Classmates selected for Indian rugby tour
PUBLISHED: 17:16 13 May 2009 | UPDATED: 10:41 23 August 2010
TWO grammar school students are jetting off to Mumbai this summer after being selected to play for a top Indian rugby team. Aman Gill, 17, of Artemis Close, Gravesend, and Manil Johal, 16, of Maritime Gate, Gravesend, have been chosen to play for Bombay
TWO grammar school students are jetting off to Mumbai this summer after being selected to play for a top Indian rugby team.
Aman Gill, 17, of Artemis Close, Gravesend, and Manil Johal, 16, of Maritime Gate, Gravesend, have been chosen to play for Bombay Gymkhana in the 5-day All India under-20s Championships.
The year 12 Gravesend Grammar School students are due to leave for Mumbai after taking their AS exams on June 8 with the event running from June 17 to 21.
Aman said: "I'm really excited. I'm a bit nervous because it'll be with the under-20s so it's going to be a bit of a step up for us, but I think we are going to do well."
The two friends were chosen for the tournament by the British Asian Rugby Association (BARA) after being put forward by their fathers. They started playing rugby aged eight and have been members of the Gravesend Grammar School first team for six years.
Headteacher Geoff Wybar said: "It's a great opportunity for a couple of really hardworking, conscientious students. They work very hard at their rugby and they work hard at their academic studies. They are a credit to themselves and their families. I hope they make the most of the opportunity and achieve even greater things when they come back."
Both of the students intend to continue playing rugby after leaving school and hope to improve their game on the trip.
Manil said: "I just think it will be a good experience playing with older boys and hopefully we will bring back some new ideas for the school's first team. It's an honour to be representing the school and the county."
"I'd like to say thank you to the school's coaches Mr Moaby and Mr Rapley and also to the headteacher Mr Wybar for giving us consent to go during term time.