Diary: Lobbyists XV win PMS rugby trophy

Westminster lobbyists have shown that they are not just all mouth and no trousers. Rugby team Westminster Lobbyists XV beat three auction house teams in a charity competition to walk off with the PMS Challenge Shield.

A hastily drafted press release suggests the win was inspired after the team 'despaired' at the performance of the national squad in the Six Nations tournament.

Phew! The nation can now rest easy. However, the choice of pink for the kit will have to be reviewed.

Although it was a charity clash, the Lobbyists refused to give anything away. They racked up a total of 39 points over four 16-minute games. Their opponents were teams from Christie's, Bonham's and Phillips.

Team members included Lionel Zetter of PMS and all 6ft 4in of Citigate's James Nason.

As the competition heated up, the referee was called into action several times and some players were threatened with a yellow card.

Zetter says: 'Let us just say that we were lobbying them a bit too hard.' The team has now challenged the Parliamentary Team to a match, but has yet to hear a reply.

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