RFU president pays tribute to rugby volunteers in Devon

04 Nov 2021 18:47 | Devon RFU

RFU president Jeff Blackett and his wife Sally visited Devon on Wednesday as part of their 150-mile walk to raise funds for the RFU Injured Players' Foundation (IPF).

The pair walked into Devon from Cornwall over the Tamar Bridge and then visited Ivybridge RFC, Old Technicians RFC, the Royal Navy at Keyham, Devonport Services RFC, Devonport High School for Old Boys RFC and Plymouth Albion RFC.

The RFU president talked to volunteers at all of the clubs and thanked them for their hard work in keeping the game going over the past 18 months. He presented all the clubs he visited on the day with a special plaque.

He also talked to players from the University of Plymouth’s women’s team who were preparing for a match at Ivybridge.

He said: “We wanted to promoted the RFU’s 150th anniversary and that’s why the walk is 150 miles.

“We are currently on day 13 and have done 128 miles so far.

“But the second reason for the walk was to meet as many people as possible in rugby.

“From my perspective I would like to thank everyone who has done so much to keep this game going.

“And the final reason for the walk was to try and raise funds for the RFU’s Injured Players’ Foundation.”

Devon RFU president Ken Jeffery did present a cheque to Mr Blackett on behalf of the county.