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    King's Embark on South American Rugby Tour

    King's Embark on South American Rugby Tour

    “When the going gets tough, the tough will have to get going” says King’s Head of Rugby Giles Hetherington before their three-week tour of South America.


    Leaving this week, next year’s First and Second XVs will play nine matches in total against six opponents on this continent-trotting event. The party will play four opponents in Argentina, the national Under-18 team in Brazil and then a final fixture in Uruguay.


    Giles, who is among the five-staff supervising the 34 young men, said: “South American rugby, Argentinean rugby in particular, is famed worldwide for its hard scrummaging and uncompromising approach. There will be a lot of beef on the park and we will have to hit the ground running and hard.”


    The teams will play in Buenos Aires, Rosario, the idyllic Iguazo Falls on the Argentinean Brazilian border and in Montevideo, on what promises to be a once in a lifetime trek.


    The tour importantly also honours former King’s player James Painton who tragically died in a road accident on a King’s tour in Argentina 12 years ago, with the La Plata Club, where King’s was based at the time, making a presentation in his memory. Giles said: “We have wanted to return for many years in memory of James and the ceremony will be at the heart of the tour for all of us.”


    King’s pupils will stay with three different host families whilst on tour, with the rest of the time in hostels and a total of 10 King’s families also making the trip across the Atlantic. Giles added: “The team will stay together on and off the field and build both a playing style and team bond, ready for the start of next season.”

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