DHS revisit South Africa for second rugby tour
DEVONPORT High School for Boys are preparing for their second tour in four years to South Africa.
In 2008 the city school made their first major overseas sporting trip, taking an under-15 squad to Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria.
That tour proved so successful that the school wanted to go back again this year.
"The boys that went four years ago are still talking about it now," said teacher and organiser Nick Burt.
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"It was a very successful tour. We won three and drew one of our four matches."
This year, the school will be taking a squad of 25 under-16 boys.
DHS will fly to Cape Town and play three matches against Paul Roos Gym, their link school Zimasi Community School and Westerford High, who are located at the bottom of Table Mountain.
The DHS party, which also involves five boys from St Boniface School and one from Ivybridge Community College, then head up to Pretoria and play two more matches against Sutherland High Schools and an as-yet unnamed township school.
"The only school we are playing that we also played last time is Westerford High," said former Plymouth Albion player Burt. "We have got good links with them.
"But all the other schools are going to be new to us."
Burt said it was nice that six of their 25-man playing squad are from other city schools.
"It is nice," he said. "It is sometimes difficult to get a whole squad from one school."
Burt believes it will be a valuable experience for the pupils.
"For half the trip the pupils are hosted by their opposite numbers, which is an experience," he said.
"And they are very passionate about their rugby in South Africa.
"We are going to end the tour with a two-day trip to the Mabula Game Reserve."
The DHS party, which has managed to get sponsorship from Midas Construction and Bruce Harrison Builders, fly out on July 21.