Edinburgh Rugby Tour 2016
Tuesday 30th August - Friday 2nd September
The U13A pre-season training squad of 20 boys, embarked on a rugby tour of Edinburgh, prior to the new school term and season starting.
The intentions of the tour were to prepare the boys for the season ahead, play some competitive fixtures and for the boys to meet and make new friends and enjoy new experiences.
After an early morning flight on Tuesday 30th August, the boys arrived in Scotland to enjoy some unusual sunny and warm weather as we made our way to Fettes College. Here, we received a warm welcome ahead of a mixed training session, and after lunch a training game.
This was an excellent opportunity for all of the boys to get involved in some game time, with the Caldicott boys playing some good attacking rugby. In the evening the boys enjoyed a walk around historic Edinburgh with a big team meal to finish the day at Hard Rock Cafe.
The boys had a panoramic bus tour of the city following breakfast, prior to visiting Edinburgh Castle. This gave the boys an opportunity to take in the superb views of the city skyline along with learning about the historical nature of the city. They particularly enjoyed looking at some of the weapons that have been used in battles gone by!
Following some historical indulgence, the boys moved onto play St. George Heriot's, one of the biggest day schools in Scotland. The fixture was held at Heriot's rugby club, and again the boys enjoyed plenty of possession in a fine attacking display, making full use of the dry and sunny conditions.
In the evening, the boys enjoyed a team meal at the popular Nandos before heading to the Cinema.
This started early with a superb guided tour and visit to the home of Scotland rugby: Murrayfield. Here the boys were able to learn about the history of Scottish rugby along with going inside the changing rooms, executive boxes and even getting to run out of the tunnel. Some did however forget that they are not supposed to run out onto the pitch; much to the anguish of our tour guide!
Following our Murrayfield stadium tour we made our way to Cargilfield prep school; the oldest prep school in Scotland. Here we had an outstanding welcome before a training session prior to lunch. Following this, we were treated to some bagpipes as the two teams took to the field for our last game on tour. Again, our boys found some good attacking rhythm to the game and played some good flowing rugby. What was however, most pleasing was our defensive effort in what proved to be our toughest match.
Post-match, we enjoyed a quick walk down to the picturesque Cranford bay, before having a BBQ with our Cargifield hosts in the evening. It was great to see our boys mixing in with their hosts and joining in with some of the boarders’ activities which were on offer.
After this some of the party were hosted out with Cargilfield parents whilst some stayed in the school boarding house. We really were superbly looked after at Cargilfield, and the boys made some great friends.
This was a great start to pre-season and it allowed all the boys to get lots of rugby ahead of the new season. At times our rugby was excellent, but we know that we have lots to work on ahead of the season, particularly in our defensive organisation. We know that we were not fully tested in every game, so we must not get complacent. Tough tests lie ahead.
Away from the pitch, Edinburgh proved to be a great city to tour, with lots of things for the boys to do and enjoy. It was great to be able to mix up activities for them and we received a warm welcome wherever we went.
Well done to the boys, who were a credit to the school and behaved very well throughout. It was also great to have some travelling parents, and their support was warmly received.
Thanks must also go to JSR and GTW for their time and hard work with the tour.
All in all, a very enjoyable touring experience.
J. Von Lewinski
Results (not including conversions)
v Fettes: Won 30-0
v St George Heriot's: Won 60-0
v Cargilfield: Won 40-0
Top try scorers:
G. Weldon 5
T. Martineau 3
L. Edstrom 3
D. Petschek 3
A. Greenwood 3
M. Ferreira 3
A. Dean 2
M. Adam 1
L. Ritchie 1
N. Harris 1
C. Baker 1