West Indies to make debut at MX9s

Twelve rugby league and union clubs will converge on St Albans Centurions? Woollams ground next Sunday (16 May) to compete in a qualifying event for the second annual MX9s competition. The MX9s began last year with a successful event hosted by the Federation of Middlesex Societies and London Skolars at New River Stadium, with the Royal Engineers beating the Skolars in the final.

The St Albans tournament will see a mixture of League and union clubs play under League nine-a-side rules, with first ever appearances by the West Indies Rugby League and a South African Select team.

Local rugby fans will be familiar with the Old Albanians and Fullerians union clubs, both of whom have close links with the Centurions, while many of the south-east?s top League clubs will visit for this festival of rugby the day after the Powergen Challenge Cup Final in Cardiff. The winners of the St Albans tournament will be invited to the MX9s main event at New River on Sunday 18 July.

The event, will take the form of a round robin tournament with 4 groups of 3 teams. Each team will play each other and there will be a trophy, shield and plate final series. The tournament draw will take place before St Albans Centurions? National League 3 fixture with Carlisle on Sunday 9 May. The groups kick off at 12.30pm with the final scheduled for 5.20pm. Food and drink will be available all afternoon at Woollams, which is on Harpenden Road (A1081), easily accessible from Junction 9 or 10 of the M1.

Teams: St Albans Centurions, Ipswich Rhinos, Luton Vipers, Haringay Hornets, Parachute Regiment, NG7, Metropolitan Police, West Indies, South African select, West London Sharks, Old Albanians RFC, Fullerians RFC.

For more information email [email protected] or call Gary Tetlow on 07713472091. You can also find out more by visiting www.stalbanscenturions.com