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'ands across the water

Vets tournament with an Argentinian flavour....

'ands across the water………..


On Sunday 21st September, Cobham Allstars were delighted to host the visit of a touring side “Pivetes” the “Veteranos de Rugby del Club Los Pinos”, from La Lonja, in Argentina.

Argentinian visitors

Pivetes visited us as the third leg of their European tour, which included matches in Treviso and Dublin over the preceding ten days. A tough schedule…

The afternoon was blessed with blazing sunshine, the like of which we have not enjoyed all summer. A four-way tournament with old friends Guildford Shires and Old Cranleighans plus of course our Argentinian friends was played out; with rules seemingly  varying from game to game (ELV’s? what ELV’s!). Factor 50 sunscreen was more appropriate than Deep Heat, & bruised feet from running (well, walking speedily….) in aluminium studs on hard ground and grassburns were the norm.

Tackling was largely optional and no-one really knew or cared who won what, against whom, and by how much. Suffice to say we acted as complete gentlemen and the perfect hosts and threw all three of our games, before retiring to the bar to quench thirsts and witness a fine and uniquely Argentinian version of the Haka.

It was a pleasure to entertain our overseas visitors and who knows, maybe we can look forward to enjoying their hospitality at some stage in the not too distant future. The invitation stands… watch this space!

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