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JWT x 15

Fans of our esteemed baritone John Ward Turner were delighted at a recent Westcombe Park rugby match to find no fewer than fifteen JWTs present at the same time.


Will the real JWT sit down please?

John, who still waves a mean flag at the age of 73, was running the line for Westcombe Park when a group of members and friends known as the Gumbos descended on the match, cheering his every move.

John, as you can see, took the jape in good spirit (though less so when half a dozen choir members, led by his old mucker Kim Ormond, repeated the trick at the last Sandilands rehearsal).

John, known as a talkative (i.e. lippy) scrum-half, played for Westcombe Park until 1987.  In his days as First XV captain he was renowned for his agile footwork and scored a number of spectacular tries. (John claims he cannot remember any of them and in any case he always selflessly passed the ball to his fly half.)

As an touch judge (rugby word for lino) he still keeps up with the game, although according to a fellow member who shall remain anonymous* some oppo players complain that he favours the home side – a charge that is entirely unjust and which John indignantly rejects.

So how long can our John keep going?  Watch this space!

(*St*w*art R*bins*n)

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