THESE two rugby mad youngsters will spend three months playing their favourite sport out in South Africa.
Henry Baird and Joe McQuillan of New Hall School, Chelmsford will fly to the Southern Hemisphere in April and become the first to take advantage of a new school exchange programme.
For a term the duo will study and play 16,000km from home at Glenwood High School in Durban
One of the Year 9 pupils, Henry, can't wait to get started. He said: "This is a brilliant opportunity, we are really looking forward to playing rugby in South Africa and spending three months in a different culture, it's going to be a life changing experience."
The invitation will then be reciprocated with two boys from South Africa coming to live, work and play in Chelmsford.
Both youngsters have had excellent seasons at New Hall School where the under-14s are unbeaten in their last 15 games.
With the general standard of schoolboy rugby higher in South Africa, the pair can expect to learn a lot from their time in a different country.
They only have to pay for their flights; all other expenses and accommodation costs are picked up by the schools.
It is hoped the programme will eventually be extended to include cricket and tennis exchange programmes.
Head of sport at New Hall School, Shaun Winsor, said: "At New Hall we pride ourselves on the opportunities we can give students and this will be the opportunity of a life time for Henry and Joe.
"We wish them well and look forward to seeing what they learn."
Ad Pinheiro, senior deputy headmaster of the Glenwood School said: "Whilst in South Africa, the New Hall School students will have the opportunity to study lessons in Zulu, Afrikaans, life orientation, arts and culture and natural science."