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Final days of the South Africa Tour

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Thursday

Spent the day in Stellenbosch, hip to hip with the wine country. Rick had a meeting with the Director of Rugby at Stellenbosch University about player swaps and it went very well. Hopefully next season we will have a player from KU go to Stellenbosch, and one from there come to Lawrence. In the evening, the group explored the small city of Stellenbosch, which could be Lawrence’s Sister City. The streets were in abundance of shops and restaurants, and late night bars.

Friday

The group spend the afternoon at a beautiful winery and had a lamb spit roast with all the sides and a very informative and humorous wine tasting. It was quite possibly the best meal of the tour.

The group was then bussed one hour to Cape Town and rode the cable car to the top of Table Mountain, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. It was an unbelievably magnificent prospective and view! We stayed at a hotel with towels, sheets and soap, things we had been previously been lacking! We were then bussed one hour to our final match with the Cape Town Select of 35 and overs. The match was uncontested scrums and NO kicking, which the Jayhawks won 4 trys to 3. The game was played with five other games and a crowd of one thousand. With the obligatory braai and gifts and speeches after. The next day, the group toured Cape Town’s wharf and shops and went to a Super Fifteens game between the Stormers and the Cheetahs with the Stormers clobbering the Durban team by 40-3. Lots of rugby on the tour; four internationals, three pro games and our five club games!

Sunday was a travel day and a half, but everyone made their connections and slept in their own beds on Monday night. Long journey but well worth it.

What a fantastic tour! The tour party could not have been better. Everyone pitched in and made it a great experience. We played very well, saw some great games, and met some wonderful people. We are ready to go again. Ireland 2015!

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