Rugby

Plymouth Combination to battle it out with Cornwall Clubs’ XV and Torbay Sharks

THE Plymouth Combination will send a team to Bodmin this weekend to compete in a new tournament named in honour of city rugby stalwart Graham Emond.

The Combination side will battle it out with the Cornwall Clubs’ side and the Torbay Sharks in a three-way league contest.

The teams will play two 50-minute matches, with the winners being the side with the best record.

The Combination have regularly played the Torbay Sharks, the representative team for south Devon, but last year the Cornwall Clubs’ also wanted a fixture so the sides agreed to an annual tournament, which they have named in honour of Emond, who sadly died in December.

The tournament will take place on Saturday at Clifden Park, but Plymouth’s preparations have been hit with Saltash, OPMs and Old Techs all having cup fixtures on the same day.

Saltash are at Farnham battling to reach Twickenham in the RFU Senior Vase, while OPM and Old Techs have a rearranged Lockie Cup semi-final. All three clubs have been big supporters of the Combination side in recent years.

The Combination have contacted all clubs in the area asking if they do want to put any players forward.

However, they do still have a few places to fill and so would welcome more nominations to play.

If anyone is interested they should contact Shaun Bedford-Smith on 07816 668675.

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