The season for Alnwick Rugby Club’s U16 team has been extremely inspirational following an incredible tour of Japan in October 2019. Twenty one boys, sixteen from Duchess, were determined to ‘earn’ the trip. The boys spent two years raising funds through numerous events, including selling christmas trees and working for local farmers picking wild oats and cleaning out chicken sheds. Their hard work paid off and the team had a trip of a lifetime. Highlights included playing local Tokyo teams and international schools, visiting Mount Fuji, meeting the England Team during a training session, and the climax – tickets to the World Cup Final in Yokohama! None of it would have been possible without the support of the Alnwick Community and the hard work of the boys and their coaches.

Six of Duchess High School’s Year 11 boys represented Northumberland County at the U16s Rugby tournament on Sunday 5th January at Kingston Park. A Allan, G Balmbro, R Burn, J Ellis, M Harrison and M Whitely were all excellent ambassadors for the sport and our school.