25th Apr, 2017

Rugby festival joins Six Nations celebrations

SIX NATIONS Rugby fever is in full flow – and the Old Sils is joining the celebrations with its very own Rugby festival this weekend.

The Warwick Road club is hosting a day of events on Saturday (March 18) including a rugby showcase, the RFU intermediate Midlands Cup Final between the Sils and Rugby Lions, live screening of the Irevland v England Six Nations game, live music, food and refreshments.

But there will be an even bigger agenda on the day – raising as much money as possible for the RFU Injured Players Foundation in honour of Lee ‘Window’ Jones – the Sils player who was paralysed from the neck down after a freak accident at the club last April.

The 35-year-old father of young twins was injured in a Midlands League One fixture between Sils and Crewe & Nantwich on April 3 last year.

He was treated on the pitch and then taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where he was operated on before being transferred to a specialist spinal unit in Oswestry for rehabilitation.

He is now back home, close to his family and his one-year-old twins, and continuing his rehabilitation.

Meanwhile, The Old Sils continue to support Lee and his family and are hoping this week’s fundraiser will be a huge success.

“We hope to see as many people as possible for what will be a fantastic day devoted to our wonderful sport and to raise as much money as possible for the Injured Players Foundation which supports Lee and others like him,” said a spokesperson for the club.

This weekend’s rugby festival runs from 12.30 until late Saturday night.