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So disappointing for Spalding

For Spalding rugby club it has been a year of disappointment as COVID-19 has stopped them from getting the chance to appear at Twickenham this season.

After lifting the Midlands RFU Senior Vase for the first time in their 94-year history, they were only one game away from playing at the home of English Rugby.

However, due to this season not taking place, it meant that they couldn’t get to work towards this illustrious opportunity.

Harry Sharman in action for Spalding
Harry Sharman in action for Spalding

Despite their league campaign not going ahead, there are still hopes for a small local cluster tournament that could go ahead towards the end of January.

Spalding’s player/coach Harry Sharman said: “First of all, this season has been a massive disappointment for all of us at the club as we were only one win away from a chance to play at Twickenham.

“Now, because of the virus, we’re not going to have that opportunity any more.

“But we’ve got to be realistic and think that there’s much more important things going on in the world than sport, and rugby isn’t that important in today’s society.

“It would have been great for everyone at the club, that includes us as players, but also all the coaches and supporters as well.

“It would have given everyone a lift at the club, but it wasn’t to be.

“With the new tier news, we can’t even train any more.

“But, now we can’t even do that at the moment, and that’s actually hit us the most because most of sport, especially at the level we’re at, is more about the social aspect, and it’s a shame for us.”

With the potential of a local cluster league being announced, Sharman was relatively open to the idea, saying: “We would definitely be looking forward to this type of league, as it would mean we can get back playing again.

“If we can get back then obviously the sooner, the better for us.

“But, we have to look after ourselves first and foremost, and if players don’t want to play then we certainly won’t force them to do so.

“We just want to get back to some sort of normality as soon as we can.”

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