Bury St Edmunds RUFC U16 64 v Nogent Le Rotrou RUFC U16 21
By Kirk Bonas
Une rencontre épique
Following the success of our tour last season, we welcomed a large touring party of 60+ players, parents and supporters from Nogent Le Rotrou to the Haberdan for a weekend of rugby. Arriving late on Friday afternoon, our guests initially trained, followed by a BBQ supper and then singing and bar surfing! Saturday morning, all arrived bright and early for breakfast prior to the games. Last season the game was an extremely physical, close contest and a similar encounter was expected this year. Additionally, to add more to the visit, our guests had also travelled with an U18's team who would be playing a Bury Barbarians side.
National anthems and pleasantries exchanged, both contests started simultaneously as a precursor to the 1st teams last home game of the season. The U18 game produced an exciting encounter, whilst the U16 game highlighted how far the team has progressed since last year. Initial opportunities were squandered by the team, however once calm and fully focused the team demonstrated throughout the encounter a ruthless display of high paced, running rugby to secure a comfortable win.
However, even with both local teams securing wins, this paled into insignificance compared to the memories made this weekend with our friends from France, which will be talked about for years to come. Saturday night provided fierce sing offs, laughter, fine food and the camaraderie only found in the rugby community! Roll on round 3, with the current score locked at 1-1.
Massive thanks to all the staff at the club, arriving early, leaving late, you were truly awesome at accommodating our guests. Thanks to our French guests for fully embracing the Bury family, including raucous support of the 1st team! Thanks to all our generous kit sponsors for providing stunning playing and souvenirs shirts. Thanks to all others who have contributed to the catering and refreshments, general logistics and entertaining our guests, plus supporting the financial costs. We, as a team, are extremely lucky to have such a passionate and supportive bunch of parents, you are truly invaluable.
A magical weekend, great rugby with a great bunch of friends from overseas!
Nous attendons avec impatience notre prochaine visite!