Posts Tagged ‘Touch Rugby’

It FINALLY happened. 

The long awaited day of charity rugby came around, on the 7th July 2012, and myself along with the Midlands chapter of #RugbyUnited were up and out early for a breakfast of champions (McDonalds breakfast wrap, brown sauce, extra hash brown….) before heading through the drizzle and ominous looking black clouds to Chosen Hill FP RFC and into the first charity event featuring #RugbyUnited.

I’ve covered the reasons behind the game in a previous blog, so won’t go back into it again, but the recipients of the fundraising were the Multiple Sclerosis society.

The turnout wasn’t as big as we hoped, but we had enough people to play 4 games of mixed touch rugby, the first 2 were 6 a side with 4 subs, and both won by Patriots, then we went to 10 a side for the other 2 games.

The bigger games seemed to suit team #RugbyUnited though, and we took wins in the last 2 games to make the final score 2-2!

The last game also saw potentially the GREATEST touch rugby try of all time. Patrick Keen, Stephen Parsons, Oli Parrett, you know which i mean!!! TOUCHDOWN! (nb, i took a call from Steve Walsh, he assured me the pass was backwards…..)

The weather, somewhat miraculously, stayed dry all day (except for a couple of spots in game 1!) and i even picked up a tanline, which is rare for me at the best of times!!!






I think i can speak on behalf of all the players when i say that it was hugely enjoyable and can’t wait til the newly renamed Pink Patriots will no doubt receive another challenge from RugbyUnited next year!

Rumour has it that we MAY have a second game lined up in the North West in a few weeks time, so keep eyes peeled for that. 

Got to do a few thank you’s now. 

First of all, we so far have raised £370 and we still have items to sell, so a huge thank you to EVERYONE that attended and put their hands in their pockets! Special mention to Gemma Fox (@Gemma_Fox) who travelled a helluva long way to come watch!!! 

Secondly, thank you to the food providers, Andy Jarrett from That Foodie place (@thatfoodieplace) and the people from Cupalicious (@cupaliciousglos) who provided some frankly delicious looking cakes!!!

Thirdly, Worcester, Gloucester, The RFU, RABO, Kukri, Westons Cider, Knights Accountants, Nottingham, Cotton Traders, PROPS,Bristol Rugby, Saracens, Plymouth Albion, Gilbert Rugby, Cornish Pirates,and the RFU for providing us with the raffle and auction prizes and special mentions to Lesley Toft at Cotton Traders for turning a no into a yes,  Raging Bull for providing the Patriots shirts and PROPS for lending us the kit for RugbyUnited!

To Andy Jarrett from MS Society, Freddy Whittaker from the Citizen and Sam Durham  from scrum five rugby for the various press we’ve been able to garner!

To Stephen Parsons for not only turning up to Ref/play, but for bringing along an Olympic torch that most of us were photographed with!

lastly, and this is where i’m BOUND to forget someone… to the people who gave up time to help out… to the various members of both teams!….here we go….

Rich Church Keen (thats me!), Anne Church Keen, Patrick Keen, Jo Spence, Ed Spence, Pip Howard(RugbyUniteds first ever try scorer), Sam Beale, Stephen Parsons, Nick Lewis, Rhys Lewis ,JP Corry, Jacko Corry, Dave Heywood,Oli Parrett(the winner of distance travelled contest and touchdown scorer!), Marc Moor, Sinead Byrne, Jess Yeates, James Hoddy, Emily Barrett, Adam Trigg, Trevor Large,Chris Hubbard, Joey Maley, Matt Moore, Fran Oliver, Adam Trigg, Rhys Lewis, George Porter, Adam Barnes,Daniel Irvine, Marc Riddel. James Howell, Hannah Barnes, Andy Jarrett

As i say, i’ve doubtlessly missed people, if i have, contact me, and i’ll edit. you all deserve your shout out!

Actually, the final shout out, and a MASSIVE thanks will be to our hosts at Chosen Hill former pupils RFC. The rain could’ve caused the club to cancel in aid of protecting their pitch, but they allowed us to play on and without that, we wouldn’t have raised a penny!!

I must admit that i felt very proud of everything and everyone on the day. There was no animosity, no tantrums, just banter, comradeship and great fun. Truly what rugby is about and especially in my eyes, what RugbyUnited is about. 

Next year. We will have more experience, more contacts, a bigger reputation and hopefully better weather to pull in more of a crowd!

I will leave the blog here, with a link to one of my fellow RugbyUnited bigwig Nick Lewis’s tries!

Thanks again! Until next time (a slightly aching) RC-K! xxx



I feel that the few blog readers that I have, have been with me throughout #RugbyUnited fledgling 6 months or so. But its almost time to take it off of the internet and make #RugbyUnited an entity in its own right, whilst still sticking to our principles (giving everyone a chance to participate, being fun and different, helping the disadvantaged etc).

Some twitter friends, and now fully fledged #RugbyUnited members, James Hoddy and Emily Barrett, approached us with the idea of a fundraiser for Multiple Sclerosis,more specifically, the Multiple Sclerosis Society,and we saw it as a chance to put ourselves out there and raise our profile, whilst helping a fantastic cause.

The fundraiser was decided as a day of touch rugby, its a chance for regular players, first timers, injured old men (otherwise known as me) to get together and have a run out. We originally (and quite coincidentally) decided the games would take place on the 10/6/12 (yes, today.) but due to a few issues, we postponed it to July 7th. This is great news for me, as it gives me a little longer to get back in game shape.

The event will take place at Chosen Hill rugby club in Gloucester and will involve Mens and Womens games (and we need players, should you be reading this and fancy a run ) as well as a pretty awesome raffle which contains the following prizes,

  • Signed Gloucester Rugby Ball
  • Signed England Rugby Ball
  • Signed Nottingham Rugby Shirt
  • Family Voucher for 10 seats to a Saracens Wembley Stadium Match
  • Two Tickets to a Bristol Rugby Match
  • Two Tickets to a Plymouth Albion Rugby Match
  • Cornish Pirates Book ‘Pirates Pirates!’
  • Signed Cotton Traders England shirt
  • Kukri Polo shirt
  • Family pass for Westons Cider Mill tour and tasting
  • NEWLY CONFIRMED!! Signed Cardiff Blues and Llanelli Scarlets shirts!

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(Further prize donations will be gratefully recieved as well!!)

I will be working this week so we can figure a way to do some online raffle ticket sales, so watch this space!!!

We are also awaiting confirmation of our intention to break a world record on the same day, I won’t give too much information away on this just yet, but its a pretty easy one to beat, in my opinion, so we want #RugbyUnited to SMASH it!!! (thats not a clue, by the way!)

If you are interested in coming along,even if its just to laugh at my feeble attempts to roll back 12 years and play rugby on 1 semi functioning knee, i will post the details on here, but they will also be on our website (, our forum (which is free to join! )  on our various Twitter pages ( @RichC_K @TrevorLarge @NickLewisno8 or search the #RUTeam hashtag!), we also have our very own Facebook group ( so PLEASE join us and help us in any way you can!

Its a great cause and we want to raise a lot of money and have a lot of fun, it will also be the first of many of these kinds of fundraisers, for various charities, nationwide, in fact, if Trevor gets his way, it’ll be WORLDWIDE!

Watch this space!!


Edited to add:-

Due to our prizes covering so many geographically varied rugby clubs, we would like to offer online raffle sales so that fans of the clubs can get involved. Unfortunately, we would need either a specific bank account or some kind of funding to pay for software or online hosting, which we don’t have.

The only way i can think of being able to do this would be if people sent us/me money for the tickets, i will then print your numbers on our forum and ensure the money ends up in the charity fund. Its not the ideal way to do this, but its the only feasible way i can see us being able to provide the opportunity for everyone to be involved. If you are interested in having the chance to win one of our prizes, email me ( and i will let you know my details.