Building up for their assault on AIB League Division Two, Old Wesley will embark on a senior tour to South Africa next month.
A party of up to 40 Old Wesley players and alickadoos will depart Dublin on August 13 for a 10 day tour taking in matches at Cape Town and Durban.
Fixtures have been confirmed against Kraaifontein RFC and Hamilton RFC in Cape Town and Crusaders RFC in Durban.
The tourists will also take in visits to Robben Island and Table Mountain in Cape Town together with big game viewing and a Zulu night at Durban. A Currie Cup match is also on the agenda.
In Durban the tour party hopes to meet up with former Old Wesley player Gordon Jestin (Boris) who no doubt will be providing entertainment on the guitar and bodhrán.
The tour will be managed by experienced tourist, on and off the field, Dave Priestman.
“We are really looking forward to the trip. South Africa is a beautiful and friendly country to visit and also provides high quality rugby opposition,” he said.
“What’s more it has been 17 years since our last senior tour so this one is well overdue!”
Club and tour captain Philip Hosie said: “The tour provides a fitting finish to a very successful season, after gaining promotion to AIB League Division Two and also winning the Division Three title.
“For many of us it is our first visit to South Africa and a great opportunity to develop our rugby skills. Hopefully this will prove beneficial in our quest to compete in Division Two next season.”