Dale youngsters back playing rugby after year-long hiatus

Wensleydale and Wetherby players after Sunday's game. Photo: Peter Carr.

A Dales junior rugby team has launched a recruitment campaign after resuming competitive games following a year-long hiatus due to the pandemic.

Wensleydale RUFC U15s, a team made up of boys in school years nine and ten, played their first full-sized game on at home Sunday, losing out narrowly to Wetherby RUFC.

Like other sports, rugby has not been allowed for much of the last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Under RFU rules for the resumption of the sport following the sport, tackling was allowed, although scrums were not and line-outs were uncontested.

Lead coach Dave Loughlin said: “The lads did really well against a strong Wetherby team.

“They’ve not played contact rugby for over a year and there were some tired legs and a few carrying knocks by the end, but also a lot of smiles.

“We’ve got a small squad of 16 and would welcome new players who have maybe tried rugby before and are keen to get started again, or would like to give the sport a go for the first time.”

The squad trains on Friday evenings from 6.30pm to 7.30pm and on Sundays from 10am to 11.15am at Cawkill Park, near Leyburn.

If your son is interested in getting involved, contact lead coach Dave on 07436 272267.