King’s heading off down un­der

Macclesfield Express - - TIME TRIP -

RUGBY UNION SIMON CARTER

THE King’s School rugby squad is pre­par­ing to em­bark on a Fair Dinkum rugby tour down un­der as the Mac­cles­field school plans a mini in­va­sion of Australia and Sin­ga­pore for an Ashes bat­tle.

In what is the King’s School’s big­gest ever sports tour to its fur­thest des­ti­na­tion, 56 play­ers su­per­vised by seven staff with scores of ac­com­pa­ny­ing par­ents and sib­lings will de­part on July 15, for three days in Sin­ga­pore fol­lowed by a fur­ther 16 day tour of Australia be­gin­ning in the North­ern Ter­ri­tory at Cairns, down to the Gold Coast and Bris­bane and fi­nally on to Syd­ney.

Three teams con­sist­ing of a leavers side, young men who have just sat their A Lev­els, and A and B un­der 17 de­vel­op­ment sides will take on the cream of Aussie and Sin­ga­pore school and clubs sides in what is be­ing billed as an Ashes Se­ries. Per­haps the big­gest game of tour will be against Syd­ney Gram­mar School, renowned world­wide for its sport­ing pedigree.

Other games will be against Sin­ga­pore RU, Downs­land Col­lege, Churchie, Far North NSW St Au­gustines, Trin­ity Gram­mar School and Peace Lutheran, Wil­liam Clarke Col­lege, Hills Colts and East RFC.

King’s Head of Rugby Giles Hether­ing­ton has been de­vel­op­ing a spe­cific fluid 15 man style to make the most of the hard run­ning pad­docks down un­der. “Over the last eight weeks we have been de­vel­op­ing an at­tack­ing brand of rugby ready for Australia play­ing the ball out wide from one wing to another while making the most ef­fi­cient use of our big pow­er­ful ball car­ri­ers,”

He said: “As any side from Eng­land we know we are go­ing to be seen as the old en­emy and a team to be beat but we are look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge of play­ing in a se­ries of fix­tures where no quar­ter is given or taken.”

Giles says play­ers to take the fore will be in the leavers side North of Eng­land for­wards Tim Phillips and Simon Ridg­way and backs Jamie Dunker­ley and Tom Hig­gin­son and in the de­vel­op­ment teams fly half Will Davies and boys new to the school Harry Hard­ing and Sean Camp­bell.

The team have also had a spe­cial shirt made up for the tour de­signed by Scott Bar­row and fea­tur­ing the Syd­ney Har­bour Bridge and Opera House

Off piste this lit­tle cor­ner of Cheshire plans to make the most of the Aussie sights with snorkelling on the Great Bar­rier Reef and a tour of Syd­ney Har­bour among some of the high­lights planned.

Giles added: “King’s has been to South Africa and Ar­gentina but this is another leap into the global com­mu­nity and we hope boys and staff will make friend­ships that will last a life­time in the true tra­di­tion of the sport.”

Mike Carter

The King’s School rugby squad is about to take off on a tour of Australia and Sin­ga­pore

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