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Australian Schools Rugby News : June 2010
sanix world youth tournament 3 First and foremost, on behalf of The Hills Sports High School’s 1st XV of 2010, I would like to say a very big thank you to the Australian Schools Rugby Union for giving us such a prestigious and rare opportunity to represent Australia on the world stage. To be given the chance to do this at the Sanix World Youth Invitational Tournament, in the company of our closest friends is without doubt something that will never be forgotten by those who were fortunate enough to attend. We hope that our performance during the tournament justified our selection by the Australian Schools Rugby Union and went close to repaying the faith that was shown in choosing us. Over the six months prior to our departure, we organised a number of successful fundraising events to ensure that our dream could be achieved. These included a golf day held at Fox Hills Golf Club with special guests such as Jim Williams, a member of the Wallabies coaching staff as well as Stuart Woodhouse, head coach of the West Harbour Pirates. Other events included a number of Sundays spent selling raffle tickets and sausage sandwiches at K-Mart Blacktown, a fantastic trivia night held in the school hall as well a luncheon put on by the Australian Schools Rugby Foundation’s Ken Grover held at the Tattersall’s Club, which included such guests as some of the heavy weights of professional sport Wendell Sailor, Chris Hickey, Adam Freier and Russell Fairfax. As well as fundraising we identified early that we would have to work very hard to prepare for such a prestigious and challenging tournament and a commitment was made by all of the players to represent our country to the best of our ability. Apart from our rigorous training regime we were fortunate enough to have a number of coaches coming to assist us, none better than the current Wallabies coach Robbie Deans. His visit to the school sent an uplifting vibe around the players and it was at that moment that we realised the significance of our trip. After arriving at Fukuoka airport in Japan, we transferred for a short bus trip from the airport to the venue for the tournament, Global Arena. This is a truly spectacular venue and has to be experienced to fully appreciate its size and atmosphere. Throughout our stay there, many of the boys mentioned that The Hills Sports High School SucceSS in Japan! Fukuoka, Japan 2010 austSchRugbyNews_july_10.indd 4 8/6/10 2:14:19 PM