years of touch rugby in Phuket, the Sri Lankan Champions arrived with 12 Internationals
to mark the birth of contact. Despite combining 9 Nations of talent we suffered
an auspicious defeat - but the legend was born.
leapt (crawled) from strength to strength, began hosting games and even hosted
an International 15's. After a year we were awarded with our first victory over
some crap Bangkok side (Corsairs).
A transient squad resulted
in awesome victories and auspicious defeats (somewhat like Wales), but with tours
to Hat Yai, Bangkok and Manila the club emerged as an entity (rather than force)
within the Thai Rugby Union.
International College provided us with a regular pitch, as well as supplying us
new players. Then came sponsorship from the Phuket Gazette which provided a name
change to the Phuket Gazettes. Thankfully they saw the error of their ways and
withdrew sponsorship, allowing us to ditch the world's silliest name and revert
to being the Phuket Vagabonds (the newspaper only ever reports games we lose........)
we are aiming to strengthen our pool of players by reducing reliance on rotational
expats who are always pissed, bar owners who are always pissed and press ganged
tourists who are also, always pissed.
We hope Phuket rugby
will continue to develop (sobering up at least) and that the Vagabonds will be
a permanent feature for both Thai and Asian teams to defeat...erm visit.
by Ben Hennessy and a spell checker