Hartlepool’s rugby team are going to Bangkok to win and not party.
That was the message from coach Michael Ainslie as the town’s united team jetted out from Newcastle International Airport to Thailand.
Hartlepool are having their first crack at the Bangkok International Sevens this Saturday and Sunday.
Ainslie says the squad, made up by players from five clubs, plus two guests from Hong Kong, will be going there to “give it our best”.
“We’ve got a decent squad,” he said.
“We’ve got a lot of talented lads and we’re meeting two there from Hong Kong, who are good players.
“We’re going there to do our best to win it.
“There are no curfews or anything like that, our players are grown men and they are sensible enough to know what’s what.
“We’re going to an amazing event and incredible city but we’re there to play in the Bangkok International Sevens.
“There is no problem having a couple of beers on Thursday night as we all get to know each other and if the lads want a pint on Friday night that’s up to them.
“But they are the ones who’ll be running around in 30-odd degree heat on Saturday so they’ll have to be sensible.
“We’re there to play and we’ll be going for it, we’re not going there to get drunk and show ourselves up.”
Rovers provide two players, Alex Rochester and Adam Smith, as do Horden & Peterlee, Brad Green and Jack McCallum.
BBOB back Peter Howe, Seaton Carew’s Cameron Lithgo, Hong Kong pair Alex Bayliss and Bernard Reeves complete the squad of 12, who are sponsored by Hart Innovations, Seymour Civil Engineering and Utility Alliance.
The venture is the inspiration of Hartlepool businessman, Alby Pattison, from Hart Innovations.