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Let's make Christmas special for Old Ruts in Kenya

Some of you, through fundraising in local schools, may already be familiar with the Lunch Bowl charity that supports vital orphanage work in the slum areas of Kiberia outside Nairobi.

Sally and Stuart McGreevy who spearhead the charity are part of the Old Ruts family. They relocated to Kenya 3 years ago to be even more active on the ground. In that time their son James, who would now be in our Ruts u18s, has successfully set up an Old Ruts Kenya adventure.

ORRFC Kenya CelebrateOn Sundays up to 300 Mini's (boys and girls) are collected from the streets of Kiberia and bused over an hour's drive to rugby school facilities where James has established a special Sunday experience for them all to look forward to......rugby, exercise, friendships, togetherness and importantly some post match rugby food, which for the majority will be their only hot meal of the week.

There is a long list of things we can do as a rugby club to help James in continuing his excellent work and going forward we will aim to always have one thing on the go to support our Old Ruts Kenya family.

Our immediate priority will be to organise Xmas presents again from our Minis with small gifts and basic hygiene essentials like toothpaste. This activity will start on Sunday 12/11 at Rutlish School where players will be able to purchase a £2 Old Ruts Kenya boot bag to fill for Xmas. 

 Here's a list of suggestions:

ORRFC Kenya Bags

Toys: Bear, soft toy, tennis ball, finger puppet, jigsaw, small musical instrument, building blocks, small trucks and cars, for girls clip on earrings, jewellery.

Educational supplies: felt pens, pens, pencils, pencil sharpener, eraser, colouring books, note pads, picture or puzzle books, chalk pencil case, stickers etc.

Hygiene Items: toothpaste, toothbrush, hairbrush, comb, soap, flannel, hair clips.

Other items: sweets (sell by date to be at least March 2018), gloves, scarf, sunglasses, cap, hat, bangles, necklaces, small torches with batteries, neutral coloured vests and underwear (stretchy boxer shorts), socks, water-proofs, Kagools in a bag

Please wrap each gift individually in Christmas paper and place in the Old Ruts Kenya boot bag which you can purchase for £2.00. All filled boot bags must be returned to the club no later than Sunday 10th December. Let’s give Old Ruts in Kenya a Christmas to remember.

Please don't include any of the following:

  • No food: especially chocolate. Only exception non-chocolate sweets
  • No medicine or vitamins of any kind
  • No clothing other than listed above
  • No fragile items: Glass containers, mirrors
  • No liquids: including blow bubbles, shampoo, bubble bath, toiletry sets or aerosols
  • No dangerous items: Sharp Objects, scissors, or razors
  • No novels or literature of a political nature
  • No hand-knitted stuffed toys without a CE mark

Due to import regulations all gifts should be new and comply with the conditions listed above, please ensure the gifts are age appropriate and individually wrapped.

Old kit also needed

Running alongside this they are desperately short of kit and clothing in Kenya and they need more kit donations from us asap - old trainers (as the ground is often hard), any boots, shirts (rugby or football) socks or tops and hoodies are also an essential as in the winter months it helps the children stay warmer at night time. Many of us must have countless Brean Sands hoodies in all colours and sizes!

If you are donating old kit can we please all have a big push over the next 2-3 weeks. Bag it up and leave it either in the Rutlish School pavilion or outside the club shop on any Sundays.

We can all make such a difference here by acting collectively to get behind such a great cause. Sadly the mortality rate of infants under 5 years old is  50% in Kiberia and for the lucky survivors Old Ruts Kenya can give them a family and weekly focal point to look forward to.


If you would like to make a donation then you can do so now by going to https://webcollect.org.uk/oldruts/subscription#kenya-donations and selecting the Kenya Donations tab where you will see the Rugby: Old Ruts Kenya item for you to select an amount to add to your basket.

Many thanks for you support.

Paul Cecil - 07831 526389
Old Ruts Youth Chair

1st XV vs Worth Old Boys (H)

Final Score: 21 - 23

Try Scorers: Dave Cecil (2), Jack Bricknell

Cons: Henry Pueble (3)

The unbeaten run is over! Unfortunately our 1st XV failed to overcome Worth Old Boys this week in what was a very close affair. The Ruts started slowly rarely gaining possession of the ball and struggling to keep it - forcing the champagne rugby a bit too much. Worth came out the blocks firing and kept the Ruts try-less in the first half, another first for the season. 0-13. A stern talking to at half time and the Ruts pulled up their socks to begin the fight back. Flanker Dave Cecil (usually a 9) played an outstanding game and bagged himself two meat-pies in quick succession that were converted with ease to take the Ruts back into the lead. 14-13. Unfortunately the Ruts ill discipline allowed Worth easy access into the home teams 22 which resulted in WOB crashing it over from close. 14-20. Further ‘border-line’ defending from the Ruts allowed the Worth 10 to slot a very kickable penalty, meaning the Ruts needed more than a converted try to win. Jack Bricknell grabbed a try with 20 minutes to go to give the Ruts hope of another come-back. The boys pushed hard for that W and had a fair few tries disallowed for decisions that some may call dubious but unfortunately it wasn’t to be. 21-23. Congratulations to Worth on very solid game - they should be proud of their efforts defending for the last 10 minutes with 13 men. After a harsh wake-up call the Old Ruts will hope for an immediate turn around in a tough game against Met Police this coming Saturday 4th November at Poplar Road. A mention must go out to entire Old Ruts seniors' section for fielding 3 teams for the first time in a while - a remarkable achievement by all involved. Well done to at least 15 Colts who played their first, of many, senior games.

Captain's Man of the March: Dave Cecil


3rd XV vs Kingston 2s (H)

Final Score – 52-29

Try Scorers: Ryan Stroud, James Patience, Callum Baines, Laurence Smith, George Vaughan-Barratt, Henry Thorpe, Reece Nye, Iain

Cons: Tom Sellar x 6

A first run out for the mighty 3's, with a few rusty gentlemen getting some game time for the first time this season. It is great to see some of the older boys using their wit and experience alongside the verve and energy of the youngsters, a fine cocktail indeed. Many thanks to Kingston for providing a very credible opposition, in what can only be described as a feisty affair. It was all cuddles in the tunnel and bar afterwards, though. 

Sideshow got us some valuable points on the board before the Saxons' had even touched the ball, a lovely tap back and set up from our kick off and Tom Sellar provides the defence splitting pass - cometh the hour cometh the man. An attritional 15 minutes followed, Kingston showing  skill and and brute force to get their big prop over the line. A gift of a try, in all honesty - some sloppy discipline from the Ruts in our twenty-two. Iain then put us ahead in the corner, after some lovely phase play. Callum, Laurence and I put us further ahead before the whistle, and a well deserved drinks break to discuss proceedings. 

The Ruts ran riot in the second half in a very end-to-end affair, some tired legs on both sides meant there was plenty of space to run. Will Ingham made a rare appearance in the front row, a convert from backs to forwards at the tender age of 23. The biggest cheer of the match came when the ball was put over the line in the corner by the mercurial Ryan Stroud. What he was doing on the wing in the opposition twenty-two I will never know. Reece and Henry closed our account with some lovely tries.

A great advert for 3s rugby, well played all and thank you to Kingston - all the best for the rest of the season chaps. 

Captain's Man of the March – Tom Sellar


1st XV vs Croydon RFC (A)

Final Score – 35-9

Try Scorers: Jack Bricknell (2) , Nick Coates, George Vaughan-Barratt, Benji Sumrie

Cons: Peuble x 5

Thank you to Croydon for hosting us, last time out it was snowing so we were a little relieved to play in milder conditions. They piled the pressure on in the first 20 minutes, using their heavy pack to try and penetrate around the rucks. Luckily the Old Ruts boys' tackling was in fine fettle, showing size really doesn't matter when you hit them low. We should have had at least two tries on the breakaway but for poor handling errors at the last hurdle. Croydon's fly-half neatly slotted two penalties after some poor Ruts discipline. Luckily last seasons most prolific try scorer, Jack Bricknell, put us in the lead going into half time with a fine score. 

In the second half, the play suited our style much more - with Croydon tiring and Ruts just getting going. To start , Benji unselfishly put Mr Reliable, Nick Coates, over the line for his 3rd score this season. Jack Bricknell then scored again, in emphatic fashion down the wing, to put us further out of reach for the big and slowing Croydon side. Tries from Benji, who played with maturity well beyond his years, and George Vaughan-Barratt finished off the game.

Unfortunately Bec had to scratch the 2's game, but we go again next week. 

Captain's Man of the March – Nick Coates

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