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STAFFORDSHIRE MP Aidan Burley kept to a post-election promise by playing a game of rugby for Rugeleys Second XV last Saturday.

Burley, the Conservative MP for Cannock Chase, played the entire first half of the Merit Table fixture against Birmingham Barbarians at the Hagley Playing Fields in Rugeley.

Despite ending up on the losing side Burley put in a spirited and hard working performance. Indeed, he was unlucky not to score when he crossed the try line following a quick tap penalty but was called back for not taking the penalty from the right spot.

Burley had promised to play a fixture for the club when he was a last minute invite to the clubs annual dinner last May, just days after he was elected as the local MP.

He went on to wear a Rugeley RFC tie when he was sworn in to Parliament the following month.

Burley, who is currently Vice Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Rugby Union Group has invited Rugeley to take on the Commons & Lords rugby team next season.

I was a bit nervous about dusting off my boots having not played a competitive game of rugby for nearly ten years, Burley said.

However, the boys were very supportive and made me feel really welcome as part of the team. The Birmingham Barbarians are a quality opposition but we certainly had our chances throughout the game.

Whilst I dont think Rugeleys regular scrum half will be worried about his place in the team, I hope that I might be used as an impact substitution for a future game!

Rugeley secretary Martin de Ridder said: We were delighted that Aidan honoured his promise to play a match for us. He seemed to enjoy himself and intends to play a few more next season.

We were pleasantly surprised by how good he was. Our first team could do with a decent scrum half. Perhaps we can sign him up for next season.

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