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Australian Schools Rugby News : June 2010
they felt as though they were in a whole new world within Global Arena. It was excellent to live in such a close environment with the other schools and this allowed us to make lasting friendships with players from New Zealand, England, Fiji, Japan, South Africa, Korea, Uruguay and France. It would be fair to say that some of the highlights of the tour happened off the feld with some of our foreign friends. We were extremely impressed and grateful for the hospitality we received throughout our stay at Global Arena. It was second to none. The following day we had our frst game against the Japanese school Fushimi Technical High School. We started very strongly skipping out to a 19-0 lead after ffteen minutes, however to their credit they came back strongly and pushed us until the fnal siren. We considered ourselves lucky to get away with a 24-22 win. From this game we realised that the Japanese teams play an extremely disciplined, structured style and could not be underestimated. The next morning, the opening ceremony was held and the boys thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It was an honour to parade our school’s colours and represent Australia in front of a packed stadium full of cheering supporters. These moments and emotions will be remembered for a lifetime. Unfortunately, the celebrations came to an end earlier than expected that day when we lost to Osaka Korea High School 16-12. This was a wakeup call that was needed and the players had a highly emotional talk in the sheds following the game and made a pact to pull together as ‘brothers’. On the rest day we headed to Nagasaki, where we visited the Peace Park and the Atomic Bomb Museum. This proved to be an extremely moving experience for all members of our team as we witnessed the beauty of the park and gardens as well as the devastation caused by the bombings that took place. This was embraced by all the players and helped to strengthen our knowledge of Japanese history. Following this we had some lunch and then headed home to prepare for our early morning match with the currently undefeated Truro College. The next day was our fnal Pool match against the undefeated Truro College from England. This game was always going to be tough due to their physical style of play however we knew they would play a game that is more familiar to us than that of the Japanese, so our confdence was high to pull off an upset. After a brutal match and plenty of bumps and bruises we came out on top, winning 24-19 and more importantly topping our pool and moving into the top eight. We were drawn to play the local favourites Higashi Fukuoka High School who were the 2009 runners up. Spirits were high and the team had really pulled together as a group both on and off the feld by this stage. We had realised the importance of working hard for one another. The game was an extremely fast and intense one and we had a win 24–10. What they lacked in size they certainly made up for in heart and commitment. We were now in the fnal four with an elite group from New Zealand, England and South Africa but the following day provided us with a well earned day off to relax and prepare for our semi fnal 4 'It was an honour to parade our school's colours and represent Australia in front of a packed stadium full of cheering supporters.'