RICH PROMISE IN 9s PERFORMANCE FROM ALL GOLDSUNI CLUB SHOWS UP
Posté 25 juin 2012 - 08:54
The All Golds will be one of four new clubs to take their place in Championship One next season and on the basis of their showing in the group stages of the 9s, RFL Chief Operating Officer Ralph Rimmer believes the South West pioneers will make for a valuable addition to the semi-professional code.
After a difficult start against some of the top professional Rugby League teams in the country, the All Golds found their feet in the last round of the 9s in spectacular style, making a massive impression by defeating Stobart Super League clubs Salford City Reds and London Broncos and drawing against a third top flight club, Widnes Vikings.
“Whilst I am sure that no one is getting too carried away with the results from Tuesday, the efforts of the University of Gloucestershire All Golds should be commended,” said Rimmer.
“They went up against some of the best teams from the Super League and Championship in the Rugby League 9s competition and although they just missed out on qualifying for the Grand Final, the All Golds should be thrilled with their achievement.
“It was their first opportunity to test themselves against the professional teams and they demonstrated that they can mix with it the best of them. This experience sets them up perfectly for their move into Championship One in 2013.
“This is an exciting time for the Championships and I think the All Golds will be a valued addition to the competition. Their performance demonstrates what quality the new clubs are likely to bring and puts down a real mark of intent."
The All Golds preparation for entry into Co-operative Championship One continues to develop and in April this year they launched their junior Academy, attracting over 100 players to their first trials and now run Under-14, Under-16 and Under-18 squads.
Andy Pitchford, the Director of Sport at the University of Gloucestershire, said the club’s experience in the 9s would prove invaluable.
“All the players have taken a lot from playing in the 9s, it’s been an experience that will be of massive benefit to everyone at the All Golds,” said Pitchford.
“Our profile in and around Gloucester is lifting all the time and we have had some great coverage in the local media: playing the likes of Leeds, Wigan and Widnes in the 9s has brought us to the attention of lots of people in the area.”
Since January 2011, Gloucester have implemented a number of community strategies and are currently delivering Rugby League in eight primary schools, 14 secondary schools and have seen an increase in Rugby League participation numbers by 550 new players since the beginning of the year.
The RFL has already confirmed that the All Golds, Hemel Stags and Northampton Rebels will join Championship One next season with the identity of the fourth new club scheduled to be announced by mid-July.
Posté 25 juin 2012 - 11:53
Gloucester is internatonal for a lot of heartlanders...
And this has what to do with the international game?
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