Castleford RUFC Mixed Ability and Leeds Hunters competed in an inclusive rugby game last Saturday which saw the Hunters run out 55-5 winners.
The match was competitive from the outset, played in the best spirit and the standard of rugby was very good. The relative inexperience of the Castleford MA side told in the end as the Hunters managed to recycle the ball more effectively and their greater possession led to a deserved victory.
In the end the score did not matter, as the match brought new players to the game. There were players who have never played rugby union before, players who have not played for decades, players from both rugby codes and players with learning difficulties in a truly inclusive game of rugby.
The Castleford MA side is made up of players from their inclusive rugby sessions along with members of the Castleford Tigers’ “Give us a try-manage your weight” men’s weight management programme in what was the first rugby union game many of the side had played.
Leeds Hunters, meanwhile, have certainly overcome many barriers since they launched in November 2016 as the new inclusive rugby team for Yorkshire. Based in Leeds, the club welcomes all gay, bisexual and straight men to their team. They were joined by a number of Garforth RUFC players for the game to good effect.
The Castleford RUFC MA Inclusive Rugby sessions take place at the club every Thursday from 2:00 to 3:30. For more details contact Steve Ball on 07707927090 or by email.