William Clarke College host three English schools for series of matches at the school

William Clarke College will welcome three English schools for a series of rugby matches.

Students from Dauntsey’s School in south-west England, Kings Macclesfield from Lancashire and Caterham School in Surrey have made the trip to Australia to play the college.

Year 12 student and captain for the match against Kings Macclesfield, Lucas Poore, 17, said it was good to be able to host international opponents.

“I think it’s a really good opportunity and we get to test our rugby against people who play a different game that we’re not used to playing against,” he said.

“They’re all nice boys and they play different types of rugby as well so we get to test ourselves against some pretty tough opposition.”

Hosting international teams has become a tradition for the school over the past 15 years and every second year the students in both the rugby and netball programs travel to New Zealand for a tour. 

Adding to the experience, Caterham School students will live with William Clarke students for their stay. 

William Clarke College head of faculty - PDHPE Ben Carr said it was a valuable experience for the students.

“It comes under the holistic education we’re trying to provide,” Mr Carr said.

“We’re all about the whole individual. There are a number of our students who may not excel in classroom but they’re able to excel on the sporting field or in dramatic productions or musical productions.

“We’ve been able to provide our rugby players the opportunity to show what they can do and be really involved in something and it’s a great opportunity.”

Despite two losses in the first two games, Mr Carr said the tour had already proven beneficial.

“The fact that we get to host is really good for the profile of the college in the local community and the profile of rugby within the college,” he said.

“For the boys to play against different opposition, different styles and just play schools they’re not playing week in week out is a good opportunity for them.”

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