COME SEPTEMBER, all eyes will be focused on New Zealand 2011, where the big guns of rugby union will be slugging it out for the World Cup.
Meanwhile, the live action will be taking place much closer to home, at Bristol South End (St John’s Lane) home of Broad Plain RFC, who will be hosting their very own Little World Cup for south Bristol schools’ tag rugby teams.
The club is working with Ashton Park School Sports Partnership to run a tag rugby league for children in Years Five and Six, through September and October to coincide with events on the other side of the world.
The after-school tournament will run over four Monday evenings, with schools assigned a country drawn out of the hat on the first meeting.
The final will take place just six days before the real thing, however in our case a Tonga v Argentina final is a real possibility!
Planning for the event is taking place right now, and schools will receive an invite when the new school term starts.
Although the Little World Cup may lack the bone-crunching tackles of the much anticipated Antipodean showdown, we can expect plenty of pace, skill and competitive spirit, judging by schools’ performances at recent Broad Plain tournaments.