@GonzagaRugby Experiences Italy, Plays Well Against Tough Competition

Gonzaga Rugby made its annual international spring break trip this week.  Three teams left for Italy on March 17 with an overnight flight and a layover in Frankfurt.  The Eagles landed in Milan on March 18.  Highlights from the trip include two game days, a tour of a fellow Jesuit school in Milan, a tour of the Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua, and the traditional senior dinner. Enjoy day-by-day descriptions and photos from the trip below.

Saturday, March 18
First day of tour in the books – over night flight and 4.5 hour layover in Frankfurt, arrival in Milan, lunch, nap, practice, dinner and team entertainment – a full 24 hours for sure!

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Sunday, March 19
Great first day of rugby. The Gonzaga boys played great and are having experiences of a lifetime.

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Purple lost to Milano Rugby Academy 19-47
Black beat ASC Milano 28-10
JV lost to ASC Milano 14-34
Monday, March 20
We were blessed to be hosted today for Mass, a tour of their school, and our recovery session by a fellow Jesuit school – Leone XIII – Pagina ufficiale!

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Tuesday, March 21
Travel day to Padua

Wednesday, March 22
After team lunch we had Mass and tour of the Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua!

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Thank you Padua rugby, for being such great hosts. We all had such a wonderful time!

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Purple lost to Padova Rugby Academy 7-36
Black lost to CUS Padova 21-29
JV lost to Valsugana Rugby 0-33
Thursday, March 23
The traditional Senior Dinner of the Gonzaga Rugby Tour!

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{UPDATED – FINAL DAYS}

Friday, March 24
Full day on tour – morning practice and team lunch at Petrarca Rugby Club; afternoon trip to Venice; team dinner back in Padua

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A few more shots of Gonzaga Rugby boys in the wild … Aboard a crowded water taxi in Venice after a long day of adventures. Other passengers seemed agog at the giant pack of gorgeous (and polite) American boys. Several boys gave up their seats for adult passengers. We were proud of them all.

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The entire town of Imola welcomes Gonzaga!!

Saturday, March 25
Game day at Imola Rugby Club – they were incredible hosts as they rolled out the red carpet for us!!

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Purple beat Imola 40-0
JV lost to Imola 10-12

End of Tour Banquet at Petrarca Rugby Clubhouse – recognition and gratitude, and entertainment and joy – the values we are built on!!

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