Rugby ambassadors doing Borders proud

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JED YOUTH RUGBY have just returned from a very enjoyable but exhausting tour to Clermont Auvergne in France.

Thirty five boys plus 12 adults undertook the long bus journey during the October school holidays.

On the rugby front the boys enjoyed watching a Clermont Auvergne training session and a coaching session from NZ rugby league legend Daryl Halligan who was out as a guest coach with Clermont before heading over to commentate on the Rugby League World Cup. Former Jed-Forest captain Neil McIlroy, currently team manager of the star-studded French side, also found time to give the boys a behind the scenes tour of the very impressive Stade Marcel Michelin where the touring party went to watch Clermont Auvergne v Harlequins Heineken Cup match on the last day of the trip.

On the playing side, the boys gave a very good account of themselves with the Under-15 side beating Pont du Chateau 37-15 and the Under -16 side winning 24-12 on the Thursday night. On the Saturday the boys secured an undefeated tour by travelling south to Issoire where the Under-15 side won by 25-15 to the delight of coaches and supporters.

Off the rugby field the boys enjoyed an activity day of white water rafting and paintballing at Vichy as well as laser quest and an indoor football competition.