Honiton RFC celebrate 125 years of rugby

PUBLISHED: 10:00 03 July 2008 | UPDATED: 22:00 15 June 2010

Honiton Rugby Club have kicked off their pre-season training at the start of their 125th year.

Tonight Honiton Rugby Club kick off their pre-season training at the start of their 125th year. Having had a pretty torrid season last term, Honiton hope to bounce back in style and celebrate what is a pretty impressive mile stone for the sport in the town. Summer training has gone extremely well and players are enjoying the new strict regime which has been put in place by new head coach Alex Bralsford. There is a clear intent to have the players fitter and more organised with discipline as the number one priority. The players have voted in Josh Rice as the new captain and, despite him being the youngest player ever to undertake this difficult role, he is keen to put Honiton on the map as a town that plays good attractive rugby. His vice captain is Chris Sampson and in charge of the seconds is old head Dave McGrath with Ian Floyd as his vice captain. Their role is to nurture the growing youth element amongst his experienced players so they are ready for first team action when called upon. The Colts' set-up has also been revamped with Jerry Rice and Mick Huskins joining Guy Bosence and Andy Munt as the coaching team. Their training also starts tonight.In this 125th year its also very pleasing to report that the junior section now boast teams at every level from U7 up to U16 and youth training will commence in early August. Boys and girls wishing to start can be assured of a warm welcome and, if any one is interested in joining this growing band of players, call Juniors' chairman Garath Keep on 07970 825648 for more information.There are several celebrations planned for the year, starting with a fete on August 16, which will include a game of rugby played in costumes of the day and under the original rules which are apparently very complicated. There will be a visit from French side Aigrefeuille in late August and a celebration dinner for ex-players in January. Finally, at the end of the season, the junior committee will be planning mini tournaments. The future for the club looks bright and for anyone interested in playing just turn up on Wednesdays as all standards are catered for. l If anyone would also like to get involved with sponsoring any of the teams or the club or maybe just wants to help, they should give Chairman Gordon Lee a call on (01404) 44443 for more details.

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