiton. That's the biggest thing that Honiton has seen I think.”

He described this season, in which they have won the Devon Intermediate Shield, sit top of the league and have a place in the final of the RFU Senior Vase as the best in the club's history.

He said: “We've got a fantastic team, better than I've ever played in or been involved with. Everything has come together this season with all the people that we've got involved with the club.

“Nathan [Hannay, first team coach] has been the driving force behind the latest success of the club. He's brought in coaches and other good experienced professional people have got involved to help the club run on a more professional basis.”

After the final, David said he hopes to help keep the junior sides alive. He said: “We want to keep our junior side going because they're the ones that feed the seniors. They're the heart of the club really. The part of the club that keeps the seniors going.

“We do struggle sometimes to field all the teams in all the age groups. That's one of the things we strive to achieve, a good, strong junior section.”

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