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SHEFFIELD VULCANS VS SWANSEA VIKINGS

Date: Saturday 28th April 2018
Location: Swansea Uplands RUFC

Some of the Sheffield Vulcans had an early start to make the journey down to Swansea on Saturday. The team were excited to journey to Wales to play against the Swansea Vikings in what is only the Vulcans third game since forming in August 2017.

In surprisingly bright weather, the game kicked off with 2 teams of 15 including a few Vikings donning a red Vulcan shirt. The Vikings took an early lead but the Vulcans scored a try of their own shortly afterwards and starting applying the pressure.

Praised by Vikings for the quality of tackles, the Vulcans made some superb contact and were able to stop several phases in their tracks with strong wrap ups and made a valiant effort to maul several times, something which the new team have yet to full put into practise in training.

With Vikings on both sides of the pitch, the game was full of friendliness, banter and sportsmanship as players mixed across teams and moved into different positions. The Vulcans kept the Vikings on their toes with speed from Julio and Simon, and powerhouse tackles from Scott, Patrick and Front Row- Sam Hague-Nickels on his first appearance for the Vulcans.

The final score gave the Swansea Vikings a win of 47-17 but the Sheffield Vulcans came away with more game experience, confidence in ability, and a promise of a rematch next season up in Sheffield. Scott achieved the impossible and managed to have a sunburnt face from a high of 12oc.

Man of the Match was awarded to Patrick Hignell, for his presence all over the pitch, as if teleporting from one tackle to another, and Michael Hudson for his multi-tasking as 8, 9, 10, kicker and throwing in for line outs throughout the game.

Michael and PatrickAfter a refreshing shower and the strapping up of a broken finger or two, both teams gathered in the clubhouse for some food and well deserved drinks. Both teams spoke about the IGR and the Vikings gave some great advice gleamed from their early days and set up in 2015.

Many thanks to Swansea Vikings for being spectacular hosts and creating a stellar atmosphere both on and off the pitch.

Photography by Ian Glover.

Sheffield Vulcans bare all to raise money for cancer charities.

Players of Sheffield Vulcans RUFC stripped off on Saturday 14th April to take part in a naked photo shoot to raise awareness about testicular cancer and inclusive rugby.

Sheffield Vulcans are one of six rugby teams across the UK that will be included in The Naked Rugby Players Calendar 2019. Later in the year, the calendar will be available to purchase and the money will go to supporting the inclusive rugby clubs involved and ‘Balls to Cancer’, a charity aiming to increase awareness and provide information for men to check themselves for symptoms of testicluar cancer.

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During a shoot lasting around four hours, nine players of Sheffield Vulcans were brave enough to bare all for a series of photos inspired by renaissance art. Scenes such as ‘the creation of Adam’ take on a new tone as the players appear in the nude and incorporate rugby balls and equipment.

Craig, a Vulcans Prop, said It was quite nerve-wracking at the start but later on felt kind of liberating and definitely a good team bonding experience! There’s kind of not much to feel awkward about with a group of people when you’ve just been stood naked with them”

Sheffield Vulcans RUFC give thanks to Sheffield Hallamshire RUFC for offering the use of their clubhouse for the photoshoot and we look forward to visiting your ground in Crookes again soon!

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Photographer Monty McKinnen said, “I have so much admiration for these guys who bared all for charity. 200,000 men are diagnosed with cancer every year. 80,000 of those will die from their cancer. 

“It’s time we got to grips and get a hand on the situation. I hope this calendar empowers guys to check their packages more often and to feel comfortable talking about male cancers.”

The Naked Rugby Players Calendar is published by Diverse Publishing Ltd. For more information visit www.thenakedrugbyplayers.com

Balls To Cancer is a registered charity in the UK. Set up in 2011, Balls To Cancer supports sufferers and families dealing with cancer as well promoting awareness of cancer. More information can be found on their website at – www.ballstocancer.co.uk

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Sheffield Vulcans to play Swansea Vikings

Sheffield Vulcans will be making their way down to Swansea at the end of April for their first game against Swansea Vikings. 

Saturday 28th April will see the Vulcans, formed in August 2017, travel to play the Vikings at their home base.

Sheffield Vulcans who have already confirmed their appearances are: Patrick Hignell, Scott Mackay, Simon Green, Craig Waterhouse, Michael Hudson and Ash Martin with more to announce shortly.

Watch this space for more news about location, time, and how you can show your support for Inclusive Gay Rugby whether you are able to come and watch or not.

Don’t forget to follow Sheffield Vulcans on social media @SheffVulcans / #SheffVulcans

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Sheffield Vulcans VS Chester Centurions

Date: Saturday 27th January 2018
Location: Manchester Enterprise Academy

The Sheffield Vulcans took to the pitch against the Chester Centurions on Saturday a for superb 80 minutes between the two new clubs. Since launching in August 2017, this was the second Inclusive Gay Rugby match for the team and several Vulcans took to the pitch for the first time.

The game wall full of energy from start to finish and right from the off saw some amazing contact and communication from players on both sides. Sheffield Vulcans took an early lead with a try from Patrick Hignell who continued to shine with his tackling throughout the game.

Other Vulcan tries were scored by Scott Mackay, Michael Hudson, Julio Jimenez , Rex Li, and Jack Semmence. Centurions kept the Vulcans on their toes by scoring 3 tries themselves. Speed was the Vulcans’ weapon of choice and the game showcased the hard work of both teams on passing, scrums, tackles and more.

After a few failed conversions, Michael Hudson hit his stride as a first time kicker and converted 4 tries, taking the final score to 68-15 to the Sheffield Vulcans.

Both teams freshened up and retired to the Sale Rugby Club where they relaxed with some food and a well earned pint and got to know each other better. Joined by some of the Manchester Spartans and some of the Northampton Outlaws, the IGR family grew even stronger.

Sheffield Vulcans Man of the Match was shared by Jack Semmence for his full length pitch runs and Scott Mackay for his battering ram like tackles.

Huge thank you to all those who came to support both teams and a big pat on the back for all the players. A fantastic game for two fledgling teams!

 

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Sheffield Vulcans join IGR

The brand-new club became the 13th active, inclusive rugby club in England and part of the LGBT sporting body known as International Gay Rugby (IGR).

On December 11th, Sheffield Vulcans became the 68th member of International Gay Rugby, with associate membership status.

Sheffield joins other major cities in the North of England with Gay and Inclusive Rugby Clubs following Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle and Manchester (whose Village Spartans were one of the world’s first ever Gay Rugby Union Clubs created back in 1998)

Since launching in August 2017, Sheffield Vulcans have already played a game and have another planned for the new year.

Sheffield Vulcans First Game

Sheffield Vulcan players travelled across the Pennines and played their first ever match – a competitive development game against Manchester Village Spartans 3rd.

With energy and enthusiasm and a lot of wind and rain, the Vulcans got their first official game under their belt.

Striking up friendships with other members of the IGR, the Vulcans enjoyed the hospitality of the Spartans and enjoyed sharing stories and experiences once everyone had cleaned up and had some food.

Final Score: 29-5 to the Spartans (but we were pretty happy for our first match)
Vulcans Man of the Match: Tom Leighton