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RFU lift suspension 
Following the allegations in the Mail on Sunday the RFU on request of Wisbech Rugby club issued former under 13 couch Leonard Veenendaal with a temporary suspension order. A submission from Veenendaal and the RFU's own investigation saw the RFU lift the suspension order. However to date Wisbech Rugby Club's have not followed the RFU's lead, nor have they conducted their own investigation or awarded Veenendaal the opportunity to put his case. If the sport's governing body can find no reason to take action, WRUFC Committee's actions smell of personal agenda's and small mindedness.


Wisbech Warriors 1998 - 2003 
A name original given to the squad by former Mini/youth chairman Richard Pinning when he register the team for the Six Counties 7's championships which they also won. For more on former players present achievements, list of major achievements and a complete player index stretching from under 9's to under 13's....


Legal response follows Wisbech Committee's banning of former coach
The unjust over hastily banning of Leonard Veenendaal former under 13's couch has widely been condemned throughout the club membership, coaches and players. Recently the club received a legal letter form Veenendaal's attorney's with possible very embarrassing legal action to follow.......make up your own mind


West Norfolk establish girls academy for 11 - 16 year olds  

West Norfolk women's rugby team, currently league champions, will be playing in National Division 2 East League. The side is coached and managed by Malcolm Baker. 
Currently the team have 1 England u/19, who started out with the girls u16 team only two seasons ago.
This ambitious side are looking for new players to join this successful squad and help put a 5 year plan into effect - to be be premiership Division 2 and Norfolk's premier women's side. To achieve this West Norfolk are forming a girls rugby academy for 11 to 16 year olds that will take place on Saturday mornings at West Norfolk Rugby Club. Says Malcolm "I invite any wife, girlfriend, mother, daughter and friend of your players and club to join us on a Wednesday night for fun summer training and touch rugby. We have a full social calendar and playing calendar with matches on Sundays. I hope you will help us to promote women's rugby."

If you wish to contact Malcolm for more information please call 0776 369 8685 or email malcolm@baker884.fsworld.co.uk  

Wisbech Rugby Club junior presentation evening - 17 May 2003
Wisbech Rugby Club medal and trophy presentation evening was recently held at the club......

From Mini's to Juniors: Under 13 statistics and results 1999 - 2003
We reflect on the progression of arguably the best Wisbech Mini/Junior side.......

Mini Rugby round up - 2002/03 Season 
A summary of mini rugby from u/7 to u/12......


Under 13s - Sunday 27/04/03
Boston 7's Festival

Norfolk County Champions Wisbech under 13's had been promised a competitive day with important teams from all over the region and full media coverage. What they actually got was a howling gale, three embarrassingly easy victories, and one half-decent game winning the tournament by a staggering 166 points to only 5 conceded.....

Under 13's - Saturday 19/04/03
Wisbech 20         Staines 5 

The previous weeks lost to Cambridge hurt and when the opportunity to make amends and end of the season with a win the boys grabbed it! The opportunity came in the form of an invitation to play Staines RFC on tour in a Saturday fixture.... [7's squad announced]. 

Under 13s - Sunday 13/04/03
Wisbech 27          Cambridge 29   
With the cricket pitches already marked out, this fixture had something of an end of season feeling about it as the cup-winning Wisbech side lost an enthralling match in the dying seconds at Harecroft Road on Sunday.....

1st XV - Saturday 12/04/03
Wisbech 13         Crusaders 16 

Crusaders grabbed a dramatic lifeline at the Harecroft Road Ground on Saturday with a penalty kick in injury-time to snatch victory, and thus a priceless 16 - 13 win putting them clear over relegation rivals Newmarket and Wisbech.....

Notice of Annual General  Meeting: To be held at The Club House, Monday 19th May 2003 at 7:30 pm 
Contrary to the official notice that went out to all club members stating that "no Nominees will be acceptable on the evening of the AGM" is.....

Our dream WRUFC XV...........updated
After quite some substantial debate Wisbechrugby.org.uk and its selection committee of 10, made up of some of the finest knowledgeable rugby connoisseurs have selected a “hypothetical” 1st choice ‘dream club XV, made up from the 1st XV across all the youth teams.....

Norfolk County Cup Final - Sunday 30/03/03 
The Wisbech under 13's have done it!

It was a fired up Wisbech side with only one purpose sin mind, to win, to win well and to do it with style - and the boys in red delivered! Playing superb clinical rugby the Wisbech side were absolutely ruthless in their demolishing of Diss     [Full match report and photos click here...]  

Preview: Wisbech v Diss - Cup Final Sunday 30/03/03  
Wisbech coaches Andy Anderson, Leonard Veenendaal & Chris White have taken a leaf out of the Basil Fawlty's "Don't mention the war" book in talking down their side's chances of the first ever County Cup win for a Wisbech side, and rightly so, given..... 

Under 13s - Sunday 16/03/03
Wisbech 39          West Norfolk 0

On a dry pitch and in warm and sunny conditions, Wisbech felt able to start without six first team players, and the coaches' confidence was soon rewarded with a try from.....

1st XV - Saturday 15/03/03 
Thurston 47          Wisbech 0 

The injury curse that has beset the Wisbech 1st XV this season is continuing to inflict damage and costing valuable league points. The latest addition Mark Martin who broke his leg ending his recent good form.....

Under 13s Cup semi-final - Sunday 09/03/03
Wisbech 24          North Walsham 12

Previous meetings this season between these two old rivals have ended in deadlock, and so it was crucial to Wisbech's hopes of progressing to the final of the Cup that they imposed themselves early against the visitors from Norfolk. Everything went according to script as two dazzling tries from.....

Rugby World - February 2003  
Ben Dawson a former Wisbech Rugby Club and Grammar School pupil left Wisbech in 1998 to further his rugby career with Gresham's School in Holt, Norfolk.....