Rugby match honours soldiers killed in Iraq at Bourne Rugby Club

The players pay their respects

The players pay their respects

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A closely contested memorial rugby match for two soldiers who died in Iraq was played out at Bourne Rugby Club last Saturday.

The game was a memorial to Privates Joseva Lewaicei and Adam Morris of C Company, Second Battalion the Royal Anglian Regiment, who died in 2006 having recently played Bourne in a Poachers XV.

On Saturday a pitch side memorial service was held by the Reverend Andy Hawes ahead of a toast to the two players being remembered and kick off.

A good sized crowd turned out in terrible weather conditions to watch a tight game between Bourne and The Poachers which ended as a 17-17 draw.

Bourne Rugby Club chairman Nigel Lindley said: “The day is of great significance to both the Poachers and Bourne Rugby Club, I felt it also proved an appropriate memorial to other members of the armed forces who do such a valiant job on our behalf.”