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Australian Schools Rugby News : March 2010
IRELAND & UK TOUR WRAP-UP 3 23 November – 20 December 2009 Beyond the rugby, an important part of touring is experiencing the history and culture of the places visited. Historically, this has been a primary objective of the Schoolboy tours to the Northern hemisphere. The 2009 Australian Schoolboys looked forward to the change of pace offered by just being a tourist in a new country. In Dublin the boys were billeted by local families from Terenure College that allowed them to enjoy the comforts of a home and experience the lifestyle of the locals. Between training sessions the boys took the opportunity to visit Trinity College and view the ‘Book of Kells’ – a medieval illuminated manuscript of the New Testament. In the same museum Brian Boru’s Harp is on display – which is the harp that appears as the national symbol of Ireland. Other players attended the Dublin Wax museum. Originally the boys were to be billeted Cork but due to the flooding of the town it was not possible and the boys went into hotel accommodation. The players were already overwhelmed by the friendliness of the Irish and decided to present a signed team jumper to the Christian Brothers College, Cork to assist in fund raising for those affected by the flooding. After a short bus trip from Cork to Kinsale, with the ambience of a 18th century coastal fishing village atmosphere. From Kinsale, just up the road we visited Charles Fort a fifteenth century English garrison built to protect the area from French and Spanish invasion. A few days later the party arrived in north eastern Wales in the picturesque town of Conwy. Surrounded by 13th century stone walls it is dominated by the magnificent Conwy Castle, built by Edward I of England to protect the English settlement from the marauding Welsh. On the bus trip before leaving Wales we stopped off for a photo opportunity at the Welsh town with the longest name – L lanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyll- llantysilogogogoch – this translates as “The church of St. Mary in the hollow of white hazel trees near the rapid whirlpool by St. Tysilio’s of the red cave”. The village community of Lymm opened their homes to the players and once again all were made to feel welcome. Lymm is situated in Manchester United and English rugby league territory, but the local rugby club demonstrated all the best characteristics of a non professional rugby club – something quite Australian Schools Ireland and UK touring highlights austSchRugbyNews_march_10.indd 4 25/3/10 1:45:06 PM
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