Academy RFC Mini section from Mallusk will be representing Ulster in the prestigious Rodez Top 12 Mini Rugby Tournament in the Aveyron region of South West France from 3-6 October. A squad of 20 under 12 boys and 6 coaches along with a vociferous 30 strong Fan Club of parents and friends will be travelling to the tournament.
Philip Ingram, Mini Rugby Convenor at Academy stated ” This is the 9th year running that Academy will have participated in this prestigious tournament and this says a lot for our performances and how the boys have conducted themselves at past tournaments. It is a fabulous way for our boys and coaches to complete their 5 year mini rugby journey with Academy RFC. Most of the boys will now go on to play school rugby and we wish them well and hope they will come back to Academy to play their senior rugby after school”
“We are very fortunate to have been invited to the International Tournoi Benjamin Rodez 2014 and are Ulster’s only representative at the tournament. 12 nations will be represented with teams coming from as far as Argentina and South Africa. The European Heineken Cup giants such as Toulon, Clermont Auvergne and Toulouse will all be attending so it is a fantastic opportunity for the 19 boys from North Belfast and Newtownabbey to play against the best that Europe has to offer. Not only will the boys enjoy the trip but it will be beneficial to them both in terms of rugby and culturally“
“We’d like to thank Osborne King as our main shirt sponsor, Brett Martin, Farset International Hotel and Conference Facility and Esportif Sport Management for sporting local community sport in this way. Without our sponsors these sorts of opportunities would not be available.”
Photo: Back row left to right Richard McCaig (Coach) Gareth Howell (Osborne King) Gareth Davis (Coach) Front Row Noah Davis & Tom Davis (Players)
Academy RFC Mini Rugby takes place every Saturday morning 915am to 1030am at BRA School Playing Fields, Roughfort. Boys and girls from P1-P7 welcome.
The Top 12 is the biggest tournament of its kind in France, well known for the high rugby level as well as the fantastic international atmosphere between the participants and fan clubs from around the world.
In 2013 Rodez welcomed 40 teams, 12 of which are international, from major rugby playing nations such as South Africa, Wales, England and Argentina. 800 players had the immense joy of taking up the challenge during the Big Week End Top 12.
Top 12 Facts
– 13 nations
– 28 French teams
– 12 teams from the Top 14 – French Premier League
– 40 teams – 800 players
– More than 300 international sports staff
– More than 5000 spectators during the Big Week End Top 12