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SEOUL SURV IVORS

Maybe Next Weekend

R U G B Y F O OT B AL L C L U B IN BRIEF: • Training at Jamwon rugby pitch scheduled for 10am Saturday. Make your own way there or meet Kurt outside Itaewon Paris Baguette at 9:15am. • YSC: The Rams upset the Beijing Devils 15-6 in Guangzhou. • A5N: Korea upset 30-27 by Kazakhstan in Almaty.

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Saturday, May 2, 2009

• Subs are due to Roddy. 100,000 won. • Philippines trip in June. Sign up and play against a full national squad. Contact Ted.

PITCH DIRECTIONS:

Leave

Apgujeong

Station

through Exit 6. Walk straight down two blocks and turn right between Hyundai High School and Shinsa Middle School. Walk to the end of the street and turn left following the highway embankment until you can enter the River Park area about 50 metres ahead on your right through the tunnel. Look for the rugby posts.

CONTACTS:

Ted Gray (President) 011-287-9558

Roddy Bancroft (Manager) 016-494-7363

Simon Walsh (Pitch Captain) 010-9417-9554

Kurtis Taogaga (Media) 010-7263-5878

Rawiri King (Coach) 010-8698-4982

Justin Jackson (Social Officer) 010-5465-6122

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Survivors Downed In Third Quarter Nightmare

• A5N: Japan smash HK 59-6. • There are still Survivors shirts to be bought. 10,000 for players; 15,000 for nonplayers.

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A spirited Survivors team went down to the semi-pro Daesim Trading Company side in a tense match in Ansan City last Saturday. Despite an hour and a half subway commute to Ansan, the Survivors arrived in the Gyeonggi Province city in high spirits and with a full complement of players. The match was held at Ansan Lake Park on an overcast May morning. The day promised much. For the Survivors, this would likely be the toughest match of the year thus far. Many of the squad had never squared off against paid players before. The plan was to face a semi-pro Daesim team under IRB rules with an accredited referee. Not all promises were fulfilled. At the Korean’s request, there were to

be uncontested scrums and no rucking (despite Daesim’s glut of big forwards) and the company-supplied ref’s sole accreditation appeared to be a Level 2 course in how to direct air from the lungs into a highpitched, noise-making device. Considering Daesim’s status as a “semiprofessional” side, the appeal to play under tinkered rules seemed odd, but the Seoulites had journeyed too far and too early to back down now. From the very first exchanges, the Survivors seemed to be on the wrong end of the referee’s calls; a fact that hadn’t gone unnoticed by certain members of the team’s fanatical sideline support squad. As time drew on and the 50/50 calls kept mounting, the Seoul expats grew increasingly frustrated with the match.

Nevertheless, the Survivors crossed the line twice through skipper Simon Walsh and first five Richard Jones who leaped on recycled ball to pinch a classic “forward’s” try. Half-time sounded and the referee granted the Daesim squad a penalty and a lineout after the break should have been called. The whistleblower’s oversight lead directly to a Daesim score and the two teams went into the halftime break at 13-8 to the Survivors. Disappointingly, the Survivors went flat in the third quarter. Blitzed by Daesim’s slick backline and further baffling interpretations of the rules, the Survivors leaked three tries and allowed the company men a useful lead. Tensions boiled over and utility back James Tucker and the Daesim (Continued on page 3)

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Colts A Welcome Boost For Youth Rugby (More photos on Page 4)

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 Today, the Seoul expatriate community is as large and as vibrant as it’s ever been. Often those who find themselves based in the Korean capital on business or on diplomatic duty for years at a time bring their young families along to experience the flavour of one of the world’s largest metropolises.

Correction: the captain of the Northern Hemisphere squad for the Inaugural North v South match was actually RJ Karas, not Justin Jackson as first stated. Deepest apologies to Mr. Karas for the mix-up.

Seoul may provide these young foreigners with a life experience unlike any other but; unfortunately, although you may catch a baseball match or fill up on football to your heart’s content, this city is hardly a hotspot for Rugby Union. For too long expatriate youngsters interested in rugby found themselves without the stepping stone between junior touch and the real deal. No longer. The Seoul Colts are a team that have been launched with the aim of giving players in those vital teenage years a chance to develop their skills and participate in rugby. Coached by Seoul Survivor Dan Grover and under

Back row: Gyuhang Kim, Tarek Hadid, Jake Attawell, Florent Darrou, Louis Galtié, Antoine Perennou, Jared Solloway Front row: Alban Fidry, Ben Attawell, James Sprake, Johnny Duncan, Dan Grover (Coach)

Grover sees the junior squad as both a developmental tool for youth rugby in Seoul as well as a feeder club for the senior Seoul Survivors squad. Already, a few of the Colts train regularly and have seen action with the men’s team. Ultimately, Coach Grover hopes that as these young lads develop in the game and mature Organisationally, the Colts team physically, they will be pushing (Continued on page 3) will come under the broader umbrella of the Seoul Survivors RFC, although they will run Know anyone interested their own schedule; finding in playing for the Colts? games and touring when and Contact Dan Grover where they can. Coach Dan 010-4941-4455

the patronage of Kiwi expat Rex Duncan, the Colts are a combination of the Royal Frogs team and other interested kids from as far afield as the UK and New Zealand. The Colts squad will ensure that a stopover in Seoul will no longer put a halt to promising junior rugby careers.

Singapore Given A Taste Of Kimchi Saturday, April 25, 2009 Korea gave the newly promoted Singapore Lions national rugby squad a rough introduction to Asia’s premier rugby division on an ominous Saturday afternoon at Seongnam Stadium in front of a small crowd of dedicated local and expatriate rugby fans. The overcast April skies threatened a downpour that would have ruined what turned out to be a great spectacle of skill and dash from the Koreans. However, the heavy rain never

eventuated and the firm pitch allowed Korea to turn on a great display of running rugby. The Koreans were visibly larger physical specimens than their Singaporean opposition, especially in the forwards where the hometown boys dwarfed the expatriate-dominated Lions squad. The disparity up front allowed the Koreans to eclipse the visitors in the rucks and ensured the Lions barely figured in the set pieces. Korea’s burly forwards ran hard and provided each other good support in attack. In defence, the locals made

several telling tackles that rattled the Singaporeans attacking confidence and kept them on the back foot throughout the lop-sided match. Korea’s backline looked slick and, given a strong platform by their forwards and good service from the halves, exploited every attacking opportunity they had. The Koreans squandered little and never allowed their opposites a sniff of the action. Being fervent supporters of all things rugby, the Survivors were out in force and provided vocal support for the host country; making it a personal mission to (Continued on page 3)


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Survivors Downed (Continued from page 1)

Player Profile Name:

Simon Ngarangi Walsh

Nickname(s): Fity; Panther; Manboobs Position:

Flanker

Birthdate:

06/06/1984

Hometown:

Ashhurst, NZ

The first of the Maybe Next Weekend Player Profiles will focus on the Survivors captain. Subsequent profiles will be chosen at random through a lottery system so everyone’s in with a chance to get your mug in the newsletter if you’re signed up on the team list. First rugby memory: Lunch time rugby at school. The whole school played. It had to, there wasn’t that many people. Any brothers or sisters? Two bros (21,22) and one sister (26 and married!). What do you enjoy about your position? Getting the ball on D and putting in big hits. What don’t you like about your position? Every American plays it! What high school and university did you go to? St Peters College, Palmerston North and Massey University, Palmerston North Do you have a good luck charm/ritual for games? Rub the dirt from the field into my hands. It’s been hard with the turf pitches. What song psyches you up before a match? All Dre 2001. YEEEA!

Number Eight were given a rest in the sin bin for what amounted to nothing more than a bit of banter and collar grabbing. Towards the end of the third quarter and with Daesim holding a suspiciously handy lead, the ref threatened to call the match off prematurely for “fighting”, but the Survivors were determined to keep cool heads and play out the full 80 Korea vs. Singapore (Continued from page 2)

wage psychological warfare on the visitors. The Singaporean number 10 and fullback came under particularly harsh scrutiny, the unfortunate duo probably not producing their best form on the rugby field that day. To their credit, the Singaporeans never gave up and held their heads high till the end but were taught some harsh lessons by a fitter, faster and more skilful Korean squad and will really have to lift their game significantly to compete in the first division of the Asian 5 Nations and avoid relegation back to

minutes. There were no further incidents in the fourth quarter and Joshua “Bumblebee” Pearce crossed over for a barging try. The ref still blew a glaringly short 20 minutes while Daesim were out of strike range and the matched ended at 3420 to the traders; reflecting more the skewed nature of the arbitration rather than the tightness of the match. In spite of the loss, the Survivors

remained upbeat and were glad to get some footy under the belt before the real business begins in Shanghai on May 23.

second division next season. In the end, the Koreans ran up the score to 64-0 providing the spectators with some magnificent rugby that they will hope to reproduce against stiffer opposition over the coming weeks.

Seoul Colts

Korea faces Hong Kong on May 9th at M unha k Sta diu m, Incheon. Kickoff at 2pm. Tickets are available again on a ‘first come; first serve’ basis. A group will leave Jamwon after Saturday’s raining run for the match.

What do you like least at training? Having it finish. Apart from rugby I'm good at… online Risk. There can be only one!!!

But I suck at... shutting my mouth when on the drink.

What actor would play you in a movie? Jake Heke.

I hate it when... people are bullied.

What do you like most at training? A break from reality. Good stress relief.

I'm afraid of... my true potential.

Hats off to all supporters and to Daesim for the great feed. Man of the Match Points: T. O’Connor 3 points RJ Karas 2 points J. Pearce 1 point . (Continued from page 2)

incumbent Survivors for spots and providing some youth and exuberance to the men’s squad. The Colts are currently comprised of around a dozen regulars and are keen to expand their roster to compete in 15-a -side rugby against Korean high school teams. More info available at the Survivors website: www.survivorsrfc.com

I can't go anywhere without my... head. Lucky because my mother always said I would lose it if it weren’t screwed on. Survivors also sponsored by:


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Colts In Action

Antoine Perennou practises his fend and step against coach Dan Grover

Tarek Hadid looks to evade the attention of Jake Attawell and Gyuhang Kim

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Korea vs. Singapore Match Inside Story Headline Top row from left: Joe Day, Richard Jang, RJ Karas,

ANZAC Day Service From left: Nick Goodman, Rawiri King, Bernie Mullin, Kurtis Taogaga, Cpt. Jim Skedden, Simon Walsh, Alex Walsh

Alex Walsh, Paul Mancktelow, Ted Gray Bottom row from left: Rawiri King, Jacob Leonard, Jonathon Decesari, Simon Walsh

Credits

Special thanks to all those who took the time to attend ANZAC Day commemorations and the Asian 5 Nations match. Even though there was no rugby for us, it still contributed to a great weekend for our wider expatriate and Korean community.

Urgent Announcement

Editor: Kurtis Taogaga Co-editor: Ali McCannell Photos: Kurtis Taogaga

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In light of disturbing rumours of a rapist in Itaewon and the experience of one Seoul Sister in the weekend, it is advised that all your female friends and family take extra precautions in the area at night. Please do not let any females walk home unaccompanied at night; especially if they’ve been drinking. Taxis are cheap here or if possible walk them to the door. Korea is a relatively safe country but let’s not be complacent.

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