Bourne rugby players pay tribute to the fallen

Lining up ahead of match action.
Lining up ahead of match action.
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A combined Bourne and ex-Royal Anglian Soldiers team took on the current 2 Royal Anglian (The Poachers) rugby side in the annual Joseva Lewaicei Adam Morris Memorial Trophy at Kendrew Barracks.

The contest took place 10 years to the day since the two soldiers made the ultimate sacrifice.

The Poachers won a hard-fought game 17-10 to win the trophy back from Bourne.

The match was part of a weekend which featured some Army experiences for the Bourne players and culminated in a regimental black tie dinner with families of the two fallen soldiers in attendance.

Bourne thanked Multi Packaging Solutions of Bourne for sponsoring the match shirts which were sold off to players, with all monies going toward the 
Royal Anglian Benevolent Fund.

Neil Oglesbee, Bourne captain for the day, said: “It is always an emotional occasion and the game was hard but fair, the whole weekend was a fitting tribute to Lewi and Borris.”

In January 2006, the Royal Anglian Regiment 2nd Battalion had just returned from a six-month tour of Northern Ireland and prior to their redeployment to Basra, Iraq.

This trophy is contested in memory of Privates Joseva Lewaicei and Adam Morris of C Company, Second Battalion the Royal Anglian Regimen, who died in action on May 13, 2006, when their patrol was hit by a roadside bomb on the Qarmat AH Bridge.

Only weeks before this tragedy, the Poachers team played its final game before deploying to Iraq, against Bourne, where Pte Lewaicei was named man of the match.

The two teams contest this trophy annually to celebrate the life of a talented rugby player and dedicated soldier, and the comrade who died at his side.