Friday night after work and instead of Happy Hour in the pub round the corner I’m heading to Gloucester Road to meet Ricky and head down to Sunbury for the annual friendly against London Irish Vets. This is a very popular fixture for Evergreens with so many of the squad having a connection with London Irish and such a strong Irish contingent in the Evergreens and Ealing in general.Read More...
The Evergreens is Ealing Rugby Club’s veterans side and is made up of players who are 35 years or over. Players are welcomed from all over and it is testimony to Ealing Rugby Club’s success that many recent members of the Evergreen squad have joined us from various West London teams to supplement our home-grown talent. Thus, we are a happy ship flying a flag of convenience for anybody wishing to play a good standard of rugby throughout their 30s, 40s, 50s and occasionally older.
This year we will be playing competitive matches in the Middlesex Vets League & Cup with games against clubs like Wasps, Chiswick and UCS Old Boys as well as friendlies against old foes London Irish.
We have simple objectives:
- To provide an appropriate vehicle to keep players in the game
- To encourage lapsed players to return to rugby (including players from other clubs who do not have a vets team)
- To compete at the highest standard possible
- To field a regular side
- To play good, competitive rugby
- To tour
- To keep it fun
The recent history of the Ealing Evergreens has been a tale of success on the field, winning the Middlesex Vets Merit Table for the past two years. Add to that success on tour in Rome (and occasionally also in the bar), but most notably success in harmonising a mixed group of older players. Good players simply love to carry on playing rugby.
Long may the Ealing brand of veterans rugby continue as a key force in West London.
You are never too old to join us! A few of us still train as well so join us for a look: Men’s Section training on Tuesdays and Thursdays with prompt start at 19:30.
First game of the season for Ealing Evergreens saw them taking on an Ex-Ealing Colts Invitational XV. I say XV but there were literally hordes of them or so it seemed as rolling subs were played. Still, it was great to see so many of the club’s former Colts back at the Trailfinders on a beautiful Saturday morning.Read More...