Sale Sharks Connections partner, King's School in Macclesfield are set to take the trip of a lifetime to South Africa this summer.
On Wednesday 23rd July, 52 pupils and 5 Staff and 1 Sports Therapist will embark on a two and a half week rugby tour of South Africa playing 10 games across the country, starting in Pretoria and Johannesburg, flying to Port Elizabeth and then along the Garden Route, before finishing in the beautiful city of Cape Town.
The boys will play some of the biggest rugby playing schools in South Africa, like Paul Roos Gymnasium and Jeppe High School for Boys in front of hundreds of spectators. In stark contrast one of these games will be in a deprived township and as part of the experience the boys will also be coaching rugby to Primary age children and helping the 'United Through Sport' Charity.
Whilst in South Africa they will also train and stay at the High Performance Centre in Pretoria, visit the world famous Apartheid Centre, have a look at the Loftus Versfeld rugby stadium and spend 2 days in the Kariega Game Reserve, before paying a visit to both Robben Island and Table Mountain.
Whilst touring is nothing new to these boys, the aggression and physicality the South Africans play with, will be a whole new experience for many and should only serve to give the boys a superb rugby playing experience!
From small acorns grow great oak trees and it was only two years ago when King's toured Canada, and played 10, won 9, scored 397 points and conceded just 68.
The boys at King's know how hard the rugby will be whilst on tour, but they also appreciate what a superb experience this presents and for some it will be the last time they play rugby for the school - the end of a 9 year rugby playing journey!
Sale Sharks wish King's School the best of luck on their tour this summer, and look forward to hearing how they get on.
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