20th February - Last Friday, the RBS 6 Nations 2012 Trophy Tour made its third stop at Howe of Fife RFC where senior and junior club members came along to meet former Scottish Rugby international players, Andy Nicol and Craig Chalmers.
The RBS Trophy Tour aims to reward rugby clubs that have been performing well in their respective leagues as well as recognise the work they do in their local communities and to support the game at club level.
Howe of Fife RFC first XV currently play in RBS Premiership 3 and is challenging for the honours sitting in second place with four games in hand going into last weekend's fixtures. The club also runs a Second XV as well as an expanding and successful youth rugby section consisting of Colts, Midi and Mini teams at every age group providing rugby for over 250 boys and girls. The club had produced a number of players who have advanced in the amateur and professional game including, most notably, Chris Fusaro, of Glasgow Warriors and Scotland A, Peter Horne (Glasgow Warriors) and Michael Fedo of the current Scotland IRB Sevens Squad.
In an effort to generate maximum support and enthusiasm during the RBS 6 Nations the RBS Trophy Tour will be visiting two other rugby clubs which are - Preston Lodge (22nd February) and GHK RFC (23rd February).
At Howe of Fife RFC, members of the local community and rugby fans were invited to come along to take part in an interesting Q&A sessiong with Andy Nicol and Craig Chalmers. They shared their unique experiences at the highest level of the game. Fans also had the chance to get even closer to the action and the opportunity to have their photo taken with the famous RBS 6 Nations Trophy.
RBS became the Principal Partner of Scottish Rugby in 2011 and has, over the past year, worked closely with the governing body to grow the game at a community and grassroots level through the RBS Club Rugby support programme and the RBS RugbyForce initiative. At the end of January they announced Chris Paterson as the new captain of the RBS Rugby Club. The initiative, the first of its kind in Scotland, helps more customers benefit directly from the partnership with Scottish Rugby while at the same time enhances support and awareness of the game in Scotland.
Colin Thomson, Head of Community Rugby at Scottish Rugby, commented:
"Club rugby is the lifeblood of the Scottish game and Howe of Fife RFC was selected for the RBS 6 Nations 2012 Trophy Tour because of their passionate support of rugby at levels of the game.
With the great season they are having accompanied by their excellent youth set up, the club fully deserve Scottish Rugby's and RBS' support. This is why they have been chosen as the second leg of the tour."
David Harley, Howe of Fife RFC Club President, said:
"We were absolutely delighted to have hosted one of the events during the RBS 6 Nations Trophy Tour 2012. It was a real honour and testimony to the work the club has done and how we have performed this season."
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