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Trip Down Under set Campion up for successful season and coach Mike McDarby is delighted with their results so far

PUBLISHED: 13:00 20 October 2017

The rugby season is well underway (pic: Jamie Pluck).

The rugby season is well underway (pic: Jamie Pluck).

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Hornchurch school will aim to go out to New Zealand and Australian again next summer

Campion School continues to go from strength to strength following a successful summer tour to Australia.

Both the first and second teams made the trip Down Under and came back with an incredible 11 wins from 12 matches, which included victories over Canberra GS and old school rivals from Queensland – Downlands College, Toowoomba.

That preparation has done them a world of good and has seen them get off to a flying start this season with the three senior teams having a record which currently stands at played 19, won 17 and lost just two.

Those victories have come against some leading independent schools from the South East region, but first-team head coach Mike McDarby believes their recent triumph over a touring Palmerston North Boys High School – one of the leading rugby schools in New Zealand – ranks as one of the ‘best ever’ for the Wingletye Lane-based school.

“Palmerston North Boys High School have a proud rugby tradition and have produced numerous All Blacks,” said McDarby.

“Our relationship with them goes back almost 40 years and in that time we have never beaten them at first XV level.

“They were also fresh from beating Millfield School first XV by 40 points in their previous match, highlighting the size of the challenge faced by our boys. The signs were ominous when we were 19-0 down at half time.

“Incredibly, the boys staged a remarkable comeback and scored some exceptional tries to win an amazing match, 28-27. This win has to go down as one of the finest in our 50-year history.”

The Hornchurch school will be hoping to keep up that impressive record so far this season when they return to action on November 1 with the third team making the trip to Battersea to face Emanuel School, while the firsts and seconds will visit Bishop’s Stortford High School on November 4.

Campion’s plans for their tour to New Zealand and Australia are now in full swing, and they are seeking sponsorship. For more information contact Mike on mmcdarby@thecampionschool.org

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