The 21st Regimental Rugby - 4th September

The 21st Regimental Rugby match versus Wymondham RFC will be on Saturday the 4th of September 2021. Kick off is at 1300hrs with the game taking place at Barnard Fields, Bray Drive, Wymondham, Norfolk, NR18 0GQ

For the last 21 years serving soldiers and veteran’s from all our Battalions have answered the call to gather once a year to reunite and remember those who have fallen, the families and the wider community that we have all represented in our fantastic Regiment; as the years tick by older soldiers have now also been joined by their sons to keep the tradition alive, the ages now range from 16-66.

The driving force and motivation behind it all is Ian ‘Wilky’ Wilkins; who with the support of a dedicated and enthusiastic committee have arranged all these matches that have been played across the whole of our Regimental area, see below for previous matches, often drinking the bars dry, in true Royal Anglian tradition! (Belgrave, Camelot and Rochford RFCs can confirm).

The aim of the day is to reunite, play rugby, drink, laugh and celebrate the lives of those no longer with us, and thereby raise money for the Royal Anglian Benevolent fund and some chosen charities in the area where we play. We have raised around £20,000 in the last 21 years.

 

This year we will also be raising funds for two local charities are ‘Nelson Journey’, who fantastic support for children and young people who have experienced the death of a significant person, and ‘Stand Easy’, whose aim is to help veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The game’s preamble contains the reading of the Roll of Honour from the year 2000 which is a list of soldiers from the Regiment who have fallen in conflict. This is accompanied by a bugler playing the Last Post before a minutes silence is observed followed by Reveille calling all to wake. The game is played (well by some and less so by others).

The team are always well supported by a travelling group who are well behaved and dress in a special one-off rugby shirt or polo for the event with the largest turnout exceeding 100 supporters. This supporting ‘Army’ are always thirsty and have the reputation of drinking clubs dry.

See the opponents website