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College rugby team to play in front of thousands

One of the largest colleges in the UK has won a coveted spot to play rugby in front of 65,000 people at an England v Argentina international.

SEEVIC College will tomorrow play the “curtain raiser” match in the sell out international rugby match between England and Argentina, having beaten off all other colleges in the east of England.

The team won the coveted place after a final knock out stage that saw them battle tough conditions to beat out Hertford College 1 try to nil.

Dave Harries, sports lecturer and one of the SEEVIC team coaches said: “This is a great opportunity, especially because this is our second team, not our first. They”ve made tremendous progress in the first ten weeks of term and we”ve really been impressed with the lads” attitude; they truly deserved to win”.

The SEEVIC team will also get to act as the Guard of Honour for the England team by escorting them out onto the pitch while carrying the England flag. They will also be called to the centre of the pitch during half time to receive individual medals and a winner’s trophy from Robert Horner, president of the Rugby Football Union (RFU).

SEEVIC College is one of the few colleges to have a specialist RFU appointed rugby academy. The RFU helps fund specialist coaching with monthly visits from top international players like Saracen’s captain Chris Chesney who visited the college last month.

This inter-college event was organised by the RFU to help raise the profile of rugby in colleges.

Irene Watt.

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