Credit for cohesion: Stuart Irwin looks back on his last season with the England Rugby Union Section, praising all for managing to fulfill sporting commitments despite the industrial dispute. (rugby section).

It is a great credit to all the players and staff involved within Rugby Union section, both at brigade and at international level, in these uncertain times within the Fire Service, the Rugby Union Section could still manage to fulfil both the National Cup Competition and its international and inter-Service fixtures. This speaks volumes for all players and staff involved within the Rugby Union Section.

England Fire Service vs Welsh Fire Brigades

October 9, 2002 saw the first fixture of the season played at Shelford RFC, Cambridgeshire, hosted by CFO Tom Carroll, Cambridge Fire and Rescue Service. Shelford RFC provided the section with superb facilities for this clash of the rugby giants. …

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