Men’s Tour Diary Part 3

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Game day – Sunday 16th September. We headed to the stadium where the majority of training has taken place thus far. The match against the national side was a curtain raiser for the “President’s Cup”, an annual fixture in which the two best club sides in Madagascar do battle, yet there were already some 25,000 people packed into the stadium.

A narrow defeat followed but, although all involved were bitterly disappointed and will look forward to another hard week of training, it took little away from what had been a great spectacle. It’s amazing to see just how popular rugby is over here and what a force for good the sport can be, bringing members of the community together.

Back at the hotel, it was time to reflect on all that had happened in the last week and to say farewell to certain members of the group who are heading back early.

We awoke on Monday morning with a few sore heads and upset tummies after tour court and some questionable poulet respectively, we took a short bus journey to a Lemur sanctuary. The tranquility of the park was the perfect remedy. Our tour guide went out of his way to show us around and imparted a few salient nuggets of info along the way. Notably that the much loved “King Julian” from the Madagascar films is a member of one (of many) species of Lemur and has 28 alternate black and white rings on his bushy tail.

Back on the bus and stuck in the chaos of rush hour traffic we were able to absorb more of the vibrant surroundings of Antananarivo ahead of some much needed R and R at the hotel (watching Madagascar).

I am pleased to say that the indigenous wildlife has been boosted by the arrival of Le Furet!

 

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