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20
OCT

RUGBY interest in Tower Hamlets is exploding as Millwall Rugby Club fielded two new sides at the weekend.

Millwall 4th XV took on Woodford V’s on Saturday while the junior section, put out an U15’s team for the first time ever against East London on Millwall Park on Sunday.

Youth Chair Matt Shorrock, who also took on the reigns as Fourth Team manager said it doesn’t end there:

“We are well progressed with our plans to field an U9 and U11 team as well, to compliment our U15s and U17s”

“This season has just been exceptional in terms of the number of players pulling on a Millwall jersey across all sections of the club”.

Led by founding members Larry McCabe and Jamie Rockman, Millwall’s 4ths headed to Woodford for their first match of the season.

Despite fielding a scratch side made up of ‘old boys’ and youngsters, the 4ths fought hard against much bigger opposition for the duration of the match.

Tries from debutants Aaron Dean and Jimmy Clode kept the visitors in the match, along with some superb kicking from Billy Gray, but in the end it was the home side's forward dominance that got them the victory, 32-10.

Meanwhile on Sunday, a host of Isle of Dogs local boys pulled on the Millwall jersey for the first time to become the Millwall U15s team against East London U15s.

The inexperience was evident but enthusiasm and determination earned the boys respect from both their opposition and from the large crowd of supporters gathered along the sideline.

East London jumped to an unsurprising early lead after many Millwall missed tackles, but the youngsters kept their heads up and bagged a try early in the second half.

Scrumhalf and man of the match Josh Cooke broke free from the scrum and made a tremendous break before offloading to his captain Charlie Brennand to barge over the line with East London defenders hanging off him.

U15s Head Coach Scott Vinnicombe, who is also the Tower Hamlets Rugby Development Officer was not worried by the result:

“They have to start somewhere and I thought they did really well despite coming together for the first time today”

“With some more training, I’m confident we’ll be a force to be reckoned with in the not too distant future.”

Millwall Lions are looking for boys aged 12 and 13 to join a newly developed U13’s team. Anyone interested should contact Matt on 07884012678 or email youth@millwallrugby.com, training is on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings.

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