Truro and Penwith College’s rugby team is celebrating a fantastic performance in Japan at the Sanix World Rugby Youth Tournament.
Held at the Global Arena, Fukuoka, the team came fourth out of 16 of some of the best youth rugby teams in the world.
Team manager Stephen Larkins hailed “another successful trip”, with the team undefeated in its pool games.
“We really exceeded expectations as the teams from around the world are getting stronger and stronger each year,” he said.
“There were so many highlights on and off the field.”
One standout moment of magic was winger Matt Morrish, running the length of the pitch to score a match-winning try in the final move of the game, which led to Truro and Penwith College topping its pool.
Larkins was also impressed with the support from fans throughout the tournament.
“Thanks to Japan’s success in the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England, the crowds were bigger and there were six to seven thousand people watching the final.”
The team also had the opportunity for some cultural interaction, spending time with local college students as well as visiting Nagasaki and the Munakata Shrine.
“A trip of this magnitude is only possible thanks to the help of parents, staff and sponsors,” Larkins said.
“We’re grateful to Miller Countryside, Carbis Bay Holidays, Winsor Tie Company and Samurai Sports Clothing for their help in making it all possible.”
It is the fourth time that Truro and Penwith College has taken part in one of the most prestigious Under 18 rugby tournaments in the world.
In 2010 Truro competed for the first time and made the final. That squad included England Internationals Luke Cowan-Dickie and Jack Nowell.
The Rugby Department at Truro and Penwith College is now turning its attention to its Sports Academy Day on 23 June that will see 70 new players join the successful set up.
For enquiries about rugby at Truro and Penwith College and the rugby Sports Academy Day, please contact Stephen Larkins on 01872 267 190.