Once again we find ourselves making the long journey to Argentina to compete in the Patagonia Cup. This prestigious event is firmly cemented in our rugby calendar and we are pleased to again participate and support this event.

This will be our clubs 9th edition and while it is a time to renew old acquaintances and friendships off the field our club looks forward to the healthy competition that encompasses the spirit of this truly unique tournament.

Since the tournament’s inception in 1999 our club has enjoyed the warmth and friendship of the people of Bahia Blanca who have opened their homes and hearts to us and welcomed us as if we were one of their sons and brothers. I find it difficult to put into words our gratitude however while there is an invitation we will continue to support this tournament.

I am sure that well after the final whistle has been blown and the noise dies down the life-long friendships that will be forged over our time together will continue for many years ahead.

I look forward to the commencement of the tournament and wish the organising committee and the huge band of volunteers who have assisted in bringing this unique and prestigious event together all the very best for a great tournament.

Ken Pope
High School Old Boys Rugby Club
Christchurch, New Zealand