22 May 13
See how the Etihad Airways', Fly With The Best, Train With The Best competition winners got on at their exclusive behind the scenes training day at Harlequins' training ground
It's been another strange week, weather wise - rain to cold to hot again - I don't know what to wear half the time! We have carried on through the weather and managed to get the kids out for rugby and fun. We ran a quiz a couple of times, which the kids enjoyed and it helped them to learn rugby as well. I have also been learning over the last few weeks such things as local songs for children, playdo sessions with the kids and I must admit I made a lovely flower for them! Which I think they loved!
I'm not having too many problems with the language; the kids are understanding and having great fun as we go. This week from Monday to Friday it was simple rugby lessons and fun but Saturday was the big big day for everyone. Seven SESI schools converged onto Tatui and me and my colleague Darren Kingham-Scott who is from London Irish (boooo!) had the job of letting them play and try rugby for the first time. Only six schools took part in the competition of rugby as there were other sports as well, but the girls and boys loved their first touch of a rugby ball, with some interesting developments throughout the day.
The kids involved were 16-17 years old and their grasp of the rules was a bit better than the younger children but this didn't stop them tearing around the park, throwing the ball everywhere with the odd few screams because they didn't expect the ball to bounce that way! But it was fun to watch and take part. I saw some future stars of the game in the festival and I hope to see more as the project progresses.
To move away from the topic of rugby, some of the girls have decided to teach me Samba and other Brazilian dances! I'm still waiting for my first lesson which could be interesting as I am a pretty large lad and play front row! I can't see my skills being great. LOL.
Also while I was out for another BBQ I noticed that the local cowboys don't use horses out here, they use bulls and cows! I must admit it was a bit strange but hey ho this is Brazil.
Each week I am getting to know more and more people and everyone is so friendly it's brilliant - even though I alreadt have the reputation of being loco (crazy)! Ah well it's all good fun!
Ciao for now
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