Team Talk

_DSC4359Enthusiastic rugby players,
and now sponsors,
Rampton Baseley are
backing the Ironsides

When it comes to rugby, you will have to go a long way to find a more committed fan than Patrick Rampton. The former London Scottish player is so passionate that virtually every business analogy that comes out of his mouth relates to the rugby field. This irritating habit reached new heights during the recent Lions’ tour. I really do think that Paddy honestly believes that he could have done a better job than Warren Gatland and let’s face it Gatland did a pretty decent job.

I, on the other hand, have nowhere near as broader knowledge on the subject but I have been a lifelong member of Hertford RFC and am still nursing a shoulder injury from a “social game” I played in a couple of years ago.

The point is that we both love rugby and when the opportunity came up to be the lead sponsor of the Battersea Ironsides, our thriving local rugby club, we didn’t hesitate. It is well reported that the Ironsides boasts the largest playing membership in Europe (possibly the world). The club has also made headlines in the sports pages for being the breeding ground for one of Englands brightest news stars – Kyle Sinkler. Of course one area where Gatland and Rampton agreed 100% was the selection of Sinkler, the formidable tight head prop who had a tremendous tour. This is remarkable given that he only had his first England cap a matter of months before they left for NZ.

3Kyle Sinkler (second from right), who started at Ironsides, in the Lions 2017 line-up.  ©Huw Evans / REX / Shutterstock

It should be no surprise that Battersea Ironsides was Sinkler’s introduction to rugby. The club is at the very heart of our community, a hub of sporting excellence. It is known for being fun and inclusive, an excellent club socially. To be associated, is an honour.

Come on Ironsides!

Joel Baseley


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