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Ten is a perfect fit for new tier of local game

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A NEW competition begins at the end of the month aiming to fill a gap in the local rugby market.

The driving forces behind the new Rabeys Rugby 10s competition at the KGV: (left to right) Jeff Guilbert, John Waterman and Steve de Jersey. Paul Mason was unavailable for the picture. (Picture by Adrian Miller, 22392700)

The Rabeys Rugby 10s will see five teams battle it out at the KGV throughout the season as the social player becomes catered for.

‘There was a gap in the playing spectrum from the Colts to Vikings and Raiders. Unless you wanted to train twice a week, there was nothing for you,’ said Jeff Guilbert, one of the driving forces behind the new venture.

‘This is a 10-a-side social league for people who cannot commit to training but who would still like a game a rugby.’

Guilbert and Steve de Jersey have taken on the role of liaisons for the Rugby 10s, which will be run by the management team of John Waterman and Paul Mason.

‘We’ve effectively been missing that tier of social rugby,’ de Jersey added.

‘The aim is to reinvent the third tier of rugby, which is a social tier, and that naturally creates a feeder for the Vikings then on to the Raiders.

‘It is an opportunity for those who might not have played rugby before to get involved or for someone who has perhaps been playing touch and wants to have a go at the union game.’

  • More in Wednesday's Guernsey Press.

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