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DOUBLE KIWI BLOW FOR SCARBOROUGH RUFC AHEAD OF NEW SEASON IN NORTH ONE

10 Aug

2017-08-21 MATTY JONES SKIPPER

MATTY JONES

How quickly our heat wave summer is passing and it’s four months since Scarborough RUFC’s promotion-winning league season ended back in April.  Pre-season training is well underway and tomorrow Coach Simon Smith’s charges take on Stockport RUFC at Silver Royd kicking off at 3pm.The Cheshire-based club were playing in National Two North only five years ago but following a couple of relegations now play in North One West at the same level as Scarborough.

I was expecting news over that four month period on what the Seasiders were doing re: recruitment and retention to cope with the challenge of playing level 6 rugby this coming season. However, I’m pretty much in the dark regarding these matters but what I can tell you is that the club’s inspirational skipper Matty Jones will be leaving the club in the near future. The big Kiwi has had immigration status issues for a while but it now looks as if he has explored every avenue of possibility and has run out of options. His influence on and off the paddock has been massive and his boots will take some filling.

Another Kiwi who looks like being missing this season is flying winger Harry Domett. The ‘Wellington Flyer’ has been with the club for over eight years now and is a firm crowd favourite at Silver Royd. A prolific try-scoring winger Harry has had two long spells out with injury and last season took quite a bit out of him.

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HARRY DOMETT (picture Andy Standing)

The absence of both guys will leave a big quality gap in the squad and the need to cover positions for injury over what will be a long hard season is acute. Stay tuned!

Next Friday (the 17th at 7pm) Yorkshire One side Hullensians are the visitors to Silver Royd; both of Scarborough’s games against the Humbersiders last season were close-fought affairs with Simon Smith’s charges victorious on both occasions, winning 29-17 on the road at Hull and 26-17 at Silver Royd.  

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