In pictures: Windsor Rugby Club mini tournament

In pictures: Windsor Rugby Club mini tournament

Simon Meechan

In pictures: Windsor Rugby Club mini tournament

Young rugby players revelled in some good conditions at Windsor Rugby Club's mini tournament.

A downpour on Saturday softened up the pitches for the 1,500 players representing clubs from Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Surrey and West London.

But clear weather on Sunday allayed any fears of a washout and the youngsters got stuck into the action at Home Park in Datchet Road.

Windsor RFC Youth chairman Drew Youds said: "There's about 1,500 players here, then all their families and coaches. It's huge."

Both Windsor RFC and their neighbours Maidenhead brought 11 teams on the day.

Drew explained that Saturday's rain 'took the top off the surface' which helped make it safe so the boys and girls avoided any serious grazes.

Both Windsor's under 12s and under 10s took Drew's eye, with the chairman saying the club's squads played well.

Barbecues, ice creams and refreshments kept the hungry players satisfied throughout the day.

The annual event is the highlight of the youth rugby calendar in Windsor and a popular fixture in the area.

"It's the first event on the calendar and probably the biggest," added Drew.

Teams taking part:  Amersham & Chiltern, Beaconsfield,   Bracknell, Hammersmith, Henley, Ealing, Maidenhead,  Old Albanians (St Albans),  Redingensians (Reading), Reeds Weybridge, Richmond, Rosslyn Park,  Sutton & Epsom, Windsor.

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