In September last year, our intrepid u13’s (now the 14’s) hopped over to NZ for the first Shammies Juniors international tour for many years.
They went to Queenstown to play in a rugby tournament, and then got some time to let their hair down and soak up the local landscapes. After the rugby was finished, they got to spend time looking around Queenstown, jet boating, canoeing, and generally having a ball with their teammates and parents.
They flew over together and stayed in the same digs. The first few nights they slept with their parents, but the last night saw them all bunked in together for a night they will long remember. We dragged 5 of them aside after their Rd2 match and asked them how they enjoyed themselves…
What was the best thing about the trip?
Hanging out with mates
Getting to know each other so well – touring together is really different to training and playing together
Playing rugby in a different country – it was good hard rugby.
Getting out of Australia and seeing a new place
Going jet boating and the last night where we all hung out in the same room..
Funniest / strangest things you saw on tour?
10 boys sleeping in a cabin designed for 3 or 4 people
A whole busload of kids and parents singing songs
10-minute walks that took nearly an hour…
Kids flipping over their kayaks
Kangaroo court and some of the funny punishments dished out, like running up a steep hill in thongs or being made to go swimming in a freezing lake
What advice do you have for future touring teams?
Highly recommended, just do it
It is the best bonding experience ever
It is loads of fun, you need to get your kids to do one
They are the best, future Shammies must do it
Don’t mess up or you will get a
nickname that will stick for life