St Davids College First XV are really looking forward to embarking on their ground breaking tour to the rugby passionate country of Georgia in two weeks time (March 30th). It will be the first time a school team has toured Georgia to play rugby from the UK.
With a packed schedule for the week long tour, and endorsed by the Georgian rugby Union (GRU) they will play two challenging matches against GRU academy sides. The tour is also supported by Tbilisi based Kemsley tours. If scheduling permits they are looking to take part in a coaching session taken by Milton Haig, the head coach of the Georgian National team.
St Davids will play on Saturday and Monday and will be guests at a Georgian Super 10 game on Sunday.
Away from the rugby they will also fulfil some charity duties by visting Rheas Union, a social inclusion charity for children and young adults with special needs. St David’s also plan to do some coaching with less advantaged children outside of Tbilisi on their visit to the Kaheti region.
Lasha Khurtsidze, Board of Directors Member, Georgian Rugby Union said: “We are delighted with the opportunity to host for the first time, a school team from Wales to tour to Georgia. We strongly believe that this will trigger stronger bounds and relations between our young players. This tour will also be very important for young Georgian players as well as probably this will be their first opportunity to play foreign players and test their skills in an international environment at home. And lastly we believe that St David’s tour to Georgia will set a fruitful base for the future youth international tournaments in Georgia involving many other teams from UK”.
“For a small, diverse school as ours, Georgia is the ideal rugby tour destination. The tour itself will be a mixture of sporting opportunity and cultural learning, exploring the rich history of Georgia and its Capital Tbilisi. We are looking forward to touring next year and making rugby friends for life”