THE Naas RFC U13 squad of over 50 players spent the Easter weekend on a very successful tour in St Davids in Wales.
This is the 20th year of the tour, and is the highlight of the year for the U13 squad. The destination for the team was St Davids in Pembrokeshire in South Wales, which is twinned with Naas, and the both the welcome and the rugby were top class.
Accompanied by 15 mentors and a group of enthusiastic parents they left from Rosslare havig travelled to the port by bus from the club.
Accommodation was provided at Treginnis Farm which sits overlooking the Irish sea just outside St Davids. Treginnis is a working farm and is owned by the National Trust, and normally it is used for short breaks for deprived children from urban areas of Britain.
The Naas RFC visitors had full access to the farm and were the only residents there that weekend.
Rugby is to South Wales what the GAA is to Ireland and every town has its club, which everyone proudly supports, and the rugby style is tough and robust.
The system for age grading players is different to Ireland meaning that the Naas boys were playing teams who were on average 6 months older than they were.
They had games against Pembroke Harlequins and Narbeth as well as the big game against St Davids – and trips and visits to local attractions in between.
Previous tour participants on similar tours were former Naas and Irish stars Geordan Murphy, Fionn Carr and Jamie Heaslip.