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Rugby Tackles Bollywood



February 2010 - As part of a charity campaign to raise funds in aid of Khelo Rugby, Hartpury College sports student and Indian International, Sailen Tudu, was joined by French international legend and London Wasps’ Serge Betsen, at a charity event at The Duke of Cumberland's Head pub in Clifton (Oxon).

Last week’s curry evening kicked off a host of fund raising activities for Khelo Rugby, a dedicated community sports programme set up by Calcutta’s Jungle Crows rugby club to help disadvantaged and socially excluded children around their city.

This Easter, a group of Hartpury students and volunteers, led by Sailen Tudu, are travelling to Calcutta and Tudu's jungle-based village to help establish the programme and meet the children. Phil Vickery’s Raging Bull Sportswear has donated all the playing kits for the kids’ rugby tournament that is taking place during the trip, again as organised by Tudu.

Other fundraising events include two gigs in Cheltenham and a Golf Day featuring local rugby stars.

-          Wednesday 24th February - The Front Rooms, Cheltenham

-          Saturday 27th February - The Frog and Fiddle, Cheltenham

-          Wednesday 10th March – Golf Day, Forest Hills, Coleford (Glos)

For more information on the Khelo programme and the entire fund raising events please visit and if you would like to make a donation visit

Editor’s Notes:

Founded in 2004, the Jungle Crows is based in Calcutta, were founded in 2004 and have worked amongst disadvantaged young people for 5 years.  Started as a ‘bit of fun’ they have become a centre of community activity for the boys and girls involved with them where players have been selected for the national team and the Crows girls’ team is already India’s number 1 ranked team.

Rugby Uncle is a new charity founded in the UK in 2009 and has already worked with children involved in rugby in India, by supporting coaches at a school for tribal children.

ã Photograph courtesy of Richard Lane/Richard Lane Photography.