Swiss U18 Team at the Rugby Europe Trophy
Poznanz, POL, 27.03.2018 - The Swiss U18 national team has completed more than half of its European Campaign at the Rugby Europe Trophy in Poland with encouraging results.
In its first match on Friday, March 23rd, thanks to a strong start against Germany, Switzerland went into the halftime break with the score tied at 5-5, thanks to a try by front rower Guillaume Cramont . In the second half, the powerful German team got the upper hand and, despite a strong resistance by Switzerland during 20 minutes of that period, managed to secure a decisive 34-5 victory.
In its second match on Tuesday, March 26th, Switzerland faced Luxembourg in the second round of the Rugby Europe Trophy.
Switzerland was first on the scoreboard thanks to a try by hooker Guillaume Cramont, but Luxembourg had an immediate answer with a try of their own. It was Switzerland who again gained the upper hand with Henry Pharaony touching down for a try right between the posts. The entire match was back and forth, with each team finding answers to the scores of the other team. Finally, however, it was Switzerland’s determination and grit which assured them the 34-22 victory at the end of 80 minutes. The other scorers for Switzerland were Gregor Gray (2), Olmo Bartoloni, and Matthew Dodd. All penalties and transformations were taken and scored (1+3) by Hugo Caubet.
In its final match, Switzerland will face the Ukraine on Friday, March 30th, at 15:00, in the play-off for 5th and 6th place.
The young Swiss team also faced a different type of challenge during the first half of the tournament: the Swiss team staff and leadership had to make the difficult decision of excluding three players from the team after the first match, sending them home earlier than planned.
The young men failed to respect the team’s code of conduct and violated the rules of behavior set by the team and staff for this European Campaign.
The Swiss Junior national team programmes (U16-U17-U18) are as much about developing young rugby players’ skills and technique as they are about accompanying young people in their character development into adulthood. The values of rugby act as a central focus point in both their sporting development and their human development. Disrespecting the rules of conduct also means disrespecting the values of rugby: Discipline, Respect, Integrity, Passion, Solidarity.