RUGBY: MP Mark Pawsey playing for Parliamentary side

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IT was a real family affair for Mark Pawsey MP last Sunday when he was joined on the rugby field by his son Will in a game between the Commons & Lords rugby team and the Scottish Parliament & St Andrews side.

It preceded the Calcutta Cup Six Nations match and both ended with English victories.

Mark said: “This was the first time that I had played with my son despite us both being avid rugby fans. This may have had something to do with the slight gap between our respective playing days but I’d like to think that I held my own on the pitch and was able to show the younger guys a thing or two out on there!”

Mark, who is vice chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Rugby Union added: “I am very grateful to Neil Gray, Operations Director, at Gilbert Sports for his generosity in providing us with balls for the APPG team. The Commons team will also play in the Parliamentary World Cup in New Zealand so they will be of great benefit to us in the future as well.”

Mark also highlighted his wish to see Rugby exploit its links with game for the benefit of the town on the whole.

He added: I recently met with representatives of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and Rugby Borough Council in order to attempt to improve those links and I am hopeful we will start to see results in the very near future.”