A RUGBY CLUB has lost much of its kit after their bus caught alight whilst driving down the motorway.

Eight members of Chobham Rugby Club had been travelling on March 10 to a fixture against Paignton RFC, of Devon, when their bus burst into flames whilst driving on the A30.

The players and driver hurriedly abandoned the vehicle, but were unable to retrieve the clubs possessions, and could only watch as the bus and all their equipment burned to cinders.

The road was shut for over an hour as the firefighters worked to bring the blaze under control.

Social secretary of Chobham RFC, Geraint Parry, said: “We lost about £3,000 in kit alone, on top of personal possessions. This was a memorial match for Dennis Souter, who was the father of one of the players on the coach, Duncan Souter.”

Mr Parry said the memorial match, which has been running for 21 years, had to be abandoned. It will not be rescheduled this year.