Pupils from Kings School Macclesfield spent several weeks this Summer touring South Africa, taking in some 12 games and soaking up the culture.
Just prior to the trip, Ex England International and South African born, Hendre Fourie, visited the touring group to wish them well on the tour, and give them a few hints about what to expect.
Having read the report following the trip, Hendre said 'I hope the boys cherish the opportunity to visit such a beautiful country and the experience of playing on the hard pitches and matching the physicality of the South African Players. The teams played well and seem to have had a great time, enjoying the SA hospitality and culture. I wish them all well for the future'.
In July and August, 52 pupils, 5 Staff and 1 Sports Therapist from King's Macclesfield embarked on a two and a half week rugby tour of South Africa playing 12 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 played some of the biggest rugby playing schools in South Africa, like Paul Roos Gymnasium and Jeppe High School for Boys. In stark contrast one of the games was against a deprived township side called the Leopards and as part of the experience the boys also coached sport to Primary age children the 'United Through Sport' Charity.
You can read the full report on the Kings School's web site - click here.
Mr Guy Mason, Kings Macclesfield, arranged the visit by Hendre Fourie via the Sharks Community Connections partnership, which offers player appearances, signed shirt and season tickets to partners - click here to find out more.
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