Junior All Blacks take the limelight!

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With both of Colne and Nelson’s senior teams and the senior colts all without a fixture, three of the junior sides took the limelight this weekend.

On a bright Sunday, the Under 13s played Orrell and ran out convincing winners.

Tries from Rowan O’Connor, Keenan Maconville, Toby Bailey, Benji Cocker, Jack Endersby and Tom Steer secured an impressive victory.

The Under 12’s lost to a fantastic Keighley side, who proved that you don’t have to be gigantic to play good rugby.

Colne’s only try came from Josh Cooke following some excellent work from the pack.

The Under 10s also lost, for only the second time this season, as they were edged out 10 tries to nine against Orrell in a fantastically even game.

Zander Maconville, Caleb Maconville and Jake Saggers scored the tries.

The Colne and Nelson junior section was re-established seven years ago and is an essential part of the All Blacks’ future plans. The continuity and dedication through the sections has enabled junior players to go and represent the senior sides, with 10 of the first team and nine of the second team all rising through their ranks.

Colne are hoping to continue this trend by working with the wider community and holding open training sessions. Community rugby coach Callum Kinnane is working in local schools to encourage more participation, while junior chairman Dalu Piliso is also running rag rugby sessions at Pendle Leisure Centre every Saturday at 1 p.m.

If anyone is interested in attending, he can be contacted on 07861 380 046.

The club is always looking for players of any age and ability, and from now until the end of the season there is no joining fee.

If you are interested and fancy giving rugby a go, contact Callum Kinnane on 07910982209 or Ian Cockcroft on 07590818341.

All Colne and Nelson coaches are CRB-checked and RFU-qualified.