Inspiring Kiwi tour

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STAMFORD School’s rugby players recently returned battered and bruised from a successful tour of New Zealand.

A development squad made up of 44 players travelled the length and breadth of the North and South Islands of the famously rugby-loving nation. As well as competing in 10 fixtures, the boys encountered All Blacks, Hakas, and one of the worst winter snowstorms in New Zealand’s history, with the South Island cut off due to snow and ice!

The players were also triumphant, with both the A and B squad winning four out of their five fixtures.

Coach David Laventure said: “It’s a very different environment where the boys are immersed in rugby from dusk till dawn. There was a great intensity in all the games which should prepare them well for the season ahead.”

First XV Captain Louis Grimold added: “It was a great experience for all the guys, especially with New Zealand preparing to host a World Cup. Hopefully we will be able to put everything we have learned into practice on the field.”