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So,

for

exomple we

still

hove

boys

in Yeor

I

I

who

will

ploy

tog in o

contoct gome.

We differentiote

with different coloured bibs."

Bill

Willioms

from

Burford

School tokes

the

view

thot

tog

rugby

is

useful os troining

for

the

gome but

thot

full

contoct

is the

ultimote

oim:

"The contoct

is

whot

mokes rugby

whot

it

is

ond

it's the

full

contoct

thot

the

boys

wont ond

which

mointoins

their

enthusiosm."

Andrew

Stonley

from

Deon

Close

School

soys,

"There

is

room

for

both

tog

ond contcct

rugby.

Tog

rugby is very

enjoyoble

for

children

but

olso

for

mony

odults.

lt

is

o

greot introduction

to

the

spod,

ollowing

firm

foundotions

ond

guidelines to

be put

in

ploce

before

ony contoct is

introduced.

Progressing

to

full

contoct

rugby

is

both

chollenging

ond

exciting

for

pupils,

os

it

is

o fost

poced

ond

highly technicol version

of the

gome,

with

o

greot

responsibility

to

both teom

motes

ond opponents."

Rugby sevens provides

o

foster

gome,

using

seven ployers

in

seven

minute

holves

(os

opposed

to

15 ployers ploying

40 minute

holves).

Tim

Knopp

ot

Drogon

School

exploins, "While the

full

code of

the

gome

ploces

on

emphosis

on

phoses

of

ploy,

:etention

of

possession

ond

recycling

the

boll,

ievens

is

oll

obout

poce

ond floir. With more

spcce

o

run ond

gops

to

find,

ployers

hove

the

chonce

to

breok

the

opposition

line ond goin

ground

for

nore regulorly:

it's the

forwords

ond

the

men ot the

breokdown who

win

o

l5-o-side gome, but

7-o-side

is

o

gome

for the

bocks."

Sibford School

hos

been

holding

on

onnuol

Rugby

Sevens

tournoment

for

l9

yeors. Originolly

o

one doy event,

it

now runs

over

two

weeks ond

feotures

the

Oxfordshire leg

of

the

Elite

lnsuronce

Sevens

Series.

For

the

lost

two

seosons.

The

Cotswold

School

Ul3

boys

hove

been

the

regionol

winners. Sibford's Richord

Ferley believes thot

sevens

is

o greot

woy

to

ploy higher

closs

rugby

os

it

is

for

eosier

to

get

seven

high

level

ployers

thon

it

is

to get

15,

especiolly

ot o

school

like

Sibford

which is

relotively

smoll.

lt

is olso more

physicolly

chollenging with fewer

ployers

ond

o

foster

poce.

The

success

of the

Englond Women's

teom

winning

the

World

Cup

hos

seen

more girls becoming

interested

in the

gome

too,

with

Women's

Rugby

one

of

the

fostest growing sports. ,Although

some

schools

struggle

with

finding

the

numbers within

o

porticulor

oge

rcnge

to

moke

up

o

girls'

teom,

mony school

ore embrocing this

interest.

At

Beoudesert

Pork

School

there's

much

excitement,

os

Neil

Crossley soys:

"We've

recently

storted

cooching girls

in

rugby

for the first

time.

One of our

keenest

rugby

ploying teochers decided

to

triol girls'

rugby

os

on

extro-curriculor

octivity.

30

girls

signed

up

stroight

owoy

ond

now

it's

on

the

sports

timetoble.

We've even

got

o

couple of

:)

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NOVEMBER

l6

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