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    Posted: 26 Dec 2012 at 21:43
As a relative newcomer to the game, is there a particular reason that league games are not played on Boxing Day? Even if it meant there was a free Saturday before or after Christmas, surely this would be beneficial to the clubs with bigger gates etc?

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Dec 2012 at 21:58
Because rugby players like to get nailed on Xmas day. Having played in numerous bixing say games I can honestly say that I wouldn't fancy a league game. Hence the usual Boxing Day friendly. Today's at freindly against DK at Stour had a load of fans putting money behind the bar, so the clubs win either way. Also Boxing Day falls on diff days which can impact ability of players to recover, ok if your in the prem with a massive squad
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Dec 2012 at 22:01
In a word Ste Vo ........ Families!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Dec 2012 at 07:58
Cheers guys, thought as much but just wondered if there was some league rule in place preventing games on Boxing Day.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Dec 2012 at 08:35
Boxing day used to be a big rugby day but the introduction of leagues made an initial impact that has increased as the years have gone by.

I recall going to games at Northampton and milling about in a car park as no one in or outside the ground seemed sure what the kick off time was - amateur days.

I am actually surprised there was the Stour v DK game but there will have been more games the lower down the league structure, I believe.

Many traditional games used to be fairly err robust in character as they were usually local derbies.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Dec 2012 at 09:15
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Many traditional games used to be fairly err robust in character as they were usually local derbies.

Always use to play Rotherham on Boxing Day, yes very robust! Got home after one match having ended up in hospital having my head shaved so that stitches could be inserted into head wound, the lady of the house was not amused when I walked in with head bandaged up as we had guests. Robust but fun.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Dec 2012 at 09:16
Hammer, i think the Stour v DK Boxing Day festivities/fisticuffs are friendlies between the Colts sides and one or two of the amateur teams at both clubs. 

Does that type of Boxing Day still happen elsewhere?


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Dec 2012 at 09:34
There is surely no reason this year why matches should not be played on the 29th! On Boxing Day PG played a match Colts v Ex-colts,proceeds to charity. But the 29th?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Dec 2012 at 09:44
Originally posted by Puli. Puli. wrote:

Originally posted by hammer hammer wrote:


Many traditional games used to be fairly err robust in character as they were usually local derbies.

Always use to play Rotherham on Boxing Day, yes very robust! Got home after one match having ended up in hospital having my head shaved so that stitches could be inserted into head wound, the lady of the house was not amused when I walked in with head bandaged up as we had guests. Robust but fun.

Head shaved? Those were the days, eh Puli? Rugby in the 1950s must have been super!

Ionians always used to have a wonderful Boxing Day game, Exiles versus the club. There was a period where it was a really quite decent standard with a lot of very good players turning out on both sides.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Dec 2012 at 10:34
Bromsgrove have a traditional Boxing Day match called "The Davenport Cup" contested between Marrieds and Singles (Plus a few ringers) Port is served at half time LOL Sadly cancelled this year due to the pitches being unplayable, damned weather! We used to have a New Years day format where the Vets and the Colts played each other but due to the young age of the colts in recent seasons it is no longer allowed. 

Both these games were great ways to get a blast of fresh air after the rigors of the festivities.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Dec 2012 at 10:35
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The tradition has not changed. I have been going to the club for several years to watch the exiles game and yesterday was no exception.
There was a large crowd and the event went on into the night (the music and merriment not the game !!) Some people now make it a family affair. The game was very entertaining and played in the right spirit. 
I would also suspect that there was a welcome ringing of the tills so if any club needs extra revenue (and don't we all ?) give it a go next year.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Dec 2012 at 10:45
I certainly remember the Boxing Day games when I was a child and it was very much a family tradition to go back then. We went yesterday with our children and had a lovely time, fresh air and a few beverages! Long may these games continue!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Dec 2012 at 11:00
The Stour Vs DK colts game went ahead at a very muddy Stourton yesterday.  Both sets of lads struggled manfully against the conditions with DK coming out 28-0 victors.

Stourbridge were fine hosts and dogged opposition. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Dec 2012 at 11:08
lydney V Gloucester at Kingsholm was always a great occassion, big local crowd and a competitive game. The return leg used to take place at regentsholm over the easter holiday.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Dec 2012 at 11:21
Originally posted by strent strent wrote:



lydney V Gloucester at Kingsholm was always a great occassion, big local crowd and a competitive game. The return leg used to take place at regentsholm over the easter holiday.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Dec 2012 at 12:51
We used to have a local game in the morning at Wigston, then down to Welford Road for the Barbarians game.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Dec 2012 at 14:46
Redruth v Camborne Boxing Day Derby still VERY much alive. 1000 people saw Redruth (in the rain) retain the Rodda's Milk Cup 17-5 yesterday.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Dec 2012 at 16:11
As mentioned by Redhead a good turnout yesterday for Redruth v Camborne with both sides going at it despite the mud.
 
Also good crowds I hear for Falmouth v Penryn and Hayle v St. Ives two other traditional Cornish festive derbies.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Dec 2012 at 17:12
Originally posted by Ste Vo Ste Vo wrote:

Hammer, i think the Stour v DK Boxing Day festivities/fisticuffs are friendlies between the Colts sides and one or two of the amateur teams at both clubs. 

Does that type of Boxing Day still happen elsewhere?




It's all teams bar the 1st xv.....until about 4yrs ago we used to put a mixed 1st and dev team out. I have very fond memories of those games, very physical.... That's when I got the flicknife name handed to me!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Dec 2012 at 20:48
Clifton at Bath on Boxing Day was always fun, as was the New Years Day game with Bristol, and good crowds of course.
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