The latest chapter in Killicomaine Junior High School’s long-standing connection to Wales-based Abergavenny proved a big hit on and off the rugby field.
Dating back to 2000, the arrangement provides pupils from the Portadown school and South Wales counterparts an opportunity to spend time in each area on alternate years.
The under 12s and under 13s recently returned from across the water with three wins from four fixtures.
The opening tests for the touring party featured two games against Crickhowell High School of Bristol.
The under 12s finished in front by 15-14, with the under 13s romping home by a 65-0 clean sweep.
A visit to Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium proved just one highlight, along with swimming in the city’s international arena.
A trip 300 feet underground to the Big Pit National Coal Museum in Blaenavon provided the group with background on the South Wales mining industry.
It was back to sport when Killicomaine met Abergavenny’s King Henry VIII School, with the under 12s down by 24-5 but the under 13s recording a 32-0 success to retain the Governor’s Cup.
A number of boys then took in an afternoon at Abergavenny Rugby Club to enjoy some hospitality.
The final attraction was a tour of Bristol’s Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitors’ Centre.
“Once again, it was a memorable rugby tour,” said a spokesperson for Killicomaine Junior High School. “The Welsh boys’ visit to Portadown next March will be eagerly anticipated.”