Rugby at Christmas: 20 brilliant pictures of the beautiful game in winter

Christmas is a time for family, friends and, most importantly, rugby.

So, for a trip down memory lane as you tuck away another mince pie in front of the fire, click the right arrow above to see our special winter rugby gallery…

1. Samoan Santa

England star Manu Tuilagi stunned coaches, parents and players at Melton Junior Rugby Club’s Christmas party when he arrived as a surprise Santa Claus.

2. This is what playing rugby was all about

3. Charity

BOD launched ChristmasFM in 2018 which was raising funds for Temple Street.

4. Muddy pitches

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5. One for the ladies

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