Oswestry Rugby Club has recently welcomed Sam Warburton as guest of honour at their annual Sportsman’s Dinner.

Sam met with several of Oswestry Rugby Clubs younger members before going on to entertain a room full of club members, sponsors and supporters. Sam, who has recently retired from an outstanding career with 74 caps, and his biggest achievements being captain for Wales on 60 occasions and captaining the British & Irish Lions on two separate tours, spoke of his dedication to Wales, despite having an English father, and his number of injuries from putting his body on the line time and time again for his country.

Oswestry Rugby Club is extremely proud of one of their U-18’s Girls who, the same weekend as Sam Warburton visited the club, achieved her first cap for England. Abi Kershaw played at Preston Grasshoppers against Scotland. Hopefully this will be the start of successful career and the club wish her all the best for the rest of the season.

Abi’s success is the result of a lot of hard work and dedication from both players and coaches alike, and many of the other girls in the club have gained county and regional recognition with Heidi and Kim playing for the North Midlands U-15’s and Meg, Rona, Ffion, Theo, Kim, Jess and Abi playing for the North Midlands U-18’s.

The senior ladies’ side is continuing to grow in numbers and ability and are entering a league next season. They are constantly looking for ‘new Blood’ so anyone who is looking to get involved come down on a Monday night at 7pm or contact the club through the Facebook site.

Oswestry Rugby Club are hoping to enter their Girls Under 18’s in the Paris World Games this July, they will be looking to bolster their squad by inviting other clubs in the area to come along and attend trials, details are yet to be finalised but when they are it will be advertised on their Facebook page, so anyone interested keep an eye out for dates.

Sundays, at Oswestry Rugby Club, are about or Mini’s & Junior’s. With over 250 Mini & Junior members, we have one of the largest Youth Sections in the county.  Children train or play games every Sunday, with some of the older groups also training mid-week. They have representatives, at nearly every age grade, in the Shropshire and North Midlands squads and several players making it into the Worcester Warriors Academy and one Under 16 making the Welsh Exiles side.

The success of the club doesn’t end there, they have recently completed some much-needed work in the clubhouse, which has boosted their social events which normally end up being days to remember and nights that can’t be remembered!

This year the club are proud to hosting the GREAT GATSBY Club Ball which is promising to be an amazing night with a live band, vodka luge and a rodeo sheep.

Finally, the seniors have struggled through a difficult start to the season but there is a very positive atmosphere at training on a Tuesday and Thursday nights following several recent wins for both our 1st’s and 2nd’s.

The Clubs final mention goes out to their Mighty Bold Eagles (Vets – over 35’s) who have taken to the field several time this year, unfortunately they don’t have any more fixtures this season but are hopeful to have a more extensive fixture list next season. Again, everyone is welcome top come down and get involved.