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Southwell Rugby Club pay tribute to Gary Thompson an Afghanistan veteran who was killed in his tour of duty and Ollerton return from playing against Hungary international players in their tour of Budapest

A TRIBUTE was paid on social media to Gary Thompson on the 15th anniversary of his death in Kandahar, Afghanistan by his former teammates at Southwell Rugby Club.

The 51-year-old was killed in a roadside bomb attack and is remembered fondly by the club.

"Gary was the Captain of the 3rd XV, the handsome threes as they were known.

Gary Thompson (59700500)
Gary Thompson (59700500)

"He was a loving husband and father of five daughters.

"We wish them all the best as we remember our good friend and club colleague," read the tribute.

On the field, the club's 2nds hosted Paviors and came away with a 24-20 victory.

The side will next play Newark 2nds on Saturday at home (kick-off 3pm).

The Newark team comes off the back of a fresh 60-5 win over Long Eaton 2nds in a friendly.

Andy Powell, former Welsh international player and the coach of the Southwell 1sts hosted an Easter rugby camp at the club.

Former British and Irish player who also played for England, Neil Back

Several clubs have returned or are on tours.
Several clubs have returned or are on tours.

shared stories and gave each child who attended the camp an easter egg.

The under-15s have kicked off their end-of-season Ireland tour and are looking forward to playing rugby on the Emerald Isle.

The Newark Colts defeated the Corsair Colts 24-15 in a dominating performance.

Newark were losing 7-5 at half-time but came back to pull clear in the second-half.

Tries were scored by Noah Marshall (2), Ethan Herbert, and Ovi Gilder, with Matt Morgan kicking two conversions.

It was a good period of rugby across the district. Image by Rob Currell (62962787)
It was a good period of rugby across the district. Image by Rob Currell (62962787)

The side will next take on Dronfield in the NLD Cup Final on Sunday, May 14, (kick-off 4pm), at Lady Bay.

Ollerton Rugby Club returned from their end-of-season tour to Budapest Hungary where they won a close game 42-36 over Haramiak RFC.

Both teams scored six tries each but it was the boot of Scott Whittworth that was the deciding factor as he hit all six conversions over a team that contained two Hungary international players.

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