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South Coast rugby ace Tristin Parsons enjoyed an unforgettable tour of Ireland as a member of the Westville Invitational Under-13 team recently.
The Suid-Natal Primary and Junior Warriors star played a key role for the team, who finished their three-match tour unbeaten.
The talented scrumhalf scored a try in his side’s 32-17 win over Balbriggen in their opening fixture.
Their next clash, against Cork, proved their most challenging and ended in a 7-all draw.
The Westville Invitational Under-13s ended the tour on a perfect note with a 22-7 win over Garyowen.
“It was the best tour ever. It meant a lot to be selected and I am thankful for the opportunity,” the Margate youngster told eHowzit.
Parsons was born with Symbrachydactyly – a congenital abnormality of the hand in which bones is missing from the fingers while some fingers are missing altogether – but has refused to let it stand in his way of living out his passion of playing rugby.
He’s emerged as one of the South Coast’s brightest up-and-coming rugby players and has represented Southern KwaZulu-Natal and the KwaZulu-Natal Duikers.
He fell in love with Ireland and said he’ll never forget his first international rugby tour.
“Ireland is awesome – I loved the snow and the hotels. The highlight of the tour for me was scoring a try on Irish soil.”