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MORPETH Rugby Club is always seeking new players and with rugby sevens featuring in the 2016 Olympics and the Rugby World Cup being hosted in England in 2015, now is a good time for aspiring players (both male and female) to start to learn to pay the game.

Coaches are hoping for another decent campaign after the successes of last season, which included county cup and competition victories as well as the under 10s being nominated for team of the season by Morpeth Town Council.

Training has begun for the 2012/13 season. Sessions take place for many children’s and youth teams on Sundays from 10am.

Boys and girls play in the same teams up to the age of 13. The teams are based on school years.

The coaches for the age groups are as follows. If the player is in a first school – the Under 6s and Under 7s are those in schools years 1 and 2 – they are coached by Sam Prescott and his team of hard working parents. Under 8s – year 3 – are taken by Barry Ayliffe and for the Under 9s – year 4 – sessions are led by Terry Hewitt.

For players at middle school, the year groups and coaches are Under 10s – year 5 – Mark Welfare; Under 11s – year 6 – Simon Clemmitt; Under 12s – year 7 – James Taggart; Under 13s – year 8 – Chris O’Hara.

The trainers for high school students are Under 14s – year 9 – Dave Chattaway; Under 15s – year 10 – Colin Belfield and Under 16s – year 11 – Steve Rank.

Adult ladies and junior girls teams train on Thursday evenings from 6.30pm and any female wanting to learn to play rugby is more that welcome to come along and give the sport a go.