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Summer touch rugby at Minety

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Summer touch rugby kicks off this Tuesday, 28th May at 7pm. Mixed Gender, all ages* and abilities welcome. We had an excellent turn out last year, and it’s great run around especially for those that haven’t dusted off the boots in a while!

*Ages 12+ recommended and younger children should be accompanied by an adult.






Written by Graham Cooke

May 27th, 2019 at 10:27 am

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Minety 7s Gallery

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The winners of the 2019 Minety 7’s Tournament, Team Horus, defeated their keen rivals Team Spitfires in the semi finals and the Team Osiris to win the tournament.


2019 Minety 7’s winners: Team Horus


2019 Finalists: Osiris and Horus


Horus and the Spitfires


Photographs provided by Rob Bugden and Team Horus.



Written by Graham Cooke

May 21st, 2019 at 12:23 pm

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2019 Minety 7s Tournament

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The 2019 Minety 7’s tournament was won by the HORUS team from the RAF who defeated Team Osiris, made up of players from Swindon, Nationwide and the RAF in a tense and thrilling final at the end of a hugely enjoyable day.

15 teams entered the competition, competing across three qualification pools, with the top teams from each pool qualifying for the Main Competition Semi Finals together with the top 2nd placed team.  The next two best 2nd placed teams and the best third placed team qualified for the semi finals of the “Oh So Nearly” competition.

With three points for a win and 1 for a draw, the competition was fierce, made even more competitive by the fact that in the event of a tie, the team who had the highest average score across their group games would qualify.  This rule meant that the result of the final match of the qualification actually determined who would make the two sets of semifinals with 10 teams still in contention.

The Oh So Nearly Cup winners were Marlborough 1st who narrowly defeated Sutton Benger.

The 2019 Minety 7’s Tournament Roll of Honour

Main Competition Winners: Horus

 Main Competition Runners Up: Osiris

Oh So Nearly Cup Winners: Marlborough 1st

Oh So Nearly Runners Up: Sutton Benger


Group A Qualification Pool

11.00am Marlborough 1’s Minety 21 : 14
11.15am Swindon Osiris 17 : 21
11.45am Marlborough 1’s Osiris 21 : 19
12.15pm Henry’s Heroes Minety 5 : 26
12.45pm Minety Osiris 7 : 33
1pm Henry’s Heroes Swindon 0 : 49
1.30pm Swindon Minety 12 : 7
1.45pm Henry’s Heroes Marlborough 1’s 10 : 31
2.15pm Osiris Henry’s Heroes 52 : 0
2.30pm Swindon Marlborough 1’s 19 : 14


Group A Table

Osiris 4 3 0 1 125 45 80 9 31.25
Swindon 4 3 0 1 97 42 55 9 24.25
Marlborough 1’s 4 3 0 1 87 62 25 9 21.75
Minety 4 1 0 3 54 71 -17 3 13.5
Henry’s Heroes 4 0 0 4 15 158 -143 0 3.75


Nb.  PF Av. is the average points scored over the matches played and was used as a tie breaker.

Group B Qualification Pool

11.00am Spitfires Dreamers 68 : 0
11.30am Horus Tetbury 19 : 5
11.45am Spitfires Chippenham 21 : 14
12.15pm Tetbury Dreamers 28 : 5
12.30pm Spitfires Horus 38 : 0
12.45pm Dreamers Chippenham 5 : 38
1.15pm Chippenham Horus 14 : 40
1.45pm Tetbury Spitfires 0 : 22
2pm Dreamers Horus 0 : 47
2.15pm Chippenham Tetbury 40 : 0


Group B Table

Spitfires 4 4 0 0 149 14 135 12 37.25
Horus 4 3 0 1 106 57 49 9 26.5
Chippenham 4 2 0 2 106 66 40 6 26.5
Tetbury 4 1 0 3 33 86 -53 3 8.25
Dreamers 4 0 0 4 10 181 -171 0 2.5


Group C Qualification Pool

11.00am Minchinhampton Physio’s Fatties 45 : 0
11.30am Bradford on Avon Marlborough 2’s 28 : 19
11.45am Minchinhampton Sutton Benger 21 : 14
12.15pm Marlborough 2’s Physio’s Fatties 29 : 5
12.30pm Minchinhampton Bradford on Avon 12 : 7
12.45pm Physio’s Fatties Sutton Benger 7 : 35
1.15pm Sutton Benger Bradford on Avon 19 : 19
1.45pm Marlborough 2’s Minchinhampton 14 : 19
2pm Physio’s Fatties Bradford on Avon 7 : 42
2.15pm Sutton Benger Marlborough 2’s 28 : 14


Group C Table

Minchinhampton 4 4 0 0 97 35 62 12 24.25
Bradford on Avon 4 2 1 1 96 57 39 7 24
Sutton Benger 4 2 1 1 96 61 35 7 24
Marlborough 2’s 4 1 0 3 76 80 -4 3 19
Physio’s Fatties 4 0 0 4 19 151 -132 0 4.75


Semi Finals:

Main Competition:          Spitfires (Group B Winners) v. Horus (Best performing 2nd place team)

                                           Osiris (Group A Winners) v. Minchinhampton (Group C Winners)

Oh So Nearly:                    Swindon (equal 2nd in Group A) v. Marlborough 1’s (equal 2nd in group A)

                                           Bradford on Avon (equal 2nd in Group C) v. Sutton Benger (equal 2nd in Group C)


Semi Final Results:

Main Competition:          Horus defeated Spitfires 21:17 and Orsiris defeated Minchinhampton 14:12

Oh So Nearly:                    Marlborough 1’s defeated Swindon and Sutton Benger defeated Bradford on Avon


Final Results:

Oh So Nearly Cup Final:

Marlborough 1st defeated Sutton Benger


Main Competition Cup Final:

Horus defeated Osiris


Many thanks to the huge number of people who made the event possible and apologies if we have left anyone out.

Thanks to the referees ( James Irvine, Euan Black, David Ware, Ross Walker and Matt Wray) and to Damian Dix at Dorset and Wilts for organising the officials for us.

Thanks to those who helped set up on Friday (Cliff Garland, Peter McAllister, Andrew O’Dell, Tom Claxton, James Irvine, John Butler, Dave and Jo Peirce, Ben Collins, Ali Freeman, Matt Stone and others)

Thanks to the Bar Staff (Tom Claxton and Andrew O’Dell)

Thansks to the Bar B Q staff (Dave Peirce, Steve Murray, Andy Edwards and James Stuart)

Thanks to Jo and Ali for the tea, cake and coffee stand.

Thanks to Andy Grayson for the Token selling and for assisting with the raffle and 200 club draw.

Thanks to JB and Craig Smith for the power supplies.

Thanks again to JB for perparing 3 immaculately prepared pitches.

Thanks to Kevin Holdway for the floats and also purchasing all the consumables.

Thanks to Andrews Quality Meats of Highworth for the burgers and sausages and The Old Bakehouse in Malmnesbury for the baps and rolls.

Thanks to the sponsors of beer and wine.

Thanks to all those people who donated raffle prizes.

Thanks to Georgina and Craig from Star Medical for their on site physio support and to Hollie Bailey from Star Medical who organised the cover.

Thanks to the team who tidied up on Sunday morning:  Andrew O’Dell, JB, Cliff, Peter, Ali, Jo, Dave, Alison, Tom, Ben, Dave Church and family, Chris and others.

Thank you to all the teams who came along and who played with such enthusiasm throughout the day and to all the spectators who came along to support the teams and the tournament.

Huge thanks to Tom Claxton who made it all happen – brilliant job Tom!


We’ll be back in 2020 – look out for the date, to be announced soon.

Written by Graham Cooke

May 20th, 2019 at 10:31 am

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7’s: Final arrangments

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Many thanks to all those who came over to the clubhouse last night to listen to the plans for the 7s tournament (this weekend).  Lots of very positive suggestions, which we’ve been able to add in to the plans, and a very pleasant evening all round.

For those coming along to help set up on Friday, we shall begin at 10.30am and work on until it’s ready.  If you can join us for an hour or so, or even more, you’ll be more than welcome.

On Saturday we will begin gathering from 8am.  The event starts formally at 10.30am but willing (and unwilling) helpers would be more than welcome.  We hope to get as much tidied up as possible after the final.  The club house will open just before 5pm for those who want to watch the F A Cup Final and enjoy a drink or three!

On Sunday we’ll start the final clear up at around 10am.

Even if you’re not playing, come along, join the fun and help us to make this a success.


Written by Graham Cooke

May 15th, 2019 at 2:41 pm

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Minety 7’s 2019

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The Minety 7’s Tournament is this coming Saturday, starting at 10.30am with the first matches kicking off at 11am sharp.

This is one of our club’s major events and we are seeking the help of all players and supporters in the lead up to the date and the day after.

Can you help?

On Tuesday at 7.30pm we are holding a brief (1 hour) meeting in the club house at Minety to run through the planning of the event and to allocate various jobs on the eve of the event and on the day itself.  If you can come along and give us the benefit of your wisdom, please do so.

We will be setting up the event of Friday from dawn til dusk – many hands make light work! 

On Saturday we will be on site from 8am onwards – once again volunteers are requested to make sure everything goes to plan.

We will need a “clean up and pack away” party on Sunday morning.  

We are in need of more prizes for the raffle.  If you have anything that you could donate to the raffle we would be pleased to take it (within reason!).

This is one of our major fund raising events in the year and all of that fund raising goes towards making MInety a better club for players, supporters and friends.


Written by Graham Cooke

May 13th, 2019 at 11:07 am

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Dorset and Wilts RFU news

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Written by Graham Cooke

May 11th, 2019 at 11:12 am

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7s Tournament Meeting

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Minety 7’s tournament is on Saturday 18th May starting at 10.30am.

Tom Claxton has done a huge amount of work to get this year’s event sorted but there is always so much more to do.  Consequently, we are holding a planning meeting on Tuesday 14th May in the club house, starting at 7.30pm, to go through all of the arrangements to make sure that everything is covered.  Given that the 7’s Tournament is one of the biggest events organised at Minety, we are asking for as many players and supporters of the club to give up an hour or so to help us on Tuesday night.

If you can’t come along to help on Tuesday then any assistance on Friday 17th May (right up until the light runs out) and / or early on Saturday morning, would be welcomed.  If you can’t manage Tuesday or Saturday, there is always the clear up session on Sunday morning.

It would be really nice if everyone could sign up for at least one of these sessions around the tournament itself.  If you need any further information please let either Tom or me know.  Sorry to disappoint, but due to insurance and liability issues, there will be no Bouncy Castle!

Many thanks



Written by Graham Cooke

May 7th, 2019 at 8:03 pm

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Dates for your Diaries

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Some dates for diaries for those who were unable to attend the Committee Meeting on Wednesday evening.
Saturday 18th May: Minety 7’s.  Event starts at 10.30am with first match underway at 11 am.  Even if you’re not prlaying, please come along and support the club – there’s plenty to do on the day.
Friday 31st May.  Annual Club Dinner.  Please let Tom Claxton or Andrew Somers know whether you will be attending or not so we can be certain of numbers.
Wednesday 5th June.  Final Meeting for this year’s committee. It really is essential that we get as many committee members along as possible so we can prepare for a smooth transition of roles.
Tuesday 11th June.  Annual General Meeting.  Meeting begins at 7.30pm.
We are in urgent need of some raffle prizes for the 7s competition and the Dinner.  These are our major fund raisers and we need to maximise revenue from these events.  Please could you donate a prize – a voucheer, a bottle of wine / whisky etc. to help us out here.  I will be appealing to the players as well to donate prizes through Tom and Steve.
Committee Roles nominations update from the sheet in the club house on Sunday and updated with information gathered at the meeting: 
President: Andy Ward
Chairman: Dave Church
Vice Chair: Vacant
Treasurer: Kev Holdway
Secretary: Peter McAllister
Club Captain: Vacant
Fixture Secretary: Rob Hinwood
Social Secretary: Morgan Aubrey
Groundsman: John Bulter
Press & Publicity Officer: Vacant
MPFA Rep: Vacant
2nd Team Captain: Steve Wilson
International Tickets: Andy Edwards
1st team Vice Captain: Vacant
2nd Team Vice Captain: Vacant
Coach: Andy Grayson
Fundraiser / sponsorship: Vacant
Webmaster: Graham Cooke
Data Officer: Martin  Coe
Referee Co-ordinator: Andy Brown
Coach Co-ordinator: Vacant
Assistant Treasurer: Simon Goddard.
Junior Section: Ed Wolton
As you can see, there are a number of positions where we have no nominations.  The club needs an effective committee to run properly for the good of all the players and members.  If you can step up to do a job please put your name forward – you know it makes sense!

Written by Graham Cooke

May 4th, 2019 at 10:20 am

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Jolly Boys Bus Tour

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The Jolly Boys’ Bus leaves Minety RFC at noon next Saturday, 27th April, on a tour of the local area, returning by no later than 11pm.

The cost of the bus is £20, part of which will go into the “kitty”.  

If you are still, undecided, please make the right call and give Ben Collins a ring or an email (Email: b.m.j.collins@gmail.com) by the end of the weekend – he needs to let the coach company know by Tuesday at the latest!


Written by Graham Cooke

April 20th, 2019 at 11:36 am

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The Jolly Boys Mystery Bus Tour

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With the tour not going ahead due to lack of numbers we would like to still try and get everyone together for an end of season bash!

A bus will be leaving Minety RFC at 12 noon on Saturday 27th April on a local tour of the area and returning no later than 10pm that night.


The cost to secure your seat for the bus is £20 and this will buy you into the kitty as well. 

Get on the bus gents! 

For more information contact Ben Collins, Tom Claxton or Steve Williams (see Contacts’ page for contact details.)

Written by Graham Cooke

April 15th, 2019 at 11:51 am

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Weekend Round up and Final Table

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Yesterday’s concession by Warminster meant that Minety 1st XV’s season ended with a bit of a whimper but the boys entertained themselves with a game of rugby tennis and then settled back to watch the epic Gloucester Bath match on the tv’s in the club house.  The 5 points gained by Minety pushed them up into 6th place but there was always a chance that Trowbridge could pip them with a big win at Calne.

In the end Calne pulled out all the stops and won a surprise victory against Trowbridge, pulling themselves up to 10th place above Pewsey Vale and ensuring that 6th place in the league was Minety’s.

Elsewhere Supermarine managed a try against Combe Down but the champions had the last laugh over the bottom club with a heavy 93-5 win.  Avonvale kept up their challenge and secured their 2nd place with a thumping of Pewsey, the visitors slipping back to 11th in the league as a consequence.

9th placed Chippenham beat 8th placed Sutton Benger while Melksham and Royal Wootton Bassett finished 41 all in a match that could have seen Bassett leap frog Warminster into 4th place.

So Combe Down are the champions and will, presumably, ply their trade in the league above next season.  Avonvale have proved themselves to be the second best team in the league having lost to Combe Down twice and only lost one other match all season.  Melksham have consistently been the top placed Wiltshire team in the division while Warminster pip Bassett, the latter rueing their double loss to local rivals Minety during the season.

Minety’s 6th place is better than some were predicting earlier on in the season.  Injuries and unavailabilities have taken their toll on the Minety side, fielding no less than 48 different players in the 1st XV over the course of the season.


Written by Graham Cooke

April 14th, 2019 at 12:07 pm

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Warminster concede

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The 2018/9 season has come to an end at Minety with a bit of a whimper with the news that the much anticipated clash between Minety and Warminster has been called off after we recieved notification earlier this morning that Warminster were unable to fulfil the fixture due to a lack of available players.

The result, or lack of it, means that Minety finish the season with an 11 win, 11 loss record and presently sit in 6th place in the league. Mathematically, Trowbridge can overtake us if they take all of the points from their match at Calne.

The loss of the match is sad because we were hoping to recall some players who have not featured recently in the squad, and all chances of being able to introduce the 49th and 50th players into the 1st team this season have disappeared (Benny is so frustrated; he’s been polishing his boots all morning and was so looking forward to playing this afternoon – his last game was in the early 1830’s).

On a personal note, I’m also sad that the match is off this way because, after 4 years of writing match reports on Minety, this was to be my last one – someone else can have a go next season.  After over 100 matches and well over 90,000 words (a lot of it drivel, as you know if you read them on this site), the pleasure of the Sunday morning write up and distribution will be someone elses.

If there are any budding journalists out there, please let me know.  The Job Description for the Press post will be posted on this site next week with the election of a new press officer as part of the club’s elections at the end of May / start of June.


Written by Graham Cooke

April 13th, 2019 at 11:29 am

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Stat Attack!

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Benny Disraeli, our Stat guru

Someone suggested to me at the weekend that the only thing worth reading on the site was “Stat Attack”.  Hurt beyond belief, I mentioned this to resident statistics guru Benny, and lo and behold, a new Stat Attack has just been couriered to me.

When Dan Wilson came on as a replacement on Saturday he became the 48th player to wear a Minety 1st XV shirt this season.

Here is the full list showing names, number of appeareances out of 23 games played and percentage of appearances.

Glew, Mark 22 95.65%
Rule, Chris 22 95.65%
Hibbard, Andrew 20 86.96%
Howse, Jack 20 86.96%
Scott, Ben 20 86.96%
French, Colin 19 82.61%
Claxton, Tom 18 78.26%
Stone, Matt 18 78.26%
Collins, Ben 15 65.22%
Cooke, Dave 15 65.22%
Darrell, Andy 14 60.87%
Langridge, Ben 13 56.52%
Tillotsen, Kieran 13 56.52%
Garland, Garin 12 52.17%
Hughes, Sam 12 52.17%
Thompson, Jay 12 52.17%
Hinwood, Rob 11 47.83%
Simpson, Duncan 10 43.48%
Murray, Del 9 39.13%
Aubrey, Morgan 8 34.78%
Peirce, Gareth 8 34.78%
Smith, Cameron 8 34.78%
Windle, Ash 8 34.78%
Ward, Jack 7 30.43%
Chisholm, Matt 5 21.74%
Coleman, Bram 5 21.74%
McAllister, Tom 5 21.74%
Park, Matt 5 21.74%
Sellick, Ben 5 21.74%
Nicksen, James 4 17.39%
Ward, Phil 4 17.39%
White, Steve 4 17.39%
Roberts, Matt 3 13.04%
Stuart, James 3 13.04%
Church, Dave 2 8.70%
Crisp, Will 2 8.70%
Mason, Will 2 8.70%
Scott, Mike 2 8.70%
Trinder, Sam 2 8.70%
Waldron, Tom 2 8.70%
Wilson, Steve 2 8.70%
Cross, Matt 1 4.35%
Leong, Jonathan 1 4.35%
Lockwood, Ned 1 4.35%
Seaton, Will 1 4.35%
Thomas, Gareth 1 4.35%
Wilson, Dan 1 4.35%
Wright, Ken 1 4.35%


In all matches, including cup ties, Minety have scored 560 points.  Top points scorer, despite being injured for some time, is still Garin Garland with 129 (23%) with Sam Hughes in 2nd place with 79 (14%) and Jack Ward 3rd with 51 (9.1%).

Andrew Hibbard and Jack Howse top the try scoring lists with 10 each of the 76 tries scored.  Garin Garland has 9 while Sam Hughes has 8.

18 different players have scored a try for the 1st XV this season.

71% of the tries have been successfully converted.  Garin tops the conversion charts with 24 while Sam Hughes and jack Ward have 12 apiece.

23 penalties have been successfully kicked with Garin again at the top with 12 followed by Jack Ward with 4.

On the “naughty step” we presently have 10 players who have picked up a total of 11 yellow cards and 1 red this season.

Always a popular stat: amazingly we have a three way tie for the most players with surnames beginning with a particular letters.  8 players whose surname begins with C are now tied with 8 with surnames starting with S and 8 more starting with W.

The longest continuous run of appearances foes to Chris Rule, who has been an ever present since the 3rd game of the season, a total of 21 games in a row.  Mark Glew has appeared in the last 18 lineups.

We need just two more players to make their season debuts on Saturday and we’ll have a half century!  Benny is dusting off his boots as we speak!


Written by Graham Cooke

April 11th, 2019 at 6:00 am

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MTV v. Pewsey Vale

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Bustard Productions film, for MTV, of last Saturday’s match against Pewsey Vale is now available on this site.  It can be accessed via this link, clicking on the MTV icon or by choosing the Minety Player option from the side menu.




Written by Graham Cooke

April 10th, 2019 at 9:29 am

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Weekend Round up

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As we enter the final week of the 2018-2019 season here’s a chance to study the penulitmate round of matches in Divsion 1 (Division 3, where the 2nd XV play, will be covered later in the week).

Minety’s fine 29-22 win over Pewsey Vale has taken the club above Trowbridge into 6th place in the league although it’s not clear how the league table has been managed since both teams have 52 points yet Trowbridge have a better Points For / Points Against record.  No matter – it’s there in black and white.  Next week Minety take on 4th placed Warminster at home while Trowbridge travel to 11th placed Calne, so Minety will need to pull out all the stops if we are to cling on to that 6th place.

Elsewhere, the shock of the weekend came at Royal Wootton Bassett where the home team inflicted Combe Down’s first defeat of the season by 32-10.  Combe Down are already champions but a loss will have hit them hard so close to the end of the season.

Avonvale did Minety favours by defeating Trowbridge and denying them a losing bonus point and a four try bonus point.

In the battle for 3rd place Warminster inflicted a real beating on Melksham, coming through 45-10 against a team who had inflicted a heavy defeat of Minety just two weeks ago.

Supermarine’s quest for a league win failed again as they were heavily beaten at home by 9th placed Chippenham while Sutton Benger secured 8th place in the league come what may with a 30-10 win over Calne, who stay 2 points behind Pewsey.

In the final round of Fixtures, MInety (6th) play Warminster (4th); Avonvale (2nd) play Pewsey (10th); Calne 11th) play Trowbridge (7th); Combe Down (1st) play Supermarine (12th); and Melksham (3rd) play Royal Wootton Bassett (5th).


Written by Graham Cooke

April 9th, 2019 at 6:00 am

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