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Please Don’t Bring Your Dog to the Rugby Club

2 months ago By Tim Platt

Unfortunately, there are a significant number of people who walk their dogs across our rugby pitches and training areas.

You may, or may not, be aware that Dog faeces can contain a rather nasty parasite that is quite devastating to humans.

As Rugby players are regularly in contact with the ground they are at above average risk of coming into contact with this parasite in areas where dogs have been allowed to use as a toilet. A few of years ago one of our own players was unfortunate to contract Toxocariasis and nearly lost the sight in an eye.

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Toxocariasis/Pages/Introduction.aspx
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/rugby-player-loses-foot-after-6264505
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/schoolgirl-left-dog-poo-gum-12240396

The only way of avoiding this problem 100% is to exclude dogs from all areas where rugby is played.

Although the Club fully appreciates that it’s members with dogs are responsible owners unfortunately not all dog owners are. The Groundsman, and others members of the Club House Team, have received unpleasant verbal abuse from people who think they have a right to let dogs roam free across our grounds and pitches. This situation is made more complicated If the public see a member of the Club with a dog on our grounds. It adds to the perception that this is okay for everyone to do.

Regretfully, the Committee has come to the conclusion that the only fair way of managing this is to stop dogs from being brought onto the Club's premises.

Above is a map of the Club grounds, which clearly shows the areas where dogs are not allowed in future and also shows the public footpath (blue line) which runs along the northern boundary of our grounds, before cutting down towards the river (just beyond Pitch 4). If you are going to take your dog for a walk along the footpath please keep it on a lead and stick strictly to the path.

Updated 15:15 - 10 Nov 2017 by Tim Platt

Where next?

England v Australia Autumn International Ticket Application Forms must arrive no later than Friday 22nd September 2017 – No late applications
ACADEMY 2017/18 Season starts this Sunday - 3rd September - 12.15pm!

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