Five rugby games planned to keep you entertained over festive break

Vagabonds' Ross Pulman lines up a tackle during Saturday's Cheshire (South) encounter with Ramsey at Mooragh Park MW151219(70)

Vagabonds' Ross Pulman lines up a tackle during Saturday's Cheshire (South) encounter with Ramsey at Mooragh Park MW151219(70)

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With competitive matches taking a break until January 9 there is plenty of time to fit in the usual round of festive rugby games.

The action starts as usual on Boxing Day with four games scheduled to be played.

Vagabonds play the Young Farmers in the Paul Cleland Memorial game while at King William’s College and Port-e-Chee we have Douglas and Southern Nomads both playing their annual Under-30 v Over-30 matches.

There’s also action at Poulsom Park where Castletown’s current side take on the club’s ‘stars’ from the past.

Then on January 2 the Jim Nicholson Front Row All-Stars will be playing Western Vikings at Ramsey’s Mooragh Park in their annual charity challenge match.

The Front Row use the game to raise money for worthy causes.

Last year’s events were also supported by Vagabonds, Douglas, the Young Farmers and Vagabonds’ women’s side and raised more than £2,000. This will be donated to injured travelling marshal Paul Hunt to help him adapt his home following his life changing-accident at TT2014.

Paul will be attending the Boxing Day festivities at Ballafletcher this year.

Front Row figurehead Jim Nicholson said: ‘The idea of this game came from the late Dave Phillips and it was for us old prop forwards to put something back into the sport.

‘Paul Hunt was injured doing exactly that at the TT and doing something to help him was an easy choice to make.

‘This year’s money will be donated to the Isle of Man Rugby Referees’ Society to help them with kit and travel costs.

‘Without them there’s no rugby and as the refs themselves are former players putting something back in, they fit just nicely with what we’re trying to do.’

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