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Peter Pullin Tournament

Peter was educated at St. Brendan’s College in Berkeley Square during the war years. Peter, along with Bill Pitt and Vince organised what was deemed to be the very first, large scale, annual mini rugby tournament in the UK. This very successful tournament, with over 40 teams from all over the country participating, was held annually at St Brendan’s School until 1978 upon Peter’s departure to join the staff at St Mary Redcliffe School.

The tournament continued to be held by St. Brendan’s Old Boys RFC at the Filton Combination Ground still organised by Peter, Bill and Vince but for the Combination clubs and not the schools. Sadly, Peter passed away in 1988, but the Old Boys have kept the tradition going thanks to sterling work from Richard Kolanko, Ray Merchant and Chris Groves. It was Peter‘s tremendous enthusiasm that helped to establish mini rugby in Bristol and that is why he will always be remembered as Mr. Mini Rugby!

The Old Boys are presently striving to survive and are getting stronger thanks to the dedication of ‘The Three Musketeers’ and a fantastic nucleus of helpers. I would like to thank all of those associated today with The Peter Pullin Tournament, named in memory of Mr. Mini Rugby himself. Long may it continue!

Gerry Foley

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