Day: 23 October 2019

Spartans talk Inclusive Rugby at Freshfields

Spartans were invited to take part in a ‘Lunch and Learn’ session organised by the Halo (LGBT+) Committee at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP to present an overview of the club and help stimulate discussion around the topic of LGBT+ participation in sport and inclusivity in rugby.

Joshua from the Spartans 1st XV joined Freshfields’ own golfing expert, George Matthews and rugby playing, Francis Norman on the panel alongside Footballer and Broadcaster, Helen Roberts-Hardy who’s recent BBC Sounds Podcast about Tribalism in Football is worth checking out here.

It was great to be welcomed so warmly and also to see a couple of Spartans’ players in the audience who themselves work at the company. Thanks for the opportunity.


Just a few months after refereeing the 2019 IGR Union Cup Final between your very own Manchester Village Spartans’ 1st XV and the Kings Cross Steelers 1st XV, world renowned International Rugby referee, Nigel Owens is set to ref the Rugby World Cup Semi-final on Saturday between England and New Zealand in Yokohama, Japan with a kick-off at 9am UK time.

Watch the match live on ITV at Sale Sports Club with breakfast from 8am.  You can pre-order a big Full English from or order a Half-Time Barm on arrival.

For all the latest match and team information visit the Rugby World Cup website here.

Visit our website for directions to our brand new clubhouse here


(Main Photo: Ref Nigel Owens between the Kings Cross Steelers and Village Spartans at The Union Cup, Dublin Final 2019)

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