by Daniel Dyer
Seven Canterbury’s touch rugby players have been selected to represent England in the European Championships in Nottingham in July.
Matthew Davis, Max Howard, Daniel Mayall and Vaughn Meredith were all part of the England men’s open team that travelled to Australia to compete in the NSW State Cup in December and have been selected again for the Euros as the team builds towards the World Cup in Malaysia next year.
Touch is a fast-paced, minimal-contact version of rugby played by both single-gender and mixed teams with six players from each team on the field at any time.
The sport has grown massively in England in recent years and Canterbury Touch is one of the country’s leading clubs.
On the women’s side, former under-18s international Danni Payten has made the step up to the England women’s open squad.
Touch is a game for all ages and this is reflected at the highest level with seniors and masters teams an integral part of the championships.
Suzanne Wilson has been selected in the women’s over-35s while Tom Humphreys is in the senior mixed squad, aiming for a repeat of the gold medal he won in Jersey two years ago.
It’s not just in the playing ranks that Canterbury is represented. Charlie Meredith has been selected to referee at the championships and Marc Boyd will be assistant coach of the England men’s over-45s team.
The European Touch Championships run from July 18 to 21 in Nottingham and matches will be live streamed on the internet.
Canterbury Touch trains all year round and new members of any age and ability are always welcome.
Adult beginners and seniors sessions are on Thursdays from 6.30pm until 8pm at Canterbury RFC’s Marine Travel Ground in Merton Lane.
Juniors aged six to 16 train at the Simon Langton Boys School from 4pm until 6pm on Fridays.
In the summer Canterbury Touch runs a league on Wednesday nights with both social and competitive divisions.
This year’s league runs from 9th May until 27th June. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to enter a team.