Winning tour for Malta 2018 rugby squad

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After a successful week on tour in Malta, the rugby team are returning back to England as inspired and improved players. The squad, accompanied by Head of Rugby Phil Hughes, Deputy Head Steve Winter and Director of Sport Matt Payne, arrived at the beautiful St Julian’s Bay Hotel in good time on Thursday 17th October, and were able to sit out for an evening meal and enjoy the sunshine of which there was no shortage throughout the trip.

On the Friday, the squad headed off to the Marsa Sports Complex for their first training session prior to a pasta lunch and a rest before the first match that evening.  On arriving at the venue for the match it was agreed that we would play three games of 30 minutes against the national U18s, then the U16s and, finally a mixed team. Three strong performances from the team saw Bethany win all three games with a combined score of 64-0.

On the Saturday, the squad returned to the match venue, the boys were then split into two teams to play a tournament against Malta. The 10s team won two out of two and the 7s team won one out of two, a great effort from both teams. The boys were able to celebrate at a post-match function and thank their hosts, the Malta Rugby Football Union, they also had the opportunity to watch the national side play Israel on the big screen.

It wasn’t all rugby on the tour! On Sunday, the boys were able to have an open top bus tour of the island after which they went to the beach to soak up some Malta rays. The team also went on a boat ride to see the magical Blue Grotto Caves that featured some amazing geological features. Sandwiched in between all these visits on a great day was a delicious all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet for lunch!

Monday was another day off with a short training session followed by a visit to the beautiful city of Valletta for lunch. On the final day, the squad finished the tour by playing one last game against Malta U18s winning 29-7. The tour finished with a final dinner of traditional Maltese cuisine including snails and rabbit.  

Players of the tour were Harry Morgan and Marcus Hobson, most improved was Daniel Smith and best tourist was Will Brown.

Deputy Head, Steve Winter, said: “I am very proud of the Malta Tour 2018 squad for their win tonight completing a winning tour. From 1 to 23 they have grown as young men and more importantly, developed their rugby.”