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RUGBY UNION: Empy takes Rugby chair.

NEW chairman of the Rugby & District RFU is Fred Empy of Rugby Lions, replacing Dave Chater of Newbold who has served for two years. Newbold's Albert Williams has been elected president.

The District Union raised over pounds 400 for MacMillan Nurses at their successful dinner.

Rugby Welsh have been drawn at home against Daventry in the preliminary round of next season's Clon-mel Cup with the winners then away at Rugby Lions.

Other first-round matches: Lutterworth v Long Buckby, Newbold v Rugby St.Andrews, Old Laurentians v Southam. Dates to be decided.

KENILWORTH officers Peter Blakeman (chairman), Geoff Jordan (president), John Davies (secretary) and Willie Whitesmith (secretary) have all agreed to remain in post for the forthcoming year.

Work is being completed on the two new pitches at the Rocky Lane site and Farm Services will hand these over to the club at the end of August, giving Kenilworth four brand new pitches all to RFU specification.

The clubhouse refurbishment at Glasshouse Lane is on schedule for completion by the end of July

Pre-season training continues tonight and a warm-up game has been arranged at Old Laurentians on August 21.

TEN local primary schools took part in Old Coventrians' third annual Year 5 Tag Rugby Festival at Tile Hill Lane with 20 teams - involving over 200 boys and girls - each representing a world rugby-playing country.

England (St Christopher's) played France (Allesley) and Samoa (St John Vianney) faced USA (Grange Farm) in the semi-finals with both went into extra-time - England and USA eventually going through to the final which was won by England.

The fair play and teamwork trophy went to Earlsdon Primary School.

Tag rugby will be played at Old Coventrians every Wednesday evening (6.15- 7.30pm) until the start of the new season.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jul 8, 2003
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