Rugby rivals unite for tour of Norfolk’s clubs

WHILE British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland and All Blacks boss Steve Hansen continue their war of words in New Zealand, Norfolk clubs are doing their utmost to demonstrate that rugby union can be a somewhat friendlier affair in the northern hemisphere. 

Setting aside any on-pitch differences, members of the county’s rival clubs will sit saddle-to-saddle with each other for three days later this year in a bid to raise a significant sum for the children’s charity of rugby.

Wooden Spoon Eastern Counties’ Club Together bike ride will take place from September 8-10th and is expected to see an anticipated 100-strong peloton complete a 320-mile tour of Norfolk’s 11 senior rugby clubs.

Event organiser Mark Loveday, a long-standing Wooden Spoon supporter, said: “We realised that Norfolk is a really big county geographically and although it has a real rugby heartbeat, its clubs are disparate and very tribal.

“So we thought, okay, if we can raise some real money and bring these clubs together with a common focus and at the same time promote a healthy lifestyle and positive way of thinking, then we will have achieved something really special in 2017.”

To sign up for the Club Together ride or to sponsor those taking part visit