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Bishop's Stortford hold intra-club touch rugby tournament at Silver Leys hours before announcement of new national lockdown in England

A piece of perfectly-timed scheduling meant there was some long-awaited rugby action at Silver Leys on Saturday – just hours before the new national lockdown was announced.

Members of all five Bishop's Stortford men's senior sides, touch teams and women's team got to blow off some steam in an intra-club touch rugby tournament.

The players were split into eight teams and, despite the bad weather, enjoyed a brief return to competitive action the day after the RFU had announced the cancellation of the National League One season .

Two finals were held at the end of the day with the team called Rule of Six, led by first-team winger Nick Hankin, being crowned the overall champions.

"The weather was pretty grim, but we had about 70 members of the club all mixed up into even teams and played a round-robin competition with a couple of finals and a wooden spoon given out," said joint head coach Marcus Cattell.

"It wasn't full-blown rugby, but it was the sort of competition everyone enjoys. There was a good atmosphere and everyone had fun.

"It was good to get everyone involved up at the club again and it was good timing just before the new lockdown was announced.

"A lot of people then stayed behind to watch the England-Italy game in the clubhouse."

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