RUGBY UNION: A flicker of good news has lifted the gloom at West Norfolk.
The RFU’s decision to halt the season looked like leaving the RFU Senior Vase semi-finalists and London & North East Three Eastern Counties leaders with nothing to show for their efforts.
However, the RFU have now announced that promotion and relegation will take place, with a points-per-game percentage used to decide things.
It means West Norfolk Rugby Club have been promoted as champions and will go up into London & North East Two, where they will face regional sides Wymondham, Diss, Saffron Walden and Stowmarket,.
News is now eagerly awaited as to what the RFU plan to do about un-played cup games but it hoped they will complete this season’s outstanding ties, including West’s semi-final trip to Chosen Hill in the Senior Vase and the ensuing Twickenham final early next season.
The club also reached the final of the Norfolk RFU Intermediate Vase but that competition has been abandoned with all results expunged.
West Norfolk president Bob Cranner said the whole club was delighted with the surprise news from the RFU.
“This is an outstanding achievement by a team that has won every game it has played this season (22 on the trot).
“A win in the semi-final in Gloucestershire should see the club playing in the final at Twickenham, an occurrence never before having happened in the club’s 95-year history.”
Head coach Darren Clarke added: “Despite the extraordinary end to the season, we are delighted to have our league title and promotion confirmed by the RFU.
“It is just reward for an incredible season in which we maintained a 100 per cent record in both league and cup games.
“It was a massive club effort throughout the season from coaching staff, physio and management on the playing side through to committee, clubhouse staff and volunteers on the club side.
“However, it is the playing squad that should take the plaudits for their determination and performances throughout the season.
“They have certainly written their names into West Norfolk Rugby Club history.
“We look forward to the challenges of playing in a higher league and are also hopeful that the national Vase semi-final can be played at some stage.”