Rugby: Rebuilding starts with recruitment drive

Hadleigh RUFC, who pulled out of the London Leagues last week, have launched a recruiting campaign as the club bids to rebuild for next season.

Chairman John Halls said Hadleigh would be formally applying to join Eastern Counties division 2 for next season, with the eventual aim of getting back into the London Leagues.

"It has been a really difficult two weeks, but we have to pick ourselves up and get focused on the future and try to rebuild the club on a more stable platform," he said.

Hadleigh have suffered a player shortage all season, and after calling off a third league match were left with no option but to quit London League division 3NE.

The club is now actively seeking players for next season, and plans an advertising campaign in and around the town to encourage players to come to Layham Road.

"The RFU is launching a GoPlayRugby campaign in April," said Halls, "and we hope to tap into that.

"We are running only one senior side next season, so all our resources will be focused on player recruitment and retention, ensuring we have a strong and talented pool of players.

"We have a thriving youth and minis section, with under-17s coming through from next season, and they will help us build the future of the club."

For more information ring Halls on 01473 822707 or 07749 486166.

On Saturday Hadleigh are home to Ipswich in the Suffolk League, and hope to bring the kick-off forward so that players can then watch the three Six Nations matches in the clubhouse afterwards.