Clifton Rugby under 16s to play in Northern France to Celebrate 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme

Uncategorized, Village News Posted by Clifton BID on 9 September 2016 Return to News & Events


Clifton Rugby Club has always shown great respect for its traditions, heritage and over the years has a long history of overseas tours.

The current Under 16 group of players are no exception and will be in Northern France playing at a tournament in Amiens over the October half term. This event featuring teams from many countries is marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme in which many rugby clubs lost players.  Clifton lost 44 players during World War 1 and many of these young men were only a few years older than the Under 16 boys. Their names are recorded on the war memorial at the Cribbs Causeway ground.  Each November senior and junior club members pay their respect in an act of remembrance around the memorial.The boys will visit the battlefields and participate in an act of remembrance.

Clifton Vice President   and former team captain Aftab Hamid has coached these young players through the age groups and with parent Fiona Stringfellow is arranging the trip and fundraising.

Aftab comments that “this will be a powerful experience for the players who will learn much off the pitch about sacrifices and appreciate the true values of rugby football we install in our guys. Overseas tours expose players to other cultures and international understanding. ”

One of the leading players Moniee Wilson typifies the commitment of this group by cycling or catching a bus to the club from St Paul’s at least three times a week to train, play and help out on 1st XV match days.

Clifton President John Raine, who himself toured extensively with the club, says “this is a wonderful experience and underlines how our game can develop young people for life through an appreciation of others. Some of our young players would not normally get such opportunities”

Contributions to support the tour may be made via or a discussion with Fiona at


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