Keen rugby players enjoyed a Friday night of rugby under floodlights at Isle of Wight RFC, as part of the RFU's Friday Night Lights initiative. Offering occasional, returning and new players from the Isle an alternative to the traditional Saturday afternoon fare, the evening was successful in providing a competitive but light-hearted run out to 19 players in total.
The group predominantly featured players connected to the host club, but there were also some new players taking part in the event. Refereed and organised by Hampshire RFU development officer Ivan Torpey in conjunction with IW representatives, the event is the first of a planned series of similar events across the season. Participants availed of complimentary food and drink in the IW's Wootton clubhouse afterwards, where a convivial atmosphere prevailed long into the night. The next such event on the Isle of Wight is planned for February.