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HORRIBLE HISTORIES AUTHOR SCRUMS DOWN FOR RUGBY FESTIVAL.

HORRIBLE Histories author Terry Deary got into the scrum to launch a rugby festival.

Consett Rugby Club on Medomsley Road is celebrating the rising number of women now playing the traditionally gritty game.

Best-selling children's author Terry, from nearby Burnhope, opened the three-day event by demonstrating his skills in a game of touch rugby with some of the girl and women players.

Growing up in Sunderland, Terry played rugby as a winger for his school team, Monkwearmouth Grammar, and later as a club player when he lived in Lowestoft, Suffolk. He said: "Too many schools don't teach rugby union these days because the teachers find it too complicated. It is far easier for them to just let the kids kick a football around, so clubs such as Consett provide a valuable service in keeping the game alive at grassroots level."

All proceeds from the festival will go towards promoting grass roots rugby in Consett and Derwentside.

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LAUNCH Children's writer Terry Deary at Consett Rugby Club, with, left to right, Rebecca Swinney, Claire Dobson, Ashleigh Harrison, Denise Trott, Ailsa White, Hannah Keighley and Sue Ray
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 5, 2012
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