Southmead stage tournament in memory of Naivalurua

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By The Bristol Post | Monday, August 08, 2011, 16:48

SOUTHMEAD stage their popular pre-season Super 10s Tournament, in memory of Joe Naivalurua, on Saturday when 12 teams are set to take part from noon.

The event honours Joe, a member of a Royal Engineer search team who was killed in Northern Ireland in April 2000.

Army side Duke of York are back to defend their trophy, while local clubs taking part include Avonmouth, St Mary's, Whitehall, Old Reds, North Bristol, Broad Plain and a Bristol Harlequins side playing as 'The Scaffs'.

Entry to the tournament is by programme, price £1, with the final scheduled for around 6pm. There is also an all-day barbecue and live music in the evening.

● Lock forward Ryan Cox will this season captain St Mary's Old Boys, who are preparing for life in Gloucester Premier after suffering two successive relegations.

Flanker and former skipper James Foss has joined Avonmouth, while utility back Dave Hastie has emigrated to Australia and Joe Croft has moved to London. But numbers at Tuesday and Thursday training evenings have been so healthy that Saints have committed their third team – once again led by Paul Dagger – to competing in the Gloucestershire Reserves League.

Craig Capel continues as second-team skipper for Saints, whose first pre-season friendly is away to Nailsea & Backwell on Thursday, followed by clashes with Gordano on August 18 and Abbey Wood on August 23.

● The first silverware of the new rugby season will be up for grabs tomorrow when the Bristol Combination stages two 10-a-side competitions.

The cup takes place at Bristol Harlequins RFC, and the plate tournament will be hosted by Aretians.

Both events start at 6.30pm with group action leading to a play-off final.

● Brynmor Williams, the former Wales and British Lions scrum-half, will be the guest of honour at the Bristol Combination's biennial dinner on September 2.

Around 500 people are expected to attend the event, at the Portway Rugby Development Centre.

For ticket details, contact Tony Swash via email at, or call 07970 433156.

● Dings Crusaders begin their defence of the Combination Cup with a home first-round clash with St Mary's Old Boys.

Beaten finalists Weston-super-Mare and Cleve have byes to the quarter-finals. In the Vase, Ashley Down have been drawn at home to Bishopston.

Combination Cup draw: Dings Crusaders v St Mary's, North Bristol v Clifton, Yatton v Barton Hill, Whitehall v Thornbury, Avonmouth v Clevedon, Bristol Harlequins v Keynsham. Byes: Weston-super-Mare, Cleve.

Combination Vase draw: St Bernadettes v Old Elizabethans, Old Colstonians v BAC, Kingswood or Old Bristolians v Chew Valley, Aretians v Southmead, Imperial v Bristol Barbarians, Ashley Down v Bishopston, Cotham Park or Broad Plain v Frampton Cotterell, Bristol Saracens v Chipping Sodbury or Winscombe.



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