North Tyneside schoolboys will put their friendships to one side this weekend when two neighbouring rugby clubs vie for a place in the Under-14 Northumberland County Cup final in Whitley Bay.
Youngsters from Rockcliff RFC will have home advantage in their local derby when they pit their wits against their rivals from Percy Park on Sunday with a place in a showpiece final that will take place at Druids Park a week later up for grabs.
“We’re hoping to see a bumper crowd come along so they can see for themselves everything that is good about rugby in North Tyneside,” said Rockcliff U-14s team manager Ian Hay.
“The lads from both sides are capable of playing really good, competitive rugby and the fact that many of the rival players are good friends off the field will add a little bit of extra spice to a game that is always contested in the right spirit.
“Both clubs are always on the look-out for new players and with the Rugby World Cup just around the corner this local dispute could whet the appetite of local kids and encourage them to take up rugby, because it’s never too late to get involved in a sport that is flourishing.”
The semi-final will kick off at 10.30am at Rockcliffe RFC’s Lovaine Avenue ground.
For further details about Rockcliff RFC, which caters for children of all ages, contact (0191) 251 3704.