Rugby: Memorial match to be played for cancer victim

Rugby: Memorial match to be played for cancer victim

Rugby: Memorial match to be played for cancer victim

First published in Sport

CHELMSFORD Rugby Football Club will be holding a memorial match on Saturday in memory of Robin Smylie, who died last month, after battling cancer.

Robin was a great supporter of Chelmsford through his playing years and after he retired.

The charity match also celebrates the life of Gary Brown who played for Chelmsford 1st XV for many years and Matthew Wadworth, a former club captain at Braintree who also died recently after suffering from cancer.

Both Robin and Matt were supported by hospices, so both clubs wish to raise monies for Farleigh Hospice.

On the day, there will be a round robin competition with a Chairman’s Invitational XV playing against the RFU Wooden Spoon XV and Braintree Vets.

The first game will kick off at 2pm with a presentation to Farleigh Hospice at 5.30pm, plus a raffle. There will be a hog roast BBQ throughout the afternoon. The event will go on into the evening with a live band from 6pm till late.

On Sunday, Chelmsford will celebrate its 38th Mini Rugby Festival, which is believed to be the oldest continuously held annual mini-rugby festival in England. It draws its players from clubs in both Essex and Hertfordshire and it is envisaged 600 children will take part.

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