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The Fabulous Baking Boys

April 1st, 2013

All over the country, Club teams have been swapping the pitch for the kitchen to raise funds for Restart and Comic Relief. Supported by Sainsbury’s and Silver Spoon, 9 teams and over 40 players have taken up the challenge to bake and decorate 1,000 cupcakes and then race around local offices to sell their tasty treats.

The action kicked off in Newcastle where Rory Lawson, Ally Hogg, James Hudson and Rob Vickers represented Falcons in the first bake-off event. Staff at Accenture and North Tyneside Council were obviously impressed with the results because the cakes sold out within hours.

Towering lock, James Hudson, even came prepared with special edible Falcons logos to adorn the cakes: “Restart is a great charity, so I’m pleased that Newcastle Falcons have got involved. The daftest player during the week’s training has to bake for the rest of the squad on a Friday. So I’ve had a bit of practice, but nowhere near as much as Tim Swinson!”

Next up was Bath, where Lee Mears, Dave Attwood, Stuart Hooper and Jack Cuthbert whipped up more cupcake goodies for staff at the Bath Chronicle and Novia. The in-team rivalry was pretty intense, as Dave Attwood declared: “Mearsy fancies himself as a baker because he runs a café, but he hasn’t got a clue. He’s never got his hands dirty in his life.”

In Exeter, Chris Whitehead was more complimentary of fellow Chiefs team-mates Carl Rimmer and Jack Yeandle: “I’ve got some good sous-chefs by my side so we’ll have 999 cupcakes done before you know it.” Carl Rimmer was sporting a shiner, but he assured us it was not a cake-related injury, before heading off to sell to staff at The Met Office, South West Communications and Ashford’s Solicitors.

In London the action stepped up a notch when Quins and Wasps went head-to-head at Sainsbury’s HQ kitchens in Holborn. Chaos ensued as Olly Kohn, Will Skinner, Rob Buchanan and Charlie Matthews took on Chris Bell, Tom Varndell and Christian Wade. An exploding cake incident in the Quins kitchen was rumoured to be Wasps sabotage, but it was all smiles again when the teams headed out to offices at Aviva and QBE to drum up business. See the boys in action here >>

Not to be outdone by the Aviva Premiership club action, the England Sevens boys were also keen to make their mark, with two teams battling it out for supremacy. Ollie Phillips, Chris Cracknell, Tom Mitchell and Jeff Williams took over one kitchen, while Sam Edgerley, Mike Ellery, Dan Bibby and James Lightfoot-Brown got busy in another. The players then hot-footed it to the City to sell their cakes at Accenture, Munich RE and Aspen Insurance.

Leicester Tigers Matt Cornwell, Tom Croft, Fraser Balmain, Sam Harrison, Andy Forsyth and Julian Salvi took over the kitchens at Leicester College. Julian was quick to defend accusations of having more chocolate on his face than in the bowl, as well as a few rogue eggshells in his cake mix: “It’s all lies, I’m a professional cook and these things don’t happen on my watch.” Either way, the cake-munching staff at Leicester City Council and Welford Road didn’t seem to notice. Watch the Tigers video clip >>

True to their name, the Worcester Warriors put up a determined fight in their bid to reach the top of the fundraising league. Jake Abbott, Matt Mullan, Jonny Arr, Errie Claassens and Josh Matavesi opted for social media tactics to make sure they had plenty of willing customers lined up. Twitter was all a flutter with incoming orders, and there were only just enough cakes left over for staff at the Worcester City and County Council offices.

But in the final bake-off event of the tournament, Warriors were pipped to the post by Gloucester. Alex Brown, Pete Buxton, Dan Robson, Dan Murphy, Koree Britton and Billy Burns took the overall winners title when they raised the highest team fundraising amount – a whopping £1,441. Team leader, Alex Brown, was determined to win: “Restart does great work supporting ill and injured players, and I really wanted us to smash the target. We had an amazing day – lots of fun and lots of money raised for a great cause.”

Thanks to an outstanding effort from all teams, over £8,600 has been raised for Restart and Comic Relief. A huge thank you to everyone who supported us! The final results were:

Bath Rugby £612
England Sevens £1,092
Exeter Chiefs £690
Gloucester Rugby £1,441
Harlequins £1,117
Leicester Tigers £670
London Wasps £853
Newcastle Falcons £1,008
Worcester Warriors £1,153