Going on rugby tour is a fantastic way to build team spirit and morale, and provides a rare and exciting opportunity for players and coaches to get to know each other even better, helping to build teamwork and camaraderie both on and off the pitch.

After two-years in the making, 22 July saw rugby boys from our Fifth and Sixth Form set off for a trip of a life-time – a two-week rugby tour of Australia.

For many of the boys, who spent months raising their own money to fund the trip, this was a first visit to Australia and, as well as having the opportunity to play against some outstanding players, they were also able to take in many of the wonderful sights that Australia boasts including famous landmarks including the Sydney Opera House. At Manly the boys enjoyed a speedboat tour around the harbour. They swam in the sea at Bondi Beach and took in spectacular views at the Blue Mountains.

They also toured Fraser Island in 4X4s and explored its underwater depths where they saw whales, jellyfish and a 100-year-old shipwreck! Of course no trip to Australia is complete without some surfing and so a trip to Noosa was in order, which provided them with some great surf.

However, rugby was the at the heart of the tour, so plenty of training was scheduled and exciting fixtures were played. The boys learnt a lot about their game, areas to improve and were able to bond as a team.

The tour really had everything: great rugby, stunning scenery, outstanding hosts and the opportunity to make new lifelong friends.

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