Scots College XV head to Sanix tournament

They conquered the country in 2014, now for the world.

The Scots College first XV squad leave on Sunday for the Sanix world rugby youth tournament in Japan.

It’s an adventure made possible by the efforts of the 2014 squad, who shared the national first XV title.

Scots drew the national final with the 2014 Sanix winners Hamilton Boys’ High School but earned the trip to Japan by scoring the first try. Scots also finished a memorable season as holders of the Moascar Cup.

It will be a hard act to follow but playing in the Sanix tournament in Fukuoka, Japan’s sixth largest city, will be an exciting way to start.

It would be a misnomer to describe the Japanese tournament as a genuine world championship. A variety of criteria are used to select the participating teams, and New Zealand, which is normally represented by the national champions – albeit from the previous winter – has dominated the tournament in recent years.

  Hamilton Boys’ High made it five wins in succession for New Zealand schools last year but did not clinch the 15-11 win, against a South African team, till inside the last two minutes.

Hamilton were also successful in 2010 and 2011 with Kelston Boys winning in 2012 and St Kentigern in 2013.

Christchurch Boys’ and Rotorua Boys’ have also won the tournament twice but no New Zealand side made the final for three years from 2007, with Gisborne Boys’ and Hamilton among the teams to miss out.

Scots will be the first Wellington side to play at the tournament.