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Australian Schools Rugby News : June 2010
23 November – 20 December 2009 sanix world youth tournament 5 RuGBY TOuRS against the strong New Zealand side Hamilton Boys High School. The match against Hamilton Boys High School started with a tour highlight for many of the boys, facing their haka. This is something that sends shivers down my spine every time I face it. However, it does motivates you to stand up against the challenge and really rise to the occasion. Our boys did exactly that and for the first ten minutes it was a genuine arm wrestle. Unfortunately through weight of possession and a few sparks of brilliance Hamilton got out to a 15-0 lead by half time. Although we fought hard and kept them to 3 points in the second half, we were unable to score and the match finished at 18- 0. To our credit, we provided Hamilton with their hardest game of the tournament and a mutual respect was formed from this tough encounter and both teams mingled throughout the afternoon and became close friends. The final day would prove to be bitter-sweet when we were matched up against our good friends who shared our accommodation lodge, Marais Viljoen High School from South Africa, in the match for third place. The players promised to put on a show to finish off our campaign in style and they did just that, throwing the ball around and playing fantastic running rugby to come away with a 57-7 win to claim 3rd spot at the Sanix World Youth Invitational Tournament for 2010. This was a fantastic achievement for us and a reward for all the hard work that had gone on from all involved over the past six months. In the final game Hamilton Boys High School blew Truro College off the park to win the game 40-8 and take 1st place in the tournament. It was good to know that we gave Hamilton their stiffest opposition and also defeated the side that finished runner up. The rest of the final day was spent venturing from dorm to dorm, swapping gear and contact details with players to ensure that the memories we have last us a lifetime. It was hard to board the bus and say goodbye to Global Arena as it is a place that we all will hold close to our heart for many years to come. The next few hours consisted of travel on bus, train and another tour highlight, the chance to travel to Tokyo by Bullet Train! This was a surreal experience and the players and staff were lucky enough to view Mount Fuji along the way and on arrival in Tokyo we were taken by bus to our hotel. The following day we were up early and on the bus for a sight-seeing day around Tokyo. We spent some time visiting historical shrines as well as admiring the unbelievable view from the top of the Tokyo viewing tower, as well as free time in the shops and markets. The next day we caught a train to Tokyo Disney Sea and spent the day at the theme park, going on rides, taking pictures and admiring all of the amazing scenery that Disney has to offer. It was nice to do something like this, as it doesn’t happen every day at home and makes the memories so special. After a huge day out it was time to pack up our things and head out in the morning. Upon arriving back in Australia it was clear that the trip to Japan helped every one of our players to grow both as a rugby player and as an individual. It provided us with life experiences we could only dream of at such a young age, as well as top level rugby against some of the best up and coming rugby players in the world. In conclusion I’d like to thank the Australian Schools Rugby Union, NSW Rugby and everyone who was involved in supporting our team and our participation in the Sanix World Youth Invitational Tournament of 2010. It was a pleasure to experience the culture and lifestyle in Japan and hopefully some day we will get the chance to go back and forge some more great memories. This was a trip of a lifetime. Steven Cummins, Hills Sports High School, 1st XV captain, 2010 Steven Cummins (left) with captain of Truro College England. austSchRugbyNews_july_10.indd 6 8/6/10 2:14:27 PM