Andy Thomson (Chairman of NRU) and Jim Coulson (Hon. Secretary of NRU) were both presented with their Rugby Europe Bronze Medals by Eddie Jones in recognition for their fantastic support of FER in the development of rugby in Spain. The presentation took place at a luncheon before the England v Italy game at St James Park, Newcastle on the 6th September 2019.
The work undertaken by Andy and Jim originated from the Unity Programme and Rugby World Cup 2015 legacy initiative, which involved 17 target nations, selected by IRB and Rugby Europe. These were countries, which could be described as developing rugby nations or areas outside of the traditional rugby heartlands, such as Belgium, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Denmark and Norway. As part of this initiative NRU worked closely with Spain, with their coaches, referees and senior management all providing advice, support and practical assistance where required, and they continue to nurture this relationship.
Well done Andy and Jim from everyone at Northumberland Rugby on receiving this prestigious award.