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VOYAGE ADVENTURE . RUGBY . CULTURE


SANIX WORLD RUGBY YOUTH TOURNAMENT B r i s b a n e B o y s ’ C o l l e g e C o m m e m o r at i v e P r o g r a m 2 0 1 5

It’s been affectionately deemed the ‘mini world cup’ - an honour and a privilege in the world of schoolboy rugby. Each year eight travelling teams converge on Fukuoka, Japan to compete against eight of the nation’s best in the annual SANIX World Rugby Youth Invitational Tournament at Global Arena. New Zealand, Canada, Russia, England, Korea, Japan; it’s a chance to show yourself to the world, a test of each team’s mental strength, muscle, grit and sheer determination. Scrums, dummy halfs and trys aside, experiential learning is the real game at play, with the tour a champion for expanding each

boy’s world view, their sense of adventure and cultural understanding. The reflections which follow ring true to these very sentiments, providing an insight into what it is like to not only play on a world stage, but to explore it completely.

Contents Overview3 Voyage: Adventure . Rugby . Culture 7

Nara Match

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Nagasaki Match

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Results Table 

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Korea Match

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Reflections of the SANIX Tour

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Quarter Final Match

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Stradbroke Camp

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Semi Final Match

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Marist College Trial

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Grand Final

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Training Season

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SANIX WORLD RUGBY YOUTH TOURNAMENT - TOUR OVERVIEW 25 April Depart Brisbane. Arrive in Fukuoka via Seoul at 7.55pm. 26 April Hiroshima and Fukuoka tour. 27 April First sight of the Global Arena. 28 April Welcome function for staff and management. Training day. 29 April Opening Ceremony. Day 1: Pool stage matches. 30 April Players and staff Welcome Party. Day 2: Pool stage matches.

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1 May Nagasaki tour. 2 May Day 3: Pool stage matches. 3 May Day 1: SANIX matches. 4 May Beppu Hot Springs Tour. 5 May Day 2: SANIX matches. 6 May Day 3: SANIX finals. 7 May Rest day. Explore Fukuoka at leisure. 8 May Depart Fukuoka. 9 May Arrive in Brisbane via Seoul at 6.50am.


Voyage

Adventure . culture . rugby Whether it’s a sense of adventure, experiencing new cultures, or simply broadening your world view, there’s nothing quite like travelling. The following reflections from Tour Manager and Director of Rugby, Steve Phillpotts, give weight to the depth and diversity of the tour experiences that clearly extend well beyond the rugby field. 25 April After a long but exciting day travelling from Brisbane to Seoul then on to Fukuoka, we arrived and headed to our hotel for bed.

26 April Day two on tour saw the boys enjoy a choice of traditional Japanese or western breakfast items from the hotel buffet; most enjoyed a combination of both. We then walked to nearby Hakata JR train station with our tour host for the day, Junko-san. Transitioning through the busy station we were soon onto a Shinkansen for a one hour transfer to Hiroshima, 258 kilometres away! With the contrasting rural and city landscapes speeding

by, one student commented on how surreal it all seemed; the excitement of being selected in November 2014; the anticipation of what was ahead when reading the tour itineraries; and now, here on the train! Arriving in Hiroshima we transferred onto a bus for our first stop, Hiroshima Castle. The castle is steeped in history and Japanese culture and is considered the home of Samurai warriors. From a makeshift Japanese POW camp in WWII to being rebuilt following the devastation of the atomic bomb, known as the ‘A-bomb’, the castle is now a modern day tourist attraction. The one hour visit gave boys time to absorb its rich history as a group; photos, holding samurai swords,

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trying on warrior costumes and scaling the staircases for a great view of the surrounding city were embraced, all enough to create a healthy appetite. Lunch was to be a highlight, a visit to a local Okonomiyaki restaurant (a signature dish of the locality) and boys became ‘masterchefs’ cooking their own dish in a great fun environment as distinct ‘kitchen personalities’ emerged around the hot plates. The final stop for the day was to be our most solemn. A two-hour excursion of Hiroshima Peace Park and Museum. The significance of atomic warfare and the total devastation it caused touched us all. The response of the city was to rebuild and as testimony of their spirit, a challenge to call for world peace. Many were able to place a paper crane in memory of Sadako Sasaki and pledge to play their part in world peace. The return Shinkansen ride to Hakata station provided time for deep reflection.

27 April Day three and the tour group checked out of our hotel in Fukuoka to visit a local shopping centre where a myriad of gift purchases were made. Next stop was Global Arena in Munakata (one hour north of Fukuoka city centre) which was to be ‘home’ for the next 10 days and nights. After settling in to the comfortable dormitory accommodation we then were orientated to our surrounds. We were to share this venue with 15 other boys rugby teams from eight other nations and during the day, eight additional girls Sevens teams. Coaches challenged our players with a ‘tough’ training session to get our minds back on rugby and acclimatised to the new conditions (drier air and synthetic surface) before dinner and a team meeting.

28 April Tuesday morning we engaged in a ‘sharp’ Captain’s run to complete our rugby

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preparation. A number of coach and manager meetings followed in the afternoon and then a meal in the cosmopolitan dining hall. Nathanael Carswell was lucky enough to have ‘happy birthday’ sung to him by an international cast of hundreds! A physio treatment session from our Japanese physio, Masuda, after dinner rounded off the day.

29 April On Wednesday we participated in the Opening Ceremony where all 24 international teams assembled. Our boys felt at home with the George Watsons’ College (Edinburgh) Pipe Band as the opening act. We also welcomed the 20 parents and family members who had travelled as supporters of our tour party. At 3.00pm the much anticipated kick off for Match 1of Pool D began with the highly competitive and well drilled Gose Industrial School. Leading but with a close score (12-10), the College team were able to open up the scoring as the match progressed to complete the scoreboard as 27–10 victors. The BBC scorecard showed a bonus point win (four or more tries) and try scorers: Cal Hope, Ben Gunter, Lachlan Foulds and Fraser Cotton. Sam Vaughey added four points with two conversions and Isaac Henry ‘nailed’ a penalty into the wind to complete the 27 point haul. With no significant injuries and a win, the boys were in good spirits. Many spent the evening swapping BBC items with other international school students.

30 April Match 2 against Nagasaki Hokoyudai High School was an opportunity for our boys to perform on the ‘world stage’ and, without exception, all rose to the occasion. A light team run at 9.00am gave brief opportunity for the squad to test new combinations before our 2.00pm kick off. At this point in the tour, our match day


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routines started to take shape – entrenched with strapping, unit meetings and warm ups before kick off. Our Japanese physio, Masuda, endeared himself to the boys with his professional approach to strapping and injury management that was appreciated by all in this ‘war of attrition’ tournament. Our match day warm up ran to routine and there was much anticipation amongst the group. We were ready to perform, having experienced the Japanese approach to rugby the day prior. Our squad was prepared for what lay ahead - total physical commitment from our opponents! Our boys did the College proud as each gave his all in the physical contest. Leading 19–0 at half time there was a hunger to finish what the group had begun and cement another five points on the pool table (four points for a win and an extra point for scoring four or more tries). In what was truly a team effort from all 30 squad members, the team were able to dominate the second half and complete a 48–7 victory! Tries were secured by Joe Stead, Nathaniel Carswell, Johnny Seabrook, Lenny Ikitau, Connor Christensen, Jayden Ngamanu and Chris Yanopa with conversions from Isaac Henry and Joe Stead. Following the scheduled recovery session, boys were able to catch up with families and friends before assembling in full College uniform for the Welcome Party; an event which proved to be a highlight of the tournament with all 24 teams assembled in the Sports Complex with respective staff. Following dinner, each team presented a practiced three minute performance to the entire assembled crowd. Brisbane Boys’ College were the very first team to perform on the evening! With a well-rehearsed three minute routine our boys again stepped up to the mark and produced a crowd favourite performance that set the tone of the evening! Jayden Ngamanu and Lenny Ikitau are to be commended for their leadership in preparing the group for this quality performance.

early knowing they had brought honour to themselves and the College in their performances throughout the day.

1 May An official tournament rest day, SANIX sponsored a trip to Nagasaki for all 24 teams. We were again challenged to examine our own hearts and minds as we explored the rebuilt war-torn city.

2 May Day three of the tournament and the final pool matches: our opponents, Baek Shin High School from Korea, had been struggling to match the pace of the other two Japanese teams in our pool and our team were focussed on finishing these pool rounds as leaders. Up 19–0 at half time, the College boys lifted another couple of cogs and poured on 61 points (in 25 minutes) with a dynamic display of unstructured rugby. Twelve tries in total were scored and, in an example of the building synergy in the group, these came from 10 different try scorers! Kris Verevis had an outstanding day kicking nine from nine conversions and scoring two tries as halfback where his darting run times challenged the Korean defence. The post-match College war cry was enjoyed by all and celebrated our finish at the top of Pool D. The Place Deciding Tournament was now in our sights with our final three matches set to determine where we would place in the top eight. The next day were granted a late breakfast and a well-earned sleep in was enjoyed.

3 May We woke to the first day of grey skies and rain. Our opponent was the Enisei-STM school from Russia. After the free flowing efforts of our boys in the initial pool stages we knew that the weather and a physically combative Russian team would look to challenge us.

A very satisfied tour group ‘hit the sack’

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With the match underway the close tussle eventuated with a low scoring and physically ruthless first half. BBC were behind on the scoreboard and the character of the team was being tested like never before. Eventually our boys sparked some great attacking rugby and the final whistle signalled a 22-14 victory to the College. The war cry was enjoyed by all as it signalled the prospect of a top four finish. Our next game was the semi final. Anticipation set in as we prepared to face the 2014 schools champions Scots College, Wellington, New Zealand.

4 May After topping our pool with 3–3 wins and securing a win in a tough quarter final against Russian team, Enisei-STM (boasting 19 national team members in their squad), the tour party enjoyed a day off at Beppu, enjoying some well deserved rest time. Beppu is famous in Japan for having the most number of hot springs in the country and this tourism mecca on the coast has utilised these natural volcanic springs in many ways. In a bid to avoid the traffic of Golden Week we set off early at 6.00am. One of only two weeks is allocated in the Japanese calendar for family holidays. Beppu was a family haven with generations of family members sharing time together. Arriving at Beppu, our tour party was joined by our family supporters at a sand bath right on the beach. A sand bath is a traditional method of recovery initiated for the Samurai warriors on their return from battle. They are ‘buried’ beneath hot sand as the volcanic hot water has heated the sand before, some 15 minutes later a cold shower refreshes and cleanses to complete the recovery. Our boys all participated and enjoyed the experience, as did the staff and supporters. A visit to ‘Hell Pools’ was to follow with the full intensity of the volcanic springs evident. One crystal clear pool is 98 degrees Celsius. The Japanese have been known to cook eggs

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in this pool using a basket. Boiling mud pools are also present as well as more tepid water where foot bathing is invited. Lunch was booked at a local Yakiniku style restaurant where boys were able to self-select a range of meats and vegetables to cook at their own table complete with gas BBQ plate. To finalise the trip, a swim was organised at the prestigious Suginoi Hotel in Beppu where the outdoor pool boasts multi-million dollar views over the scenic bay. Boys were able to have a mud bath or a hot spring soak. Our trip home was enjoyed by all who were awake to view the mountainous scenery and great infrastructure (tunnels and bridges) creating a smooth four-lane freeway. The semi final was dawning and the boys slept well in preparation for the match.

5 May In a 60 minute match against the reigning New Zealand Secondary Schools Champions, I can honestly say I have never seen a College team with such commitment and purpose go about a task so completely (and I started coaching at BBC in 1989!). What was achieved in this match was monumental. The final College score line of 34–8 reflected the dominance of our players in completely shutting down the New Zealand schools representative players. Every player on the field knew he carried the honour of his other 15 team mates who weren’t on the field. This was a 30 man squad effort and has been all along. Leading the way to provide total inspiration to all was a dominant Kris Verevis at halfback; his sniping runs, dogged defence and accurate goal kicking continued to lift those on and off the field! Every other player in our squad was right there with him when needed as well. Our focus then turned to the final of the World Youth Rugby Tournament, where we would face the toughest of opponents in Paul Roos Gymnasium from South Africa, who won their semi final 65-0 over Truro College


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from England. Throughout the tournament they had been effectively unchallenged on the scoreboard, so we knew this would be tough.

6 May THE TOURNAMENT FINAL Following an emotional high and a number of injuries from the semi final, BBC faced tournament favourites, Paul Roos Gymnasium, the very next day and we were defeated by the South African team in the grand final of the World Youth Rugby Tournament in Fukuoka, Japan. The first half was dominated by the South African’s attack, which starved the Brisbane boys of any ball. To their credit, BBC kept the South African team to 13–0 at half time; the lowest half time score for the Paul Roos team throughout the tournament. In the second half, the defensive effort of BBC had just taken too much out of them, with a total of 22 points being scored against them. Although they made several attempts

to cross the South African line, the defence was too strong with the only opportunity to get some points being a penalty with the final score being 35–3. The South Africans had been the highest scoring team throughout the tournament. In their five lead up games they had scored 281 points with only 13 points scored against them; their line only crossed once! In comparison BBC had scored 222 points for with 45 points against – only having their line crossed three times. Whilst disappointed at the final outcome, the BBC players soon rallied to appreciate the significance of their result; second in the world in what had been an outstanding experience and an opportunity of a lifetime to work together to achieve a ‘dream result’. Smiles soon returned as the Runners Up trophy and individual medallions were presented to all 30 players and staff in what was the culmination of a great team effort from all members of the team and families.

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Match 1 v Gose High School (Nara) – BBC 27-10 1

Connor Christensen

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Jack Farrell

13

Len Ikitau

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Jack Middleton

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Sean Farrell

8

Ben Gunter

14

Kris Verevis

20

Adam Simpson

3

Lachlan Foulds

9

Sam Vaughey

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Jayden Ngamanu

21

Isaac Henry

4

Darcy Tai’mua-Swain

10

Tiaontin Raoren

16

Chris Yanopa

22

Will Andersson

5

Cal Hope

11

Ben Simpson

17

Dan Wall

23

Josh Betar

6

Francis Njau

12

Fraser Cotton

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Lachlan Schofield

Tries: Cal Hope (1), Lachlan Foulds (1), Ben Gunter (1) and Fraser Cotton (1). Conversions: Sam Vaughey (2) Penalties: Isaac Henry (1)

Match 2 v Nagasaki Hokoyudai High School – BBC 48-7 1

Connor Christensen

7

Nic Porter

13

Josh Betar

19

Tom Edgecombe

2

Sean Farrell

8

Cal Hope

14

Len Ikitau

20

Saula Senituli

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Chris Yanopa

9

Isaac Henry

15

Nathanael Carswell

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Kris Verevis

4

Jakob Brown

10

Will Andersson

16

Lachlan Foulds

22

Fraser Cotton

5

Jack Middleton

11

Joe Stead

17

Ben Gunter

23

Jayden Ngamanu

6

Adam Simpson

12

Johnny Seabrook

18

Lachlan Schofield

Tries: Joe Stead (2), Nathaniel Carswell (2), Johnny Seabrook (1), Lenny Ikitau (1), Connor Christensen (1), Jayden Ngamanu (1) and Chris Yanopa (1). Conversions: Isaac Henry (2) and Joe Stead (2)

Match 3 v Baek Shin High School (Korea) – BBC 80-13 1

Connor Christensen

7

Nic Porter

13

Joe Stead

19

Jack Farrell

2

Chris Yanopa

8

Saula Senituli

14

Josh Betar

20

Jakob Brown

3

Lachlan Schofield

9

Kris Verevis

15

Nathanael Carswell

21

Sam Vaughey (DNP)

4

Tom Edgecombe

10

Will Andersson

16

Adam Simpson

22

Tiaontin Raoren (DNP)

5

Jack Middleton

11

Ben Simpson

17

Lachlan Foulds

23

Jayden Ngamanu

6

Dan Wall

12

Johnny Seabrook

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Francis Njau

Tries: Kris Verevis (2), Ben Simpson (2), Josh Betar (1), Jack Middleton (1), Joe Stead (1), Jack Farrell (1), Jayden Ngamanu (1), Will Andersson (1), Francis Njau (1) and Nathanael Carswell (1). Conversions: Kris Verevis (9) and Josh Betar (2)

Quarter Final v Enisei-STM (Russia) – BBC 22-14 1

Connor Christensen

7

Jack Farrell

13

Len Ikitau

19

Jakob Brown

2

Sean Farrell

8

Ben Gunter

14

Joe Stead

20

Dan Wall

3

Lachlan Foulds

9

Sam Vaughey

15

Jayden Ngamanu

21

Isaac Henry

4

Darcy Tai’mua-Swain

10

Tiaontin Raoren

16

Chris Yanopa

22

Josh Betar

5

Cal Hope

11

Ben Simpson

17

Francis Njau

23

Kris Verevis

6

Saula Senituli

12

Fraser Cotton

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Lachlan Schofield

Tries: Sam Vaughey (1), Kris Verevis (1) and Tiaontin Raoren (1). Conversions: Kris Verevis (2) Penalties: Isaac Henry (1) 16


Semi Final v Scots College (New Zealand) – BBC 34-8 1

Connor Christensen

7

Nic Porter

13

Len Ikitau

19

Saula Senituli

2

Sean Farrell

8

Ben Gunter

14

Nathanael Carswell

20

Jack Middleton

3

Lachlan Foulds

9

Kris Verevis

15

Fraser Cotton

21

Sam Vaughey

4

Darcy Tai’mua-Swain

10

Jayden Ngamanu

16

Chris Yanopa

22

Will Andersson

5

Cal Hope

11

Ben Simpson

17

Francis Njau

23

Joe Stead

6

Jack Farrell

12

John Seabrook

18

Lachlan Schofield

Tries: Nathanael Carswell (1), Jack Farrell (1), Ben Simpson (1) and Kris Verevis (1). Conversions: Kris Verevis (3) and Fraser Cotton (1) Penalties: Kris Verevis (1) and Fraser Cotton (1)

Final v Paul Roos Gymnasium (South Africa) – BBC 3-35 1

Connor Christensen

7

Nic Porter

13

Nathanael Carswell

19

Saula Senituli

2

Sean Farrell

8

Jack Farrell

14

Joe Stead

20

Daniel Wall

3

Lachlan Foulds

9

Kris Verevis

15

Fraser Cotton

21

Isaac Henry

4

Darcy Tai’mua-Swain

10

Jayden Ngamanu

16

Chris Yanopa

22

Will Andersson

5

Cal Hope

11

Ben Simpson

17

Francis Njau

23

Josh Betar

6

Jack Middleton

12

John Seabrook

18

Lachlan Schofield

Penalties: Kris Verevis (1)

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REFLEC TIONS OF THE SANIX TOUR

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Will Andersson Tour Captain’s report The SANIX 2015 experience has most definitely left its mark on 30 BBC boys and five coaches. We left Brisbane with great anticipation, and after months of training in the Powerzone and at Camp ‘Straddie’ we knew our squad was well prepared. We definitely looked the part as we left with our matching kit, but what we came home with was life altering; a sense of true achievement and a camaraderie that is hard to explain. It occurred to me as I stood arm in arm with my College brothers and sang our National Anthem prior to the grand final that we were playing not only for our school and family, but for our country. We had not yet played that final, but we had won. In October last year we started on the road to SANIX. Without the faith of our coaching staff and the support of the parents, the BBC community and our sponsors we would not have started that journey and we owe them the greatest amount of thanks. Not only did we play rugby, we were treated to some of Japan’s greatest tourist attractions like Hiroshima, Nagasaki and the hot spring resorts of Beppu. While Japan sometimes proved culturally challenging for us and we literally hungered for the comforts of home, we took it in our stride and enjoyed meeting other rugby fanatics from eight nations. Although we spoke different languages, the passion for rugby needed no translation. The BBC 2015 SANIX tourists are a group, united by this great experience and as we prepare to continue our battle into the GPS season, we can hold our heads high – second in the WORLD! Thanks again to everyone who helped make this tour a reality, for giving us a belief in ourselves, and for memories that will last a lifetime. Arigatou Gozaimasu.

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Tim Mosey (staff coach) Most memorable moment

Winning the semi final. Or the all you can eat meat buffet on our day off. Cultural experience

The eerie feeling at both the Nagasaki and Hiroshima atomic bomb sites. Such a devastating event only 70 years ago, now replaced by beautiful cities. What stood out?

The feeling which comes from competing against some of the country’s top schoolboy teams. From preparation to the final event, as a coach what was the most rewarding aspect of the experience?

From a physical preparation standpoint coming home with only one minor injury from six games in nine days says volumes for the effort the squad put in leading up to the tournament.To witness props playing five and a half games and jogging off the field when replaced was very satisfying. The confidence gained by the squad through their effort in preparation gives them a strong base from which to launch into the GPS season.

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Ben Spearritt (staff coach) Most memorable moment

Definitely winning the semi final. It was so pleasing to see the way the team played together to dominate such a strong opposition! It will remain a memory for life. Cultural experience

Visit to Hiroshima. Such a grounding experience to see the destruction that occurred and all the stories that are recorded. The positive way the people have dealt with the atrocity in the quest for world peace, is a tribute to the Japanese. What stood out?

The feeling which comes from competing against some of the country’s top schoolboy teams. It’s perspective I guess. It is great to see the way different teams and countries play: I loved watching the Japanese teams and their commitment to rugby.We can learn a lot from these other nations. From preparation to the final event, as a coach what was the most rewarding aspect of the experience?

It is satisfying to see the preparation ‘pay off’. Seeing the fruits of training on the field in the boys’ execution and their confidence grow. It was also very satisfying to see the group grow together as a team and as individuals.

Bryan Belcher (staff coach) Most memorable moment

When I reflect on the tour I remember only happy things: • How it is possible through self-belief to achieve new heights. • How young men at the start of February were now taking ownership of their positions. • The enormous amount of kinship and team spirit that helped us through hard training sessions and games. • The happy times on the bus, how laughter is truly the best thing in the whole world. • The great opportunity we as coaches had to go on such a lovely tour and the trust the parents bestowed on us to take care of the boys. • The great friendship and bonds that were made with the boys. Sometimes light-hearted conversations and other times a bit deeper (life, rugby, manners and the journey you take as a man and the many highs and lows still to come). • The great rugby that was played by all boys. • A chance for the coaches to get to know one another. • The great assistance we received from all the parents in making it happen! • How I missed my sons and the feeling I got when I saw them after two weeks. Thanks boys for a great time.Thanks BBC. Thanks, from the heart. 26


Will Andersson Most memorable moment

The entire tour was an experience that I will never forget, but the atmosphere within the stadium and during the games was truly unforgettable. Cultural experience

Beyond everything else the Beppu Hot Springs and mud/sand baths stood out. The feeling which comes from competing against some of the world’s top schoolboy teams

It was an honour and privilege to play against top players and teams from across the country and it gives me the motivation to keep persisting to become a better player.

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Jakob Brown Most memorable moment

The most memorable moment for me besides playing in an amazing tournament, was being the youngest in the squad and carrying a Koala we named “Kazza” around Hiroshima. Cultural experience

The most captivating experience I had was at the SANIX World Rugby Youth Tournament Party when all the teams had to perform a song or dance. It was great seeing other countries perform, especially some of the Japanese teams! The feeling which comes from competing against some of the world’s top schoolboy teams

For me, being the youngest in our squad, seeing all the older guys playing not only in our team but others, was a great experience and definitely something I will cherish! Being given the opportunity to play against and alongside some of these guys is something that was unreal!

Nathanael Carswell Most memorable moment

Getting my towel stolen on the first day by Lachlan Schofield. Cultural experience

That we were able to make friends from all over the world even if there was somewhat of a language barrier. The feeling which comes from competing against some of the world’s top schoolboy teams

I think the feeling is best described as “Once in a lifetime.”

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Connor Christensen Most memorable moment

My favourite part about my trip to Japan was the ability to bond and socialise with people from all around the world and to learn about rugby from their perspective. Cultural experience

I thought that culturally, Hiroshima and Nagasaki couldn’t be any more important and special and I think the boys took a lot from that. The feeling which comes from competing against some of the world’s top schoolboy teams

I will forever remember beating the New Zealanders at their own game. It was overall an unforgettable experience and one that I wouldn’t change in any way.

Fraser Cotton Most memorable moment

Over the course of the stay in Japan my favourite memory on the sporting front was our victory against Scots College in the semi final. Cultural experience

Culturally the hot spring baths at Beppu was my favourite.

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Thomas Edgecombe Most memorable moment

Japan was a once in a lifetime experience, leaving the squad with great memories. Cultural experience

One of my favourite experiences was relaxing at the hot springs in Beppu. The feeling which comes from competing against some of the world’s top schoolboy teams

After playing against some top schoolboy teams I believe that I have grown as a player and am hoping to further my abilities in the GPS Season.

Jack Farrell Most memorable moment

My favourite memory of the Japan tour was when we beat Scots College in the semi final.

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Sean Farrell Most memorable moment

My favourite memory was running out against Scots College and winning.

Lockie Foulds Most memorable moment

The SANIX Rugby Tour was a great experience, a truly once in a lifetime tour with a great bunch of blokes. It’s not every day you get a chance to play and beat the Kiwis. Great memories that I will never forget.

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Ben Gunter Most memorable moment

The best part about my trip was that I got to experience Japan with my ‘brothers’ and was able to share so much with them every step of the way. Cultural experience

Having a couple of days to explore Japan was truly a gift and something I will always remember. I got to learn new things in a different culture and see how people think in different ways. The feeling which comes from competing against some of the world’s top schoolboy teams

The Japan trip for me was unbelievable. I didn’t know what to expect. Just playing rugby was a privilege, but getting the chance to play against people from all parts of the world was truly an honour. I would like to thank everyone that made this experience possible. This is a tour I will remember for the rest of my life.

Isaac Henry Most memorable moment

Stepping out on the field in game two, with a starting number on my back, was a great feeling knowing the coaches had confidence in me to get the job done. I didn’t get another opportunity to start so this game was one I fondly remember. The feeling which comes from competing against some of the world’s top schoolboy teams

Stepping out onto the field made of synthetic grass was a weird feeling, but with my green, white and black brothers either side of me, that feeling was short lived. A slow start to the game gave all the boys a chance to get used to playing on different turf, and not long after we put points on the board. A second win in Japan was proving the early morning gym sessions and watt bikes were worth it. A big thanks to all who made an effort to get the College to Japan! Loved every minute! Conquer MMXV!

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Cal Hope Most memorable moment

My most memorable moment of the trip would have to be beating Scots College in the semi final putting us through to the final. It was an outstanding effort from the team. Cultural experience

Culturally Japan is an incredibly different place to Australia.What stands out the most though would be the incredible bounce back the people have shown after such horrific incidents like the nuclear bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The feeling which comes from competing against some of the world’s top schoolboy teams

It isn’t very often you get to play against international schools, let alone some of the world’s best. It was an unbelievable experience. It was also great to see how other countries play their rugby and how different it is to how we play here in Australia.

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Len Ikitau Most memorable moment

Making the finals and beating New Zealand in the semi finals. Cultural experience

Vending machines are everywhere you go, whether you’re inside or outside, and also the food. The feeling which comes from competing against some of the world’s top schoolboy teams

It was a good experience seeing how good other players and teams are around the world.

Jack Middleton Most memorable moment

The most memorable moment from my trip would have to be getting the opportunity to play against Paul Roos Gymnasium in the tournament final. I was stoked the team had made it that far in the tournament and couldn’t wait to play. Cultural experience

Visiting both Hiroshima and Nagasaki was probably the most memorable cultural experience. It was amazing to see how such beautiful cities have been built after the destruction from the atomic bombs dropped in WWII; visiting the museums and memorials was a moving experience. The feeling which comes from competing against some of the world’s top schoolboy teams

The opportunity to play against and watch teams from all over the world and also to interact with the players was a great experience. To witness how different countries played the game of rugby while representing my own school was something I’ll always remember.

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Francis Njau Most memorable moment

The SANIX Tournament was great and the memories will stay with me for the rest of my life. I enjoyed being exposed to a different culture and playing competitive international rugby. It was great to travel with the entire squad knowing that we we’ve hadgiven givenourour all in preparing for this event. The feeling which comes from competing against some of the world’s top schoolboy teams

We had a good result and I gained much more confidence as a rugby player.

Jayden Ngamanu Most memorable moment

I have a lot of good lifelong memories from the tour. Not just things we did as a team but also having many cultural experiences. Cultural experience

Walking around Japan and forgetting that not everyone speaks English and having to try and talk to them. It made you want to learn the language or at least enough so you didn’t have to spend so much time trying to explain things. Or, like me, getting things wrong. An example of that would be the day I tried to order six nuggets and ended up with six boxes of nuggets!

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Nick Porter Most memorable moment

My most memorable moment from the trip was standing in front of the crowd in the grand final against South Africa and singing the National Anthem. Cultural experience

One of the biggest cultural experiences was trying to use chopsticks and also the Beppu Hot Springs and mud baths. The feeling which comes from competing against some of the world’s top schoolboy teams

The feeling of playing against some of the world’s best young players was amazing. At first it was a bit daunting, but once you get the jitters out of the way you realise you’re up to that level of footy and can hang in there with the best, which is an awesome feeling. All in all I will never forget the times I shared with my ‘brothers’ in Japan and the places we travelled.

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Lachlan Schofield Most memorable moment

The most memorable moment for me on the trip was lining up to sing the National Anthem in the final. Cultural experience

The culture was much different to that of Australia. The people are so kind and all they wanted to do was to help you.The food was great as well. I’ve never eaten that much rice in a two week period before. The feeling which comes from competing against some of the world’s top schoolboy teams

The trip was a great experience for me. Playing the best schools from around the world helped me to develop as a player and become more confident on the field.

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Johnny Seabrook The feeling which comes from competing against some of the world’s top schoolboy teams

The trip was a good experience, with good rugby and even better boys.

Adam Simpson Konnichiwa boku wa Adam desu Most memorable moment

My most memorable moment would have to be the first five minutes of the semi final against Scots College, New Zealand where we placed our first try and next thing we know we are scoring try after try. It was an extraordinary feeling to know that we were one step closer to becoming the second best team in Australia. Cultural experience

The cultural life I experienced in Japan was something I will never forget from visiting museums, eating strange foods and getting covered in sand. The feeling which comes from competing against some of the world’s top schoolboy teams

It was an extraordinary feeling. I want to thank not just the coaches but the whole 30 team members who travelled to Japan for a great experience I will never forget. Arigatou Gozaimasu.

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Ben Simpson Most memorable moment

My most memorable moment of the Japan trip was not an activity, nor our wins, but the whole experience: playing rugby in a different country, competing against top schoolboy teams and learning about different cultures in Japan. Growing up in a small city like Cairns, I would have never even dreamt of playing rugby in a worldwide tournament with 16 different schoolboy teams, let alone the great outcome we received. I am so fortunate to be able to play against the top schoolboy teams and to see how other countries played the game we all love. Going to Japan was a great experience and I learnt many new things that I will cherish forever.

Joe Stead Most memorable moment

My most memorable moment from the trip would have to be beating New Zealand in the semi final and Mr Mosey’s Hotel California performance. Cultural experience

What I thought stood out in terms of a cultural experience was the attitude by the Japanese towards us: always friendly whether that was after a game or in the street. The feeling which comes from competing against some of the world’s top schoolboy teams

The feeling I got from playing against some of the world’s top schoolboy teams was a feeling of belief, thinking we actually are as good as these teams.

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Darcy Tai’mua-Swain Most memorable moment

Easily the most memorable moment was playing against the New Zealand schoolboy champions, Scots College, and winning; playing some really good team footy. Cultural experience

The food was totally different from Aussie food and was a very widening cultural experience. The feeling which comes from competing against some of the world’s top schoolboy teams

A great way to see what the schoolboy competition is like all across the world, especially in Japan.

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Sam Vaughey Most memorable moment

Visiting the Dome in Hiroshima and catching the bullet train. Cultural experience

The best cultural experience was eating at some different restaurants where I knew nothing on the menu but ended up having a really nice meal; and mixing with the Japanese locals who spoke little English, talking about where we come from and what we were doing in Japan. The feeling which comes from competing against some of the world’s top schoolboy teams

Since we have played the best, we know what separates us and them. So a feeling of relief but also excitement as we know we can mix it with the best schoolboy teams in the world.

Kris Verevis Most memorable moment

Japan was a really lovely place, full of fantastic people. I really loved it there because the people were nice and fun to talk to. I really enjoyed playing against all the Japanese teams, but my greatest memory of all would be beating NZ in the semi final.

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Daniel Wall Cultural experience

The food was certainly different, I think 29 out of the 30 boys were pretty sick of rice by the end, with the exception of Francis Njau, who claimed “You can never have enough rice.” The feeling which comes from competing against some of the world’s top schoolboy teams

It’s not so much a feeling, but more so a case of playing what comes naturally.

Chris Yanopa Most memorable moment

Tour memories would be of the spa (which helped with a good recovery) and definitely exposure to international rugby and experiencing different styles of play.

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