A Visit From Legends

Rugby World Cup Players Visit Seoul

Story By: Emma Kalka

Photos By: Dulwich College Seoul 

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With the Rugby World Cup taking place this month in Japan, rugby fans in Seoul got a special treat when three of the sport’s great players paid a visit. 

Israel Dagg, former member of the New Zealand World Cup team from 2010-2015; Joel Stransky, best known for the famous winning drop goal that won the World Cup for South Africa in 1995; and Rod McCall, a member of the World Cup-winning Australian team in 1995, were all invited to Seoul by their respective chamber of commerces for the 2019 Seoul Rugby World Cup Charity Dinner. They then took part in a special training session at Dulwich College Seoul.

At the dinner, which took place on Aug. 30 at the JW Marriot, the three entertained the crowd with humorous and colorful tales of their time on their countries’ world cup teams. The event was attended by various local rugby clubs across the country as well as various chamber of commerces based in Seoul. 

Stranksy, in particular, spoke in depth about his experience playing on the first World Cup team from South Africa, which ultimately won in extra time against New Zealand. 

The next day, the rugby greats were invited to a special training session at Dulwich with young local rugby enthusiasts. 

“All three of our visitors are World Cup-winning rugby legends, but more importantly, wonderful ambassadors for a game that bonds people so tightly around the world,” said Graeme Salt, headmaster of Dulwich. “I know their passion for rugby and immense expertise will inspire another generation of young rugby players. It has been our privilege to host them in support of this great game in Seoul.

Sean Choi