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Summies a powerhouse on Irish soil
The Summies tour group visited various landmarks in Ireland, including Thomond Park, home of Irish rugby club Munster.

Somerset West Primary School returned from a historic rugby tour of Ireland on Thursday 4 October.

The team embarked on the trip on Saturday 22 September. The tour comprised three matches, but it doubled as an educational expedition as they visited various landmarks and factories in Ireland.

A tour party of 24 – 19 boys and 15 adults, 11 parents and four teachers – flew to Europe via a connecting flight to Dubai. After three years of planning, which started back in 2015, the young players were in action in three rugby matches and had memorable visits to Thomond Park, home of the Irish powerhouse rugby club Munster as well as the Aviva Stadium, the national stadium of the Irish rugby team.

After many fundraising efforts by the school and individuals as well as financial support from various sponsors in the Helderberg, the touring party managed to raise the funds.

The first three days of the trip were set aside for sightseeing in picturesque and historic Dublin, with the group based in the small town of Leixlip, south-west of the city. The first rugby match was played against the Kildara Rugby Club, from the Western part of Dublin. Despite coming up against boys older than them, the Summies under-13 team completely overhauled the hosts by 22-41, running in seven tries en route to their historic maiden win on foreign soil.

Summies then visited the town of Limerick, where a visit to the Cliffs of Mohaire and Castle Dunghaire was enjoyed by all.

The second match saw Summies come up against the under-14 league champions, Young Munster. It was a tough contest and by far Summies’ best effort of the entire year, but the team from Somerset West got the better of their opponents to notch up a 15-26 victory.

The next stop on the tour itinerary was the beautiful town of Cork, where the group visited the historical Bunratty Castle before playing their third and final tour match.

Summies outsmarted Highfield Rugby Club by 5-21 in a tough tussle. The visitors made light work of Highfield, who only managed to score a single try against the strong and resolute Summies’ defence.

The best was kept for last, as the boys were treated to a visit and tour of the Aviva Stadium.

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