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RUGBY UNION: Long-term future is so bright for Nuns!

Byline: JOHN WILKINSON

KNOWN throughout the world of rugby for the quality of their mini and junior programme, Nuneaton are clearly laying the foundations for an equally successful future.

Over the past few months no less than ten of the Liberty Way club's senior players have become new fathers - the dads no doubt hoping that the family name will figure on team sheets in years to come.

Nuns are also hoping that the new season will be as productive on the pitch as it has been off it and will be sponsored for the tenth consecutive season by Atherstone-based TNT, who have pitched in with a generous package to help them make a serious bid for promotion to National Division Two.

Commenting on the company's continued support, managing director of TNT Express Services UK & Ireland, Tom Brll said: "The new Rugby Academy to which we've contributed will encourage and nurture young talent in the rugby world.

"We are extremely selective about sponsorship requests, but Nuneaton RFC has excellent teams both on and off the field so we are delighted to back them once again."

TNT's continued sponsorship will benefit all areas of the club, including improvements to their facilities and an exciting new venture with North Warwickshire and Hinckley College.

"TNT's contribution is very welcome and we are proud to be associated with such a well established local company,"said Nuns president Keith Howells. " In particular, TNT support has helped us invest in new floodlights and improvements to our pitch."

l KENILWORTH plan to give debuts to a number of new signings - including American stand-off David Burt - in Saturday's friendly against National League side Westcombe Park at Glasshouse Lane.

The Midlands One club are using the game as a trial and all players who turn up - existing senior squad members or new players - will figure in some way. Kick-off is 3pm and admission is free.

Kenilworth last played Park, from Kent, in the last 3n of the Intermediate Cup a few seasons ago and lost narrowly. The Orpington-based visitors are now in National Division Three South.

After a strong season at under-17 level, Kenilworth will be fielding a colts side for the time in three years.

The nucleus of the side will come from players now too old for the under- 17s, who won 13 of their 15 games - including convincing victories over Rugby Lions and Broadstreet - last season, scoring 950 points and conceding a mere 89.The development of the new side has been helped by sponsorship from both Quality Hotels and National Car Parks, and the Colts will work closely with the Midlands One club's 1st XV throughout the season.

With a tough fixture list, the team's ability will be pushed to the limits and new players interested in joining the Colts set-up should contact Doug Day on 019no 855810.

l CENTRE Simon Brocklehurst will arrive at Coventry next Wednesday - completing the National Division One club's squad for the new season.

The n3-year-old England under-19 and Students cap has been playing for Sydney club Warringah Rats, but flies out on Tuesday following their 39- 3n defeat by Norths in last weekend's State Cup semi-finals.

Brocklehurst, who played at Rugby Lions while completing his studies at Loughborough University, scored two tries.

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GENERATION GAME: TNT's David Hare (white shirt) and son Leon with Nuneaton players and new arrivals (from left) Chris O'Reilly and Hannah, Oliver Pipe and Charlotte, Adie Nightingale and Eve, Craig Dutton and Joe, Chris Tarbuck and Jack, and Paul Sharp and Lilly.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Aug 22, 2001
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