SHOALHAVEN Rugby Club will this week return to Cambodia to defend their international 10s tournament title.
Held at Phnom Penh, the two-day tournament, which saw Shoals defeat Thailan's Mighty Geckos 34-17 in the 2018 final, will see see 10 new faces head to Cambodia for the first time, as part of the 16-person touring squad.
"Rugby has always had a strong tradition of touring," Shoals coach Paul Connor said, who hopes this trip becomes a permanent fixture on the club's calendar.
"This is a great opportunity to see and experience other cultures while connecting with rugby players from around the world in our global game.
"Last year's touring party were a credit to the game of rugby and to the Shoalhaven region, both on and off the field - we expect nothing less from this year's touring party".
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The touring players and club have worked hard throughout the year to raise the funds for the trip.
Part of the fundraising involved players Bradley Tattnell and Scott Webb getting married, with a resultant significant dowry contributing to the tour.
Both Tattnell and Webb will be part of the touring squad and will take the opportunity to have their honeymoon while on tour.
Joining Tatnell and Webb in the squad are Duncan Maddinson, Tomas Hill, Jacob Murphy, Tyson Sue, Sam Connor, Tristan Healy, Tui Aberahama, Brandon Texan, Daniel Hughes and Tomas Hayburn - with Ron Willett and Brian Peadon on Connor's staff.
The main function of the Cambodia 10s tournament, which will run from October 26-27, is to raise funds for Kampuchea Ballop - a not for profit organisation that assists children throughout Cambodia.
Kampuchea Ballop provide access to sports and group activities on a weekly basis to more than 600 children.
Through the funds raised from the tournament, Kampuchea Balopp aims to nurture more than 1500 children by the end of the year in their social development and sports activities.
This includes teaching them about healthy lifestyles, good nutrition, the importance of teamwork and respect, and responsibilities in all facets of life.
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