Warm welcome for Melbourne team

January 19, 2017

Christ’s Hospital gave a warm welcome on a chilly day to 30 rugby players from Trinity Grammar school, Melbourne, to play a friendly match against CH’s Nomads XV on Wednesday, 11 January.

The boys were very fortunate to have David Sainsbury to referee their match. David is a former Premiership referee and current RFU television match official.

The Christ’s Hospital team was led admirably by Grecian (Year 13) Max Stevenson, who captained the 1st XV last term in what proved to be a very successful season.

Before the match, the boys from Trinity were given a tour, had lunch with the pupils and watched Band Parade, one of Christ’s Hospital’s famous traditions.

Director of Sport at Christ’s Hospital, Dave Messenger, said: “The match was played in very good spirit with the score 19 v 34 to Trinity Grammar. The Trinity boys really enjoyed their visit and thanked everyone for such a warm welcome. It was especially good to welcome back the Trinity coach, Peter Lewis, who taught at CH in 2011.”

Trinity’s three-week tour has included playing matches in Sri Lanka and Italy.

Their next stop is Stratford-upon-Avon where they will watch Wasps play Toulouse at the Ricoh arena in Coventry and where they may bump into former CH pupil Joe Launchbury. Joe was a member of the CH rugby tour to Australia back in 2009.