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RNLI vs Cornish Fire Service in charity rugby match

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: May 22, 2014

Warming up for the big RNLI v Cornwall's Fire Service match. From left, are Jack Shannon, RNLI, Ian Neal from the fire crew, Patch Harvey, RNLI, and Tom Nicholas, Cornwall Fire Service.

Warming up for the big RNLI v Cornwall's Fire Service match. From left, are Jack Shannon, RNLI, Ian Neal from the fire crew, Patch Harvey, RNLI, and Tom Nicholas, Cornwall Fire Service.

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KEEN eyes may spot a few ringers as RNLI crew members from the Penlee lifeboat and other Cornish stations take on Cornwall Fire Service in a charity rugby match.

Sporting new shorts sponsored by Cornish Crab's Richard Carroll, keen amateurs from Penlee, St Agnes, St Ives, Newquay and Falmouth, and RNLI lifeguards from around Penwith, will line up against firefighters from Penzance and a number of other local stations this Sunday.

The charity game – which will tie in with the pirates' record breaking attempt – kicks off at 2.30pm at the Mennaye Field.

Entry to the game is free but bucket collections will take place for the RNLI and the Firefighters' Charity.

Penlee lifeboat coxswain Patch Harvey, who will don a shirt himself, said: "There will be a barbecue during the game and we're expecting quite a crowd."

Patch refused to be drawn on the identity of any potential local rugby legends who might turn out as ringers.

But he said: "We may well have one or two, and we know the fire service probably will because we know the guys from Orange watch at Penzance have been tapping up the same ringers as us."

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