The Clinton Rugby Club was established in 1886, and although player numbers have decreased over the years, the club remains tight-knit with high community involvement and support.
Club president John Cleghorn said he was thankful for all the support which kept the club running to a high standard.
‘‘The club has been struggling for players over the past few seasons, but we have a lot of younger guys coming through at the moment which is been great in helping to build an amazing club culture in Clinton.
‘‘A massive thanks to all of our club sponsors, our committee and everyone who helps out behind the scenes, on game days, and our further supporters.
‘‘We wouldn’t do what we do without those people and we’re very grateful.’’
The club is focusing on continuing to strengthen the bond between junior and senior players, which upcoming games and club fundraisers will assist in doing.
The Southern Region Rugby Facebook page included a season preview for all premier teams, including Clinton’s Wild Horses.
‘‘Clinton have once again added numerous players to their roster this season.
‘‘The Wild Horses have benefited from contacts inside SOHS with plenty of school leavers heading down to the Stables again this season.
‘‘These players will combine nicely with the players who arrived last season and got a small taste of premier rugby.
‘‘Clinton still boasts plenty of experience, especially in the forward pack with the likes of hooker Russell Moloney and loose forward Mike Luxmoore already showing their quality this season.
‘‘Clinton’s backs still have a fresh and exciting look to them. They will look to pivot Nick Anderson for leadership and a cool head in pressure situations.
‘‘Clinton has the biggest squad on paper this season and will more than likely need every single player on that list if they want to better their result from last season.
‘‘The players who have already got a taste of premier footy will need to step up and lead by example.
‘‘This could well be an exciting season for the Clinton Wild Horses.’’
Clinton is looking to play to the best of its ability on all fields and the teams look forward to seeing their supporters on the sideline.
If players are looking to join Clinton, feel free to contact Mark Wells on 021 444-238 for premiers inquiries or Joey Herbert on 027 575-1098 for junior player inquiries.