WELCOME TO THE 2018 ISST RUGBY CUP TOURNAMENT
It is with great pleasure that The British School of Paris is hosting this tournament, and we wish you the very best of luck.
Over the course of the two days there will be victories, defeats, possibly even some draws and you will no doubt experience a whole range of emotions as your team battles to overcome the team facing you. Despite there being winners and losers, and however much your fortunes may differ to others, one thing that is for certain is that there will be a common bond shared among all those taking part. This is a bond shared by all rugby players the world over, that is born out of respect, fair play and sportsmanship; values that set rugby apart from many other sports.
Whilst we will expect to see impressive individual performances from players, and those who shine will be selected for an All-Tournament award, ultimately the team that stands on the highest step of the podium will be the one that has produced the best collective effort, where all have given everything for the good of the team.
Henry Ford, the pioneering car maker and industrialist once said,'Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success". This quote embodies the journey that our rugby teams have made throughout the year, to bring them to this point and in readiness to compete for the ISST title.
However, very occasionally there are exceptions to this notion of teamwork, as demonstrated in a fax sent to the New Zealand All Black team before their World Cup semi-final in 1995, that read, "Remember that rugby is a team game; all 14 of you make sure you pass the ball to Jonah."
So, barring any Jonah Lomah-esque performances at this year's ISST , we look forward to seeing the very best that teamwork has to offer, and for players, coaches and spectators to hold up the high standards of sportsmanship that are expected at all ISST tournaments and are written in this programme.
Once again, I would like to wish everyone a very enjoyable and successful tournament that will live long in our memory.
The British School of Paris