Boston Buccaneers bring Rugby League to Boston

The Boston Buccaneers.
The Boston Buccaneers.

The Boston Buccaneers is the name given to the new rugby league team which is being launched in the town.

The club, which only formed in January, are set to play in the Merit Division of the Midlands Rugby League.

They will also compete at the Princess Royal Sports Arena, the home of Boston Rugby Club.

Buccaneers co-founder and manager Mark Cleaver is particularly pleased at the close links being forged with Boston Rugby Club.

He said: “I have to say the union club and its committee have been fully supportive.

“Once we had agreed the use of the ground the rest just fell into place.”

The club are proud to have a strong local connection, with players already signed up from Boston, Sleaford, Lincoln and players from RAF Coningsby.

The idea for the club was originally devised by Cleaver (manager of Nottingham Rugby Academy) and head coach Mark Bean (former head coach of Moray Eels RLFC, Scotland Rugby League).

The team will be one of three new sides entered into the division along with Derby City and Mansfield-based Sherwood Wolf Hunt.

Within the first team, some experienced figures have already signed up for the 2014 season, players coming from the likes of Sleaford Spartans, Lincoln City Knights RLFC, Royal Air Force and British Army Rugby League have been brought in to help develop the less-experienced players that the club are signing.

In particular, the club is aiming to introduce fans to the new and, in Lincolnshire at least, less well-known code of the game and welcome youth teams in the near future.

“Our ambitions are pretty simple but realistic,” Cleaver added. “There is no immediate drive for promotion into the Midlands Premier League this year, but to bring something new to the county with enjoyment, new skills and enthusiasm for the sport of rugby.”

The first home league match at the PRSA will be played on May 17 against Derby City (KO 2.30pm).

Boston Buccaneers RLFC is a club run by volunteers.

For further information, contact Mark Cleaver on cleaver37@aol.com or visit the clubs website http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/bostonbuccaneersrlfc/