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Exciting news... London Irish Amateur U21s are back in the game

By Miriam Brown

The John Douglas & Development Cup Competitions

We are excited to announce that we will be entering an under 21s team in the Surrey U21 competition in 2019/2020. We are very excited & we look forward to welcoming our 17/18/19/20 years old.

We will have 7-8 games throughout the season, mainly early September , Christmas & Easter when the final will be held on Easter Monday.

If you fancy making a come back or continuing playing at London Irish if you
are whilst you are away at Uni. (kbrown179@yahoo.co.uk.)

Get in touch & register your interest.

Kevin Brown
U21s Team Manager
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The History of the Surrey Under 21 Cup

In the Christmas holiday of 2005, three clubs (Old Reigatian, Dorking and Sutton & Epsom,) played a series of Under 21 matches, as clubs began to realise that with the success and growth of junior rugby there were many players, who had come through the junior ranks, wanting to play for their clubs against the old rivals and new university mates. Such was the enthusiasm from the players that these three clubs and Effingham & Leatherhead decided to start a Cup competition in 2006/07.

Played over the Christmas break with the final two games taking place simultaneously at Old Reigatians, it was the hosts who won the inaugural Cup. The following year the same four clubs competed with Sutton & Epsom winning. In 2009/10 news of the competition spread, the entrants expanded to twelve clubs and in time the Plate, Shield and Bowl trophies were introduced so that all teams had the opportunity to play competitive rugby through the season.

This growth has continued to this year where Surrey had twenty three sides enter.
Such has been the success of the competition, there are now two tiers (the John Douglas and Development Tier) with seven trophies to offer competitive rugby to the clubs throughout the season. Several clubs today have the bulk of their squads based around players who started out at Under 21 level, as well as using this as a method of recruiting new players through the university connections of their existing players.

Now in our 13th season, the benefits of providing an extra level of competitive rugby at this period of transition to senior rugby have been plenty and much praise goes to Surrey Rugby for their total support.

Updated 23:35 - 31 May 2019 by Miriam Brown

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