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SMB College Group Tigers Japan Trip

SMB College Group Tigers Japan Trip

 SMB College Group is proud to be representing England and Leicester Tigers in Japan for the Sanix World Rugby Youth Tournament 2023!


The Japan Rugby Football Union has invited 16 high school teams, 8 from within Japan and 8 from overseas to participate in the tournament.

The tournament will be held at Global Arena in Munakata city, Fukuoka between April 26th and May 6th,

2023. The tournament focuses on developing, strengthening and promoting the game of rugby while

fostering healthy development and international cultural exchange between the students.

David Jones, Section Manager for Sport at SMB College Group, said

“This prestigious tournament will see our students represent England, Leicester Tigers and SMB College Group on an international stage, it truly is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

While it is exciting to compete against teams from overseas and experience new cultures, it will also raise our students’ aspirations by giving them a taste of what a career in rugby could offer, in turn giving them even more drive to continue working hard to achieve their goals.”

Ahren Crowley, SMB College Group Sport and Leicester Tigers Academy student, said

“There’s a real buzz around the Japan trip, the boys and I are very up for the challenge of playing schools from all over the world and learning about the history and culture while we’re out there.”

Bronson Mellowes, Sport and Tigers Academy student, will Captain the side supported by Ahren Crowley and Lawrence Adediran, he said “This is going to be a class opportunity and all the lads are raring to go!”

SMB College Group are raising money in partnership with the Matt Hampson Foundation in order to fund their trip and raise awareness for the fantastic charitable work that the foundation does – in which they inspire and support young people who are seriously injured through sport through their unique Get Busy Living centre in rural Leicestershire. The centre provides expert physiotherapy, specialist personal training, support, mentoring and advice to people suffering a life-changing injury.

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The Sanix World Rugby Youth Tournament is held every year during the Golden Week holidays in Fukuoka prefecture, Japan. Participation is by invitation only, and the overseas schools selected by their respective unions to represent their country are generally expected to be of a high standard, among the top five in each country. SMB College Group and the Leicester Tigers Academy is honoured to be invited – owing it to the hard work and excellence of their students.

Keep up to date on the trip and find out more about studying Sport with SMB College Group at - there’s still time to apply for this September!


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