A young Doncaster Knights Colts u17s squad recently travelled to South Africa on tour, before the team separates for ventures elsewhere.
The players left South Yorkshire for 10 days as they enjoyed training sessions, travelling and playing matches in the country well-known for its high-quality rugby.
In three arranged friendlies with local high schools in South Africa, the u17s battled well in closely fought games, however, all ended up in defeat.
Elsewhere on the tour, the players enjoyed time on the seal island cruise, a visit to a nature reserve, Boulders Beach, Table Mountain as well as the famous Robben Island. Also on the trip, the group enjoyed a lunch with former Springbok De Wet Barry, who made 39 appearances for South Africa and featured for Harlequins during his playing career.
One member of Doncaster Knights Colts who works closely with the team, Nikki, told us that that tour was an ‘exciting opportunity’.
“The u17 Tour is the culmination and celebration of years of building team spirit, morale and identity. Not only is it an exciting opportunity for players and coaches to create a memory that will hopefully last a lifetime, it is, for many a chance to say goodbye as new careers and opportunities beckon.”