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Australian Schools Rugby News : July 2009
TOURNAMENT – FUKUOKA, JAPAN 2009 as De la Salle (NZ) and Ivybridge (England). Overall we fi nished 8th out of 20 teams. Playing against and watching different teams at such a world class tournament has defi nitely improved our skills since arriving back in Australia. On the rest day we visited the Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine and gardens in Fukuoka. We all had a great time and we were all interested in the many new experiences in and around this site. We then arrived at the Grand Hyatt Hotel where we were greeted by the very friendly concierge and directed into the buffet lunch where the food was delicious. Then, after lunch we had a few hours to kill and we were let loose on the shops of Fukuoka. We also went on a bus trip down to Nagasaki, where we visited Peace Park and gardens as well as the Atomic Bomb Museum – a very moving and solemn experience for us all. What devastation and heart-wrenching stories, photographs, videos and displays were there.It was very sad seeing the many houses and churches that were destroyed and 6 aus SchRugbyNews_july_09.indd 7 austSchRugbyNews_july_09.inddt 30/6/09 3:27:51 PM 30/6/09 3:27:51 PM the many people who died in Nagasaki over 60 years ago. It was wet and cold but the boys still had fun walking through the streets of Nagasaki city as together we sang many Australian old time tunes, Waltzing Matilda, Land Down Under, the Australian National Anthem and many, many more. We even had our principal Mr Pickering singing along! Our trip home after the tournament was via Tokyo and we visited Disneyland, Hakone National Park where we saw Mount Fuji, a trip on the Shinkansen – the ‘bullet train’ at over 200 km/hour and fi nally a trip to Tokyo Tower. The places, the food, the people, the facilities – everything made this trip unforgettable. This was the trip of a lifetime! Photos and full coverage of each day of our Japan Tour can still be enjoyed on our school website at prairiewoodhigh.com.au. EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST SANIX 2010 IF YOU SCHOOL IS INTERESTED IN GOING TO SANIX 2010, please write to Bernie Carberry BJCarberry@bigpond.com. He will send you details. Nominations close late August.