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Up Trinity College Rugby Team's NZ Tour - 10-21-2006, 12:48 AM

This is something I got from the hi5 site's Trinity College group, written by a Thomian living in New Zealand

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Hello All,

A friend and fellow Old Thomian, related an experience he had last week
which I thought was truly worthwhile recounting to you.

"The highlight of my holiday last week in Aucklandwas watching the touring
Trinity College Rugby team play and represent the school at large. What
fine ambassadors these young men were to their school and country.

I first met with them one evening when our hosts in Aucklandinvited us to
accompany them to the hostel where the team was billeted. I was introduced
to the TCK Rugby captain for next year, a Wanigasekera boy and what fine
manners he displayed as he conducted himself in conversation and
discussion. The TCK team had come to New Zealandto get experience ahead of
next year's season. This therefore meant that senior players who had
contributed to the success of the just concluded season were not able to
travel. This was not a trip for fun and reward for a great season but as a
tour to gain experience for becoming better for next year!! The team
manager's son who had been a senior was also not ruled to travel since this
was for building next year's side and not for reward! Apparently when the
TCK team walked through the immigration at Aucklandairport they cut such
striking figures that they caught the attention of most around at that
time.

The team itself played two games, losing one narrowly and winning one by a
huge margin. The Rugby Skills displayed was fantastic especially the way
the team including the backs would set up for rucking and 'phase' plays.
The team would go into several phases and engage the opposition completely
especially the larger built 'Kiwi' schoolboys. The backs would run the ball
with excellent running skills which would have made any Super 14 team stop
and take notice! After the second game, the young captain made a very good
speech thanking their hosts for the arrangements and the Auckland RFU and
the NZRFU for their support. He also wished the losing opposition and
congratulated the victorious TCK team and did all of this like a seasoned
veteran!

No doubt the highlight of the tour was when the TCK team had been invited
to be present and take part in a practice session with the Auckland Air New
Zealand National Provincial Championship team and much to the team's
delight and luck had Graham Henry, the All Blacks coach who was also
present to watch the practice, spend 30-45 minutes in a coaching session
with the TCK team at the scrum machine!!! After this the TCK forwards were
allowed the opportunity to practice line out skills against the Auckland
team which had the All Black lock forward Ali Williams jumping for the ball
with All Blacks Hooker Keven Meelamu throwing the ball into the line out!!
And the TCK backs had the opportunity of practicing with the Aucklandbacks
which included All Black wingers Joe Rokocoko and Doug Howlett !!! What
amazing experience this would have been to a young team of schoolboy rugby
players. The team also went on to watch a quarter final NPC match between
Aucklandand Bayof Plenty.

This team will be strong force to play against for any school team in the
next season.

The parents and Old Boys of TCK in Sri Lankaand New Zealandand possibly
elsewhere had helped with putting the tour together."

That was his account. For our part, the Old Thomians here in New Zealand,
hope we can organize ourselves just as well sometime in the not too distant
future.

With Best Wishes to all….

RaviKalpage
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10-21-2006, 07:11 AM

thnx 4 da info machan. ela kiri
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10-21-2006, 08:59 AM

Ela para.............
Thanks bro
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smile 10-22-2006, 10:30 PM

it was a dream tour wasn't it???????
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