Cavalry in rugby game

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A MINUTE’S silence was observed by rugby players who stood across the Haberden pitch in Bury St Edmunds on Saturday in honour of the late Jo Woodgate, who lost his life in Afghanistan.

The Lance Cpl of Horse from Lavenham, who served with the Household Cavalry, was killed by a grenade while on foot patrol in Sangin in March 2010.

The village’s Royal British Legion had held a friendly football game with his military colleagues and on Saturday a rugby match was staged between the cavalry rugby team from the Armoured Regiment and the Mounted Regiment.

They played a composite team from the Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club at its home ground with the home team winning 29-17.

After the game, team shirts were auctioned and a raffle staged with the day raising £1,700, bringing the total raised to £3,000 to be shared between the Household Cavalry Operational Casualties Fund and the Royal British Legion.

The Houshold Cavalry has had 25 members seriously injured in the last 10 years.