We are finally out of winter and heading into spring here in New Zealand and Australia, while on the other side of the world the days are getting shorter and colder. But whatever your hemisphere, there’s one season approaching that everyone can enjoy – rugby season!
2019 is the year of the ninth Rugby World Cup, to be held in Japan from September 20 to November 2. 20 nations are competing this year, and it will be the first time a Rugby World Cup has been held in Asia. And of course, the big question in this part of the world is: will New Zealand take home the Cup for the third time in a row?
Heading to Japan to enjoy this event up close are St Joseph’s Nudgee College and Feilding High School. From Brisbane, Australia and Feilding, New Zealand respectively, the two schools are very excited to be part of this world-class event and attend what will no doubt be some nail-biting games of rugby! The boys from St Joseph’s Nudgee College are looking forward to seeing Australia go up against Fiji and Wales, while the Feilding students will watch New Zealand compete against (and hopefully flatten!) Italy.
As well as enjoying a once-in-a-lifetime rugby experience, the schools will also be taking advantage of everything else Japan has to offer. Nudgee will be visiting Sapporo, Hiroshima, Kyoto, and Tokyo, while the Kiwis explore Fukuoka, Kyoto, Osaka, and Tokyo.
Feilding will be honing their whole team’s skills through self-training sessions and four games against Japanese schools. On the sightseeing side, the group will enjoy a diverse sample of Japanese culture, from city tours in Fukuoka and Tokyo, to the Gifu Kakamigahara Air and Space Museum and Universal Studios Osaka.
Nudgee College will be doing their own exploring, with tours of Sapporo, Otaru and Kyoto, a visit to Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Museum and Atomic Bomb Dome, free time in Shibuya and a day at Universal Studios. They will have two self-training sessions and participate in three matches against local high schools, and are all excited to see how these new challenges can help them improve as a team.
We are proud to partner with both schools on their Rugby World Cup tours, and hope that all of the students and teachers will have an amazing experience in the land of the rising sun.
To find out more about other destinations we are travelling to and tours we organise, please visit our website – www.student-horizons.com.