Overlooking city's rugby club should not happen
I FELT obliged to write regarding an article about Derby's bid to host group matches during the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Councillor Paul Bayliss and Marketing Derby's John Forkin seem unaware of Derby Rugby Football Club, in spite of its history of more than 100 years.
I was surprised to see no mention of the club in the article regarding Luke Frixou and Dan Thrasivoulou's selections for the Cypriot national squad.
Mention was made of Luke Frixou's recent appearances for Nottingham – however, no mention of the fact that he progressed to his present level via Derby.
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I have noted that, in recent features on Jonathan Joseph a member of the current England squad – reference was made to his Derby roots, but no acknowledgement was made of the club's role in his early rugby development.
While the 1st XV are currently going through a lean time – largely as a result of the club's determination to remain amateur in a largely semi-professional league – the 1st XV's success is only a part of the raison d'être.
The club provides facilities for both genders and all ages. It is from these young people that the club eventually draws its first XV squad members.
I am surprised and perplexed at the general failure, including that demonstrated by the Telegraph, to acknowledge the club and the role of the club's many volunteers without whom none of it would be possible.
Derby Rugby Club