On Friday night, London Irish took the club’s first ever mixed ability team to compete in a friendly rugby tournament in Worcester as part of Premiership Rugby's programme Project Rugby.

A mixed ability team is a combination of disabled and non-disabled participants playing a modified set of rules.

The team played against other mixed ability teams from Harlequins and Worcester with enjoyment and participation the main aim of the evening.

All three teams played against each other at Droitwich RFC before heading over to Sixways Stadium to play a touch rugby match on the pitch at half-time.

Made up of mainstream and SEN (Special Educational Needs) students, the players are from the London Irish HITZ programme and schools that receive London Irish Project Rugby sessions.

Training at Castle School or the John Madejski Academy every Wednesday, the London Irish staff have been very impressed with everyone involved.

“The attitude and determination to improve from every player has been fantastic” said Joseph Pegg, Inclusion Officer (Disability).“

Each training session allowed for the team to get to know each other and they did themselves proud in the tournament in Worcester.”

“We can’t wait to organise some more fixtures and tournaments in the future!”

For more information on the mixed ability team, please contact [email protected].


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