Patrick Hurworth | ISB Head of School

ISB Head of School
Dear APAC Rugby enthusiasts:

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the International School of Beijing. I appreciate the time and commitment you have all put into your preparation both as students, who juggle classes and co-curricular activities, as well as teachers and coaches, who I know are busy throughout the day working with and helping our students. Your experience at ISB will be memorable, you will make new friends, and enjoy reconnecting with old acquaintances. Most importantly of all, you will enjoy the Rugby; and that’s what you are here for! You are guaranteed a warm welcome, great facilities and a memorable experience.

Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help make your stay at ISB enjoyable. Good luck and have a great time throughout the tournament.

Simon Parker | Director of Student Activities


Dear APAC Rugby Players, Coaches and Supporters!

Welcome to Beijing, welcome to ISB and welcome to APAC Rugby 2019! I can tell you with some certainty that our community at large is thrilled to be hosting and are looking forward with great anticipation to seeing all of you in action in the stadium this weekend. It is great timing with the Rugby World Cup currently happening over in Japan and the popularity of the game growing at a fast pace outside the familiar rugby nations. We are hoping that growth will be mirrored here in our small community this weekend as our faculty, students and parents get to watch you guys take the field and do battle for the APAC crown. Sport is a great facilitator for bringing people together, so to compliment the inevitable array of top quality matches and intense competition, we hope you will take time to renew old friendships and develop new ones, as well as try to enjoy just a little taste of Beijing and all it has to offer.

Good luck to all of you and please do reach out at any time if there is anything you need to make your stay with us more enjoyable. Play well, enjoy the competition and please take full advantage of the wonderful opportunity that this week offers you, both on and off the field of play!


Preben Gietz | Assistant Director of Student Activities


Dear athletes, coaches, and parents

We are excited to be hosting you for this year’s APAC Rugby Championships. Welcome to campus and to the great city of Beijing.

Over the next few days, participants will hopefully create lifelong memories of competing alongside their teammates and forming friendships with students from around the world. While each tournament can only have one winner, all of you should feel immense pride if you gave it your best effort and represented your schools as exemplary ambassadors.

We hope you enjoy yourselves and thank you for coming to Beijing to be a part of the event. If there is anything we can do to make sure you have a positive experience, please do not hesitate to ask.

Preben Gietz