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Australian Schools Rugby News : August 2012
sanix 2012 3 4 ST. STANiSLAUS College Bathurst; a rural Catholic Day and Boarding school for boys have been playing rugby since the 1870’s. Affectionately known as Stannies, the Colleges 22 rugby sides contest the iSA competition in Sydney. Stannies felt privileged to represent The Australian Schools Rugby Union at The Sanix World Rugby Youth invitational Tournament in 2012 after previously enjoying a wonderful experience in 2004. The prestigious tournament, widely regarded as the Youth Rugby World Cup, brings together the best rugby schools from across the globe to not only compete on the field but to also experience the companionship and culture that Rugby has to offer. The policy of The Australian Rugby Schools Union to not simply reward the leading Schoolboy team in Australia but to recognise the School that contributes to the game has allowed our College to compete on a world stage and experience a culture of tradition and respect in the nation of Japan. The Sanix Tournament is a prestigious international rugby union 15-a-side tournament for youth, which is held every year during the Golden Week holidays in Fukuoka prefecture, Japan. Participation is by invitation only and the event is hosted by the Japan Rugby Football Union and supported by various local bodies including the Kyushu RFU, the Sanix Sports Foundation and Munakata City. The Global Arena in Munakata, Fukuoka on the island of Kyüshü is the venue for the tournament. The idea was devised and initially funded by the Sanix company president Mr Munemasa. The Schools were hosted incredibly well with all accommodation and meal costs covered by the organisers. This contribution encouraged Stannies to include an extended tour to both China (Beijing) and to Nagasaki to play rugby and also be hosted by our brother school Nanzan high School prior to the tournament commencing. The invited school teams were: InternatIonal teams • St Stanislaus’ College (Australia) • Shawnigan Lake School (Canada) • Truro College (england) • Incheon Mechanical technical high School (Korea) (38-21) • Kelston Boys high School (New Zealand) • Monument high School (South Africa) (14-31) • Tonga College (Tonga) • the British Schools (Uruguay) (12-17) Japanese teams • toin Gakuen high School (Kanagawa) (5-19) • Fushimi Technical high School (Kyoto) • Josho Gakuen high School (Osaka) • tokai University Gyosei high School (Osaka) (3-21) • Gose industrial high School (Nara) • Nagasaki Kita high School (Nagasaki) • higashi Fukuoka high School (Fukuoka) • Chikushi high School (Fukuoka) (28-21) Stannies played with distinction in all 6 matches unfortunately under the restriction of 5 significant injuries early in the preparation. The quality of the competition should not be undermined however with the strength of schoolboy rugby on show for all to experience. The Truro College from england were a prime example of professionalism, with the College operating as a Sporting College with significant contribution from the heineken Cup team exeter Chiefs. The strength and conditioning development of all players and the competition format demonstrated that all teams competing must be suitably prepared for the demands. Stannies competed in every fixture to lead at half-time in the majority of matches but were unable to prevail and were eventually run down by the stronger opposition in all fixtures except for the last match against Korea. (The Stannies results are bolded red) it would be remiss of me not to mention the haka demonstration performed by Tonga College and Kelston Boys high School in the semi-finals. Tribalism and pride in culture set the scene for a wonderful match with the haka commenced by Kelston after a tense stand- off. This added further tension to the Pacific island battle. Kelston Boys high School went on to beat Tonga College and were the eventual winners of the 2012 Sanix Tournament with a strong second half display against the impressive Truro College from england. Off the field the companionship as mentioned previously was a highlight. The opportunity to dine together and share conversation and something of the cultural differences were enjoyed by all. The evening impromptu touch football games on the village green allowed for fun and conversion through the medium of play. The skit night again was an opportunity for the boys to demonstrate something of their culture and also have a laugh. The spectacular opening and closing ceremony added occasion to the tournament with an impressive marching band from Scotland and Japanese dances treating family friends and players. Rugby apparel swapped with the opposition teams on the final night allowed for not only wonderful memories but also mementoes to be returned to their home countries. A massive thanks to Mr Bernard Carberry, ASRU liaison, for the unwavering support he offered both staff and students of Stannies. Mr Carberry assisted with the organisation of the experience both prior to departure and while in Japan. it is through opportunities and exposure to events like the Sanix Tournament that our boys have an opportunity to grow as young men and we would like to thank all those that have made this opportunity possible. Mr Dean Oxley (1stXV Coach) St. Stanislaus College Bathurst