Tom converts with a hot set of wheels

23/11/2011'Tring Rugby's Tom Newton picks up his BMW from Specialist Cars, Cow Roast.   Also in the photograph is sales manager Tony Murphy.
23/11/2011'Tring Rugby's Tom Newton picks up his BMW from Specialist Cars, Cow Roast. Also in the photograph is sales manager Tony Murphy.

A TRING Rugby player will be driving around in style this season after being given use of a BMW.

Full-back Tom Newton picked up the Series 1 convertible from Cow Roast dealership Specialist Cars, in reward for the hard work which he puts into developing youth rugby in Tring.

“BMW have donated the car for my use as Tring Rugby Academy coach,” said Newton.

“This is my second year in the role assisting Paul Gunn, head Academy coach, and my aim is to develop the young talent in Tring Rugby and bring them into the senior section where we are having great success.

“The Academy was set up in 2007 and caters for 17 to 19-year -olds – this is great for lads who are finishing rugby at school but want to continue playing and are looking to extend their career by playing senior rugby.

“The Academy bridges the gap between junior and senior rugby – my role is to make the young lads feel welcome when they join senior training on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

“This season the 2s, 3s and 4s senior sides have benefited a huge amount from being able to select Academy players – this is thanks to John Ball who hounds us week in week out for all the young talent coming through!”

Tony Murphy, BMW sales manager at Specialist Cars, added: “We are very much at the heart of the local business community and work closely alongside the rugby club, as well as (local businesses) Grass Roots and Oakman Inns.

“We are keen to support Tom in particular because of his continuing efforts to bring on the youth rugby squads in this area – that is why we have donated the vehicle.

“He’s obviously a very happy bunny but it is mutually beneficial because we also get a lot of respect from the families involved with the rugby club.”