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Old Warwickians

1985 Rugby Tour to Zimbabwe 30 year reunion

Saturday 5 September 2015

Former teacher Brian Emmerson (WS Staff 1967-2006) was delighted to welcome back to School many of those who went on the Warwick School 1985 Rugby tour to Zimbabwe. The 1985 tour, which Brian organised, was the School’s first long distance overseas sports tour. It is fondly remembered thirty years on by those who ventured into the unfamiliar country and culture.


Chris Freeman, Brian Emmerson, Neil Smith, Jim Button, Dave Dunnett, Charlie Sheppy, John McCulloch, Martin Green, John Flynn, Jim Seaton, Peter Freeman, Ian Mofatt and James Blake.


Martin Green (WS Staff 1970-2005) and Neil Smith (WS 1974-84), who coached and played rugby with the 1985 1st XV, joined the group for lunch in the Pyne Room. We were also pleased to welcome staff who went on the tour; Ian Moffatt (WS Staff 1972-2002) and tour doctor, Peter Freeman.


Lunch was capped by watching the current 1st XV play their opening match of the season, narrowly defeating Dulwich College 8-7. A tour of the School was postponed for another occasion as local watering holes and the England vs. Ireland RWC warm up match beckoned.