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INTERNATIONAL rugby has been played in all corners of the globe for generations and among the lesser-known nations to have been throwing the oval ball around for fun for over 80 years now is Sweden.

Needless to say, rugby union is a summer sport in their country, but they are FIRA and IRB members, having been founded in 1932 and joined the IRFB as full members in 1988.

They are currently ranked 34th in the IRB pecking order and boast 56 clubs and almost 3,500 male players, of which nearly 1,300 are in their teens.

A group of those young players will be visiting West Yorkshire shortly and have two matches on the programme after they arrive on next Friday (February 15).

Sweden Under 18s will train at Woodhouse Grove School and also play their first game at Apperley Bridge on Saturday, February 16 (10.30am), when they meet a West Yorkshire Under 17 Development XV.

The final match will take place on Monday, February 18, at 7pm where they are in action again at Heath RFC, when they face a West Yorkshire Under 18 Barbarians team drawn from a number of clubs in the district.

Were delighted that the Swedish under 18s chose West Yorkshire and Im sure they will have a fantastic time. Im really grateful to Yorkshire RFU, Woodhouse Grove School, Heath RFC and the Stansfield Arms for supporting the tour and bringing it all together said Paul Fountain, Chairman of the West Yorkshire Player Development Committee.

One of our local boys, Max Green, who plays at Leeds Carnegie Academy, is also qualified to play for Sweden through his mum. The Swedish Rugby Union under 18s were looking to develop their game and I was contacted by their team manager David Hanley to see if they could come over and play some games during their February tour. I was delighted to help and its a great chance to extend the rugby family and help them to develop their national game. Equally as important is the chance for our boys to test themselves against International opposition. It really is a thrill and an honour.

The tourists are an elite group representing their country and will provide stiff opposition. Im sure that irrespective of the result the whole experience will enshrine rugbys core values of teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship. Im sure that it will leave everyone with great memories and be a fantastic life experience.

For more information visit the West Yorkshire Rugby Website.

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