Fantastic festival curtesy of The Royal Arsenal Rugby Blitz

Eight teams representing Rugby World Cup countries and Wooden Spoon Kent competed in a Tag Rugby Festival on Blackheath Common, which, in 1881, was the site of the historical first rugby international between England and Wales.

The Blitz was organised by the recently created Royal Arsenal Tag Rugby Club, supporting Wooden Spoon Kent. The club has been set up by a group of Royal Arsenal residents and they play every Sunday at 10am in Wellington Park on the Royal Arsenal estate. The competition saw the Wooden Spoon Kent team sneak a win in the final, following which supporters and players congregated in The Princess of Wales public house, which similarly featured in the 1881 international.

The excellent weather conditions were conducive to a pitch side auction of gifts donated by members and sponsors, and the days’ events raised over £1,500 for the charity. RATRC kindly presented the donation, gratefully received by Wooden Spoon Ambassador Lee Mears and volunteer Richard Russ.

We would like to thank everyone for the tremendous effort put in to make the Festival such a success with special mentions for John Gavin, Errol Slater and Ros Russell.

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