Help send young players on tour

2018-01-23 06:00

For almost 30 years, boys have been receiving the opportunity to grow in both life experience and rugby skills.

The u.16 Vineyard Boys’ Rugby Team will travel to Italy in March on their 29th tour.

Organised by former Camps Bay teacher, Eban Tucker, the tour looks to give players an opportunity to play overseas and experience different playing conditions, accompanied by an amazing educational opportunity. “The first tour in 1985 was such a great success that parents and players have continued to want to have their children on these tours. This is the 29th tour that I am organising and accompanying.”

These tours bring to light much of what the players learn in school, Tucker says.

“For example, if the players are studying Romeo and Juliet in school, we will go to Verona to see Juliet’s home. The players know Parma ham and Parmesan cheese and so we visit farms to see where these items are produced and manufactured.”

The team will also grow their rugby skills, he explains, and the numbers are kept to around 27 or 28 players to maximise the amount of game time each player ­receives. “The idea of the tour is for the players to learn and grow on the tour. We hope that they come back home and their level of play is greatly improved.”

Some of the players to pass through the tour’s ranks include Springbok Juandre Kruger, says Tucker. “At the moment Ramone Samuels is playing for Stormers. Dawie Snyman is coaching the Western Province team that won the Currie Cup. Norman Laker is the defence coach of this same team.”

As a private tour, players have to cover their own costs, Tucker explains, although discounts and living with host families greatly reduce the expense – and these days, sponsorship is hard to come by.

V For more information or to provide sponsorships, email vineyardboysrugby@gmail.com.

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