On Saturday 9th June Ealing Evergreens are one of four teams participating in the RFU IPF Veterans Rugby Day at Twickenham.
Jason Leonard says “It is fantastic to see the clubs represented here today, coming together in support of such a worthy cause in the RFU Injured Players Foundation, and to celebrate Vets Rugby. With all four clubs having experienced a catastrophic rugby injury in recent years, this event and such strong support from all involved, is testament to the rugby family ethos that is such a big part of what makes rugby unique.”
All about the RFU IPF HERE.
Paul Clarke says “October 1967 saw the first mention in club records of an “Evergreens XV” – a name coined for a party that toured Germany in September. After the tour, they described themselves in this way: Number of Evergreens – 16. Average age – 35. Youngest prop forward – 57. Games played – 2. Games lost – 2. Points for – 3. Points against – 58 (unconfirmed). This humble beginning established Ealing Evergreens and the squad continues to thrive to this day.
After a season which ended with the team topping the Middlesex Veterans league and winning the league playoff final, the players closed their season (or so they thought) with the Memorial Game played against Ealing Exiles. This game was established in 2008 in memory of a player who died tragically in a non-rugby accident and has been played annually since this time in remembrance of other players and members who have died during this period.
The Evergreens are honoured to be invited to participate in the RFU IPF Veterans Rugby Day and this is a very apt way to finally close this season, especially as one of our young players, Ben Pearson, suffered very serious injuries whilst playing for the club in April of this year.
This event gives us a splendid opportunity to help support a charity dedicated to supporting and protecting the rugby family.