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Volunteers enjoy their trip to Twickenham to watch England play

27 Nov 2017 10:49 | Sara Raine

DEVON RFU took a coach full of hard-working rugby volunteers from the county to Twickenham on Saturday to watch England play Samoa.

All clubs in the area were asked to nominate individuals who they felt deserved to be rewarded.

The trip was organised by Devon RFU volunteer coordinators Mo Jackson and Stuart Quarterman.

“A fantastic day was had by all,” said former county president Jackson.

“The nominated club volunteers and their guests enjoyed the hospitality provided by Devon RFU.

“The coach journey passed very quickly. Devon RFU held some fun quizzes on the way up. We made really good time on the Target Travel coach and arrived at London Welsh RFC just after midday.

“Devon were given the Pagoda Bar for their use. The volunteers enjoyed a very pleasant meal on arrival. This was followed by the individual presentations to the volunteers.

“Treve Mitchell, the Devon president, presented the awards. Each volunteer received a gift from Mitsubishi and an RFU certificate.

“The volunteers then made their way on the free shuttle buses to Twickenham stadium.

“The fan zone was in full swing on arrival and the stadium was buzzing. Once in their seats the volunteers were able to soak up the atmosphere followed by an emotional national anthem and a great game.

“This was topped when Devon player Henry Slade made a try right in front the area that they Devon volunteers were sitting.

“The volunteers were also able to watch part of the women's game and see Devon player Lagi Tuima make her first England start.

“On the journey home the volunteers were able to enjoy the hospitality of St Austell brewery.

“The feedback from the Devon volunteers was they would ensure their clubs got their nominations in early for next year because if not they would love to be invited again!”