On 27th November we were delighted to be able to welcome rugby World Champions the Springboks to Mill Hill and to provide training facilities for them. The South African team trained on our rugby pitch in preparation for their match against the Barbarians at Twickenham.
Many Mill Hill pupils including all of our rugby players watched enthralled as the Springboks practised their passing, running and line outs. There was a lot of interest from the media and the Springboks’ visit was recorded by local and national press as well as several TV stations.
The highlight of the afternoon for the School’s 1st XV was being given the opportunity to practise for a short time with the visitors. It’s not often you can say that you passed the ball to a World Champion!
Head boy, and captain of the rugby team, Nick Lewis said: “After just seeing the World Cup, it was really impressive to see them come down to our school. They are the winning team, and so all the players are like idols.”
Springbok lock Bakkies Botha said it was good for the team to mix with young rugby players and fans. He said: “It’s really important to train at the schools, because that’s where rugby careers start. We like to come into the community to show people what it is all about to play big rugby.”
Graeme Turner, director of rugby at Mill Hill School, said: “It was a great opportunity and a nice treat for the first team who have pretty much had an unbeaten season this year. I’m sure all our boys in their individual positions were looking at how they can improve themselves.”