Under 16's tour to Portugal

Under 16's tour to Portugal

By Barry Pain
5th November 2018
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October 2018 - a report


Early Sunday morning the team departed from Luton Airport, the first offence resulting in a player doing press ups on the tarmac. Followed by the whole team doing the same to show their support of him.

We arrived in Lisbon, collected 2 mini buses and went to the Artillery Barracks where we were staying - basic but perfect for the boys - followed by an evening meal in our hosts club house.

Monday was spent seeing the sights of Lisbon and having lunch in a local cafe after which the boys had an evening Rugby training session with Belas our hosts followed by a meal in a local restaurant.

Tuesday - Kayak tour - most of the boys said they had been in kayaks before and knew what to do which proved to be more than a slight exaggeration but we had a great time and no-one drowned - followed by fun and games on the beach and rugby in the sea - only 1 jelly fish sting

Wed - Day sight seeing and an evening game against our hosts Belas, as you can imagine the boys had hardly slept and been very busy so the first half they were not switched on and allowed simple errors to give the opposition a convincing lead - the 2nd half was much different and the boys came into their own and played as they should showing the opposition what it meant to ruck and maul - unfortunately one of the boys injured his ankle resulting in a late night hospital visit and x-ray - luckily just a severe sprain but now on crutches and not allowed to put pressure on the foot - his team mates cared for him the rest of the week and even carried him at times.

Thursday - go kart races - yes they did crash a lot but the only injury was our first aider ( not serious ) who was rammed by two of the boys when they were supposed to stop - then an evening Rugby training session with Belas our hosts.

Friday - a tour of the Benfica stadium and museum followed by lunch and the boys being set free in the massive shopping centre to buy what they wanted.

Saturday - In the morning we watched our hosts play in their league game at a nearby ground and discovered the Portuguese and German national teams were having a friendly game on the pitch behind us so two games for the price of one then we played our final game ( as we were only a squad of 13 and already had one player on crutches some of the Belas boys came along to act as our substitutes ) - we were ahead the majority of the game but the boys allowed it to slip through their fingers with the opposition scoring a deciding try on the final whistle - there then followed court at the side of the pitch much to the amusement and surprise of the Portuguese who don't have court at the end of which the boys opened a court of their own and tried and punished the coaches - head coaches punishment will last a year- then again back to our hosts club house for food etc

Sunday - up early and to the airport for the return journey.

The boys are a true credit to their parents and to Luton Rugby Club - they created a very positive lasting impression everywhere they went and on every one they met - they were true ambassadors of the sport and the club they love

The whole team would like to thank everyone at the club who helped make this possible by donating their time money and support to the boys THANK YOU ALL
great praise also goes to Belas our hosts who help us in every way to ensure the boys had a wonderful experience

DAVID JONES
U16's Head Coach

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