Newcastle Ravens RFC have ended a spectacular season with a victory in the Union Cup Tournament which was held in Dublin over the weekend of 7 – 9 June. The Ravens are the only Inclusive Rugby Team in the North East and, as well as proud members of the Northumberland RFU, they are members of International Gay Rugby which now has 88 teams worldwide.
The Ravens beat Le Gaillard from Paris 31 – 5 in the final of the Union Plate Trophy to bring home the silverware to the North East. The final itself had its challenges as it was played on a 3G pitch and, due to rules governing French teams playing abroad, it also meant uncontested scrums. Ravens Chairman, Bob Waddell, said “it’s a fantastic end to an amazing season for the Club and due reward for all of the hard work by the coaches and players over the year”
The Union Cup Tournament is held every second year and is restricted to IGR Teams from Europe only and this year for the first time there was also a women’s tournament, with 6 teams of ladies competing for the Ann Louise Gilligan Cup. Over 50 teams competed over two packed days of great rugby in Dublin. The Cup final itself was refereed by Nigel Owens and was won by the Kings Cross Steelers from London who beat Manchester Village Spartans in the final.