Prop forward runs into history books

July 30 2020
Prop forward runs into history books

THE name Tom Palacio is now surely written into Wells Rugby Club history as the first prop forward from the club to complete a marathon since the club was first formed in 1876.

Wells’ rugby season ended prematurely in the middle of March with the onset of Covid-19 and a number of events had to cancelled. Among them was the annual James (Pud) Pullen event which raises funds for Brain Research. James was a popular member of the club who sadly passed away at Christmas 2015 from a brain tumour. Just 28 at the time of his death, James had undergone five years of treatment.

Into the breach however stepped Tom, three months training and off he went with his running mate, Jake Smith. He may not have broken any records, but he has raised over £3,300 for the charity.

The club have announced that pre-season training will start on Tuesday, August 4, at 7pm at the Charter Way ground. It will of course comply with the then current RFU regulations. There is no news of the season starting, but a refurbished clubhouse is waiting to welcome players and spectators.

News that former Wells junior player Ewan Richards has now been signed into the senior Bath Rugby Academy. Ewan, who has already represented England under18s, mentions Wells club chairman Nick Heath as haven given him a good understanding of the game when he was coaching him at Wells.

A new coach for Wells Colts next season, Dan Meehan. He is a coach with the Bath Developing Player Programme and has also worked at Saracens. With his experience he will be an asset to the club.