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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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