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International stars attract 2,000 crowd to St Agnes rugby festival

By West Briton  |  Posted: May 16, 2013

  • FAN-TASTIC: Supporters in the main grandstand at Enys Parc take in the action between St Agnes Barbarians and Wasps Legends on Saturday.

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MORE than 2,400 rugby fans packed into St Agnes Rugby Club's Enys Parc on Saturday to watch some of the biggest names in the game.

Following the massive success at last year's inaugural event in the village, a Wasps Legends side returned to Cornwall to take on the St Agnes Barbarians.

And yet again it proved to be a day to remember as a Wasps side, containing the likes of England World Cup winner Josh Lewsey and former France international Serge Betsen, stormed to a resounding 65-26 win.

More than £20,000 was raised over the weekend with a percentage of the proceeds going towards Cornwall Air Ambulance and the Wasps Legends' chosen charity, Starlight Children's Foundation.

On Friday evening a black tie charity dinner was held in the marquee at Enys Parc, as rugby fans got the chance to bid for sporting memorabilia in an auction, compered by Kernow King.

On Saturday morning gates opened at 10am, as a number of games took place in the build up to the Wasps Legends game.

St Agnes U15s took part in a rugby sevens game, and that was followed by a bruising encounter between Wasps Ladies and Penryn Ladies.

A St Agnes XV then took on Roseland, and following a display of U12s rugby, supporters took their place to watch the Legends and St Agnes.

Barbarians contained a number of well-known local players, including former Redruth director of rugby David Penberthy, who led the team out on his 57th birthday.

But even after Lewsey, who lives in St Agnes, swapped shirts to play for the hosts in the second half, the Wasps Legends were to still prove too strong.

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