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Phuket Tour 2024

June 2024 saw us set off on our maiden overseas Pronto Rugby Tour. We took an incredible 39 tourists from the UK and had 2 of our members from New Zealand meet us out in Thailand for the Phuket International 11s tournament.

Not only did we have 2 teams take part in the tournament, our schedule also included some team building/cultural trips along with the more important visit to the Special Needs School in Phuket.

The Rugby:

Both teams played exceptionally well in what can only be described as horrible conditions (34oC+ and a humidity of around 90% across all 3 days).

The Vets kicked off proceedings with 5 league games on Friday, winning 4 and narrowly losing 1, leaving them guaranteed a place in the final on Sunday afternoon and unfortunately losing out to Dubai’s Barrelhouse Rugby, finishing as runners up.

Our Opens took to the field on Saturday with 3 group games, winning 2 and losing 1 putting them into the knockout stages on Sunday morning. Defeat in the first game saw them drop into the plate competition, and following some magnificent performances, managed to get their hands on the trophy to be crowned 2024 Plate Champions.

The School:

For many, the most rewarding part of the trip is the visit to a Special Needs school and this year was no different.

Having forged a relationship with Phuket Panyanukul School, we were able to arrange a visit during our trip. Following the generosity of our supporters, sponsors, players, families & friends we were able to raise enough money to fund x6 Water Coolers, 180 Bath Sheets & 180 Robes (all equipment the school had highlighted to us previously that would be welcomed and is much needed).

Upon arrival, we were greeted by students and staff who them welcomed us with an assembly of thanks. We took the time to engage with the students (via staff to interpret) and thank them for their hospitality before  presenting them with the items purchased by Pronto Rugby.

We were then able to join the students outside to engage in some small games and ball handling drills with them for the rest of the morning. The guys split themselves amongst the students to take part in different activities.

Seeing the students smile and thrive on being around our tourists really does make the trip worth while.

The Social:

It wouldn’t be a good rugby tour without a great social aspect. Not only do we ensure we’re all together at the start of an evening for a beer before commencing the meals/nights out and social aspect. We also ensure there is time to take in the local culture and some of the sights as a squad.

We had a great day out visiting 3 of the 7 Phi Phi islands, some of the most beautiful, picturesque scenery in the far east. All on our own private speedboat with a knowledgeable English speaking tour guide. Lunch was included and then an afternoon on the beach to relax, play games (and a few cheeky cocktails).

There was also a ‘full day off’ where they guys & girls could take part in their own activities. Some went off to an elephant sanctuary, others played golf, fished, shopped and some decided to rest up by the pool allowing the body to recover after 3 long days of rugby.

A few highlights from Phuket 2024