63 Parkside Students took part in the RFUs world day of rugby on in Manchester on Wednesday.
Boys and girls in teams from Years 7 – 10 all took part in a tournament with nearly 2,000 students. Once again the Parkside teams impressed with some excellent 7s rugby, displaying the skills they have been learning throughout the year.
18 girls in year 7 & 9 all took part in their first ever Rugby matches and what a stage to do it on! The girls competed brilliantly and were unlucky not to come away with some victories. Millie Amery, Tia Williams and Annalise Ellis were the stand out performers in a squad that have some huge potential moving into next year.
The year 7 squad produced some excellent rugby to win one of their fixtures, with Gregor Curr and Evan Jones being at the centre of the teams attacking flair. Brandon Kerry and Arron hands were on top form, helping the year 8s to some strong performances across the afternoon. Jack Fairlie on his return from a knee injury was inspirational for the year 9s as Keiron Sharp bagged two tries in their last game to record an impressive victory.
The year 10 squad went through the afternoon unbeaten. Ethan Lawrie and Josh Slingsby were impressive in both attack and defence, but it was Keir Welch who stood out, with his excellent footwork and support play.
The tournament was followed up by a trip to Sale Sharks AJ Bell stadium where the students watched two of the World U20 Rugby championship fixtures. Students were treated to an absolute thriller in the first game with New Zealand only just beating Wales with the last kick of the game. The Parkside students were in full voice as England took on Australia in the final game. Despite an early setback, England finally came out victorious in another tense encounter which saw half of the Parkside students lose their voice !