On Thursday 4 July, eight Qantas Wallabies visited Scots to run skills sessions with Preparatory Rugby Union players and visiting teams from the Hong Kong Football Club (HKFC).
Wallabies Kurtley Beale, Jesse Mogg, Cliff Palu, Nick Phipps, Christian Lealiifano, Hugh McMenimen, Joe Tomane and Rob Simmons inspired the boys with tales from the British and Irish Lions’ Tour, inspiring the boys to to strive for excellence in their Rugby practise.
Scots students from Year 2 and a mixed Year 5 and 6 team versed the teams from HKFC before participating in the Wallabies’ Coaching Clinic.
“We welcomed the opportunity to host the Hong Kong Football Club at Scots,” Cameron Torrance, Director of Sport at The Scots College said. “The HKFC is one of the oldest and most respected clubs in Asia.”
“This is a great opportunity for our boys. They can learn from the experts, play students from other countries, meet their role models and develop their Rugby skills simultaneously.”
Principal of The Scots College, Dr Ian PM Lambert said, “The Scots College delivers one of the leading school Rugby Programs in the country.” Notable Scots Rugby alumni include Greg Peterson (’09) NSW Waratahs player, Brock James (’99) player for ASM Clermont Auvergne in France, Sam Carter (’07) Brumbies Super Rugby player, Michael Oldfield (’08) Sydney Roosters NRL player and Ben Seymour (’08) Emirates Western Force Super Rugby player.
The Scots College founded and hosts the annual Investec Bank Schoolboy Rugby Sevens tournament. This year’s competition, in March, welcomed international players for the first time, hosting teams from New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. Rugby Sevens will be recognised as an Olympic sport at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. “We are proud to have created a platform for all young aspiring Australian rugby players to work towards an Olympic goal,” said Dr Lambert.