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Newent Rugby Club given spectacular Twickenham send off ahead of Senior Vase final

By The Citizen  |  Posted: May 04, 2014

  • Newent runners and Trevor Downing escort Newent Rugby Club out of town

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HUNDREDS of people lined the streets of Newent to give the town’s rugby club a spectacular send off to Twickenham yesterday.

There were high spirits as more than 250 showed their support to Newent Rugby Club which travelled to the iconic home of the sport for the second year running.

The club returned to Twickenham after reaching the final of the Senior Vase against Yarnbury, which kicks off at 1pm today.

Newent supporter Clare Page said: “There were well over 250 people there to see the lads off, including Onion Ed after the onion fayre committee donated the funds for the club’s minibus.

“It was a sunny day with high spirits as the town wished the boys all the luck in the world to get out and win the game and bring the vase home.”

Local man Trevor Downing dressed in green, tied balloons to his mobility scooter and wore a hat emblazoned with the message ‘ain’t no stopping us’ while he and Newent Runners escorted the team bus out of the town.

Town Mayor Roger Beard also showed his support to the team which was joined by hundreds of fans on their journey to London.

Julia Gooch, of Gooch Sports, said: “When they came back from the Junior Vase last year the buzz in the town was phenomenal.

“Now, people are on a high again. Who would have expected this to happen for a second time?”

Dozens of businesses in the town have created window displays to support the team and dozens of children wore T-shirts backing the Green Army.

Longlevens Rugby Club also travelled to Twickenham and will play the Rugby Lions in the Junior Vase Final today. A contingent of fans, including Gloucester City Council leader Paul James, also made the journey.

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