May saw the return to rugby matches at the community level in an adaptive form of the game (No Maul – No Scrums). However, the rest of the game is pretty much game on. Therefore our Men’s Manager Dan Newsome went on the search to find a team or two to play. After a hard search, a team was found who wished to play a home and away match.
The club in question was a brand-new team a LGBT+ team The West Country WASPS. This contact came to the club through a friendship that has been forged on the RFU Mentor & Coaching Award Course that coach Paul Stentiford is currently completing.
The West Country WASPS have been running for 5 seasons but have not been entered into any Devon Merit League but is hoping to be in a League for Season 21/22. ST Columba & Torpoint Mens XV jumped at the chance of playing a fully inclusive team and felt it followed the rich history of the club where everyone matters. So much so that Tom Ryan (Not the Team Captian, the other Tom Ryan) suggested that the men wear rainbow socks. Once again, the Men XV’s loved the idea and rainbow socks were found, purchased and worn. At the end of the game, Jarrad Hulm in a sign and solidarity, carried out a sock swap with a West Country WASPS Player. The West Country WASPS were very humbled by the actions and greatly excepted the offer.
The first game took place at Newton Abbot on a very wet and windy day. Some great rugby was played by both sides, if not a little rusty after a 12 month break from our beloved game. ST Columba & Torpoint RFC came out on top with a 17 – 0 win. The return game happened two weeks later. This time the weather was bright and sunny. This brought out a larger than normal crowd who cheer both sides on throughout the game. The West Country WASPS put a dogged effort in but were very much outplayed, and the home team ST Columba & Torpoint RFC brought the game home, putting 61 points on the scoreboard with the WASPS putting 10 points on the board.
Once the game was completed and following Government and RFU guidance, both teams had a drink, lots of laughs and a tie exchange was carried out, with a new tie being added to the club collection and hung on the wall. Overall these two matches was a great advent and experience for all, and a strong, new friendship has been made. ST Columba & Torpoint RFC wish to thank The West Country WASPS and look forward to playing you again soon.