The Royal Alexandra & Albert School rugby teams were in Biarritz, France honing their skills. The forty-one boys who took part on the tour were immersed in rugby for the week, playing two match days per squad.
In the first of the match days, the team experienced some exciting French style rugby at Union Sportive Tyrosse, which was preceded by a taste of France with a traditional breakfast.
On the second match day, the group visited Union Sportive Mouguerre, an amazing rugby club with talented players, where the School’s team won 3 games and drew 1.
As well as gaining experience on the pitch, the boys participated in three training sessions, two of which were with Philippe Bidabe, a French international player and Biarritz Olympique club star. The week was filled with intense training and fantastic games, and the boys picked up some French flair and new techniques to bring back home.
Outside of the rugby sessions, the group took time to have some fun. They spent an afternoon go-karting and bowling, as well as playing rugby on the beach. The boys also put their artistic skills to good use by taking part in a sand sculpture competition.
Mr Rob Woodward, one of the Biarritz tour leaders, said “I hope that this tour is something our pupils will never forget. It was great to see them represent the School so positively and have an amazing time with each other. Overall, we had an outstanding tour.”