Rugby Tour to Ireland 2007

  38 boys and 5 staff left Heathrow mid morning and just after lunch arrived at King’s Hospital School on the outskirts of Dublin. Two very competitive games just went the way of the Irish with scores of 27-14 in the As and 34-27 in the Bs. Two days later the boys were matched against the very powerful St Michael’s College but both sides performed admirably before going down 34-12 in the As and 40-29 in the Bs. In between these two sets of games the boys enjoyed the city of Dublin, a trip to Kilmanham Jail, a potted history of early Dublin and a trip to the Guinness Storehouse.

After the second set of games, it was off to Waterford. The trip around the crystal factory lived up to all expectations and several of the boys had a go at blowing and cutting crystal. Trips to the Famine Ship at Dunbrody and ice skating came next before the final game of the tour against Waterford City RFC. The Waterford U14s seemed to be a bit bigger than our usual opposition but we stuck to our task losing narrowly 17-10. The final evening was spent with the rugby club enjoying Irish food, music and dance.

A fantastic tour once again, roll on 2008!

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