The All Blacks’ Juniors enjoyed their night at Edgeley Park

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THE ALL Blacks’ Juniors enjoyed a night to remember at Edgeley Park last Friday.

Colne and Nelson took 30 players with 20 parents and coaches for a “Shark Encounter”, which made a lasting impression on the youngsters.

The event formed part of the Sale Sharks’ community rugby programme, aimed at forging links with local clubs and schools and bring top level winning rugby back to the north west.

The All Blacks Junior players guided the Sale Sharks players onto the pitch before their match against the Leicester Tigers, to rapturous applause from a packed house at Edgeley Park, and they are pictured ahead of the game (s).

Sharks went in at half-time 13-3 ahead, however, in the second half, the Leicester Tigers’ international players rose to the occasion and dominated the second half, with Tigers winning the game 34-13.

The squad of All Blacks players, from all age groups, took to the pitch and were totally unfazed by the floodlights and crowd, and all thoroughly enjoyed the experience of rubbing shoulders with some of the game’s best players.

The club thank all at Sale Sharks, particularly Victoria Waddicar and Helen Stuart, who contributed to a great night for the club, to all parents who supported the event, and an extra big thank you to the young All Blacks players who represented the club so impressively.

Colne and Nelson RUFC would also like to thank ASDA and the Pendle community for helping them raise £520 through bag packing at the Colne store.

The event, which was run by the club’s junior section, was part of the ongoing support being provided by the store, and the money raised will be used to fund the ongoing professional and volunteer coaching provided to all the schools and colleges in the Pendle area by the club.

The club would also like to thank its junior members for volunteering for the event and their exemplary behaviour.

The children had to quickly become more proficient in their bag packing, with the Colne store running a campaign to promote recycling and to encourage customers to use fewer bags!