STORM Ciara kicked Amesbury Rugby Club into touch at the weekend, and has left the club needing hundreds of pounds to repair one of its posts.

The club, which is based on Archers Way, needs to find £800, after one of the posts was completely buckled, and broken beyond repair during the storm.

Duncan Souster, chairman of the club, said: "It is such a pain. We are a brand new club, a couple of years old, and we haven’t got the money lying around for this sort of thing, which is why we launched the fundraiser."

The club do not have any senior rugby games at home scheduled for this weekend, but Duncan says "the saddest part of this" is that they were due to host their first ever juniors fixture (U15 boys) this coming Sunday.

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He added: "This game has already been postponed once, and it is such a big thing for us. That’s the saddest part.

"Lots of work has gone into making this game happen, and the U15 lads are excited to be able to represent their club in an Amesbury shirt for the first time."

The club need to get the posts replaced as soon as possible, as they still have quite a few home fixtures to fulfil in their senior men’s and women’s leagues.

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Duncan said: "We were hoping to be able to draw on our reserves to fund the posts initially, but this is a completely unforeseen expense, so we are asking our local community to help us with recouping some of the costs.

"We have worked hard over the past few years to build an inclusive community club, aiming to eventually cater for all. We are so proud to be up and running with our junior programme."

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