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Australian Schools Rugby News : July 2009
SANIX WORLD RUBGY YOUTH INVITATIONAL A report from team captain John Tanuvasa Sanix World Rugby Youth Tournament in Japan, I would like to especially thank the Australian Rugby Football Schools Union for selecting Prairiewood, as well as all of our sponsors (AMD, ARU, NSWRU, Coca Cola Australia Foundation, Macquarie Bank, Kooga) who helped us along the way, the parents and the teachers for all their support. We hope that we have made you all proud. Our fundraising included an F extremely successful disco, a huge raffl e, as well as a Golf Day with some of Australia’s sporting elite and captains of industry. Personalities included Liz Ellis, Nick Farr Jones, Michael Hawker with Peter FizSimons as guest speaker. Special thanks must be extended to Philip and James Street who organised a fantastic fundraising luncheon at the Tattersall’s Club which was strongly supported by the Rugby community. In a global fi nancial crisis, $150,000 was raised! During our preparation we were fortunate enough to experience coaching from legends such as Matthew Burke, Andrew Johns, Kurtley Beale and none other than Robbie Deans, a most generous man, who put us through the same skills and drills he uses with the Wallabies. We felt extremely honoured. Japan was absolutely amazing. It was what I imagined and much more. The people were so polite and friendly, the food was great and the facilities were beautiful. It was a whole new world. Life in Global Arena was exciting and fun. Meeting players from around the world and trying to communicate was interesting. Friendships were formed off the fi eld through organised performance evenings or by just playing an impromptu game of cricket – Australia vs the rest of the world! All players, teachers and offi cials experienced the common love and bond of Rugby. It was a 5 aus SchRugbyNews_july_09.indd 6 austSchRugbyNews_july_09.inddt 30/6/09 3:27:43 PM 30/6/09 3:27:43 PM irst of all, on behalf of all the boys from the Prairiewood High School Rugby Team that represented Australia at the 2009 special time for all. A highlight for the boys and one that they will never forget was when we fi rst walked into the main stadium for the opening ceremony, the number of people there to support their favourite country and just the vibes within the stadium were phenomenal. The friendships we built up with other players, staff and workers at Global Arena, were just priceless opportunities. This is just one of the many opportunities Rugby creates for every player around the world. The games we played weren’t easy, especially our fi rst game coming from behind to win 22–14. We also had wins against Canada 36-8 and Oita 14–10. Winning our pool was our main goal at the tournament and we had succeeded. We became good friends with boys from Kyoto, Oita, Tonga and other countries. It was such a great experience playing against players from all over the world. The level of the talent challenged us a lot. With many upsets in the quarter fi nals we came up against many strong opponents such