The Club toured to the Czech Republic and Hungary for the first time in June 1997. It was almost 20 years to the day since the Penguins last played Czechoslovakia, as part of the USSR tour to Tbilisi in 1977. The tour lasted from 4thto 16thJune with visits to Prague and Budapest.
Penguins 111 – 10 Praga Sparta RFC
Penguins 55 – 28 Czech National Team
Penguins 51 – 26 Czech U23
Penguins 105 – 14 Budapest and Kecskemet selection
Penguins 99 – 12 Nass Kecskemeti RFC
Squad: Brent Pope (Otago, South Island, New Zealand Universities, Clontarf and Leinster – Captain), Rob Ashforth (Cambridge University), Andy Clark (Richmond, England Universities), Simon Emms (Llandovery), Stuart Evans (Swansea, Wales), Gary French (Bath), Martin Hyde (Cambridge University and Australian Universities), Steven Martin (Neath), Richard Butland (Bath), Alan Edmunds (Neath, Wales), Luc Evans (Swansea, Wales), Neil Fletcher (Leicester), Michael Higginson (Old Wesley), Andrew Jones (Llandovery), Sean McCahill (Sundays Well, Ireland), Mario Meyer (Thanet Wanderers, Northern Transvaal), Andrew Orugboh (Wasps), Andrew Rees (Resolven), Ben Ryan (Cambridge University and West Hartlepool), Karl Svoboda (Oxford University, Canada), Ben Whetstone (Bedford), Geoffrey Warren, Naill Murphy (Sundays Well), Florent Rossigneux (Stade Francais), Charles Stamer-Smith (Begles), Aleric Turtle (Trinity College, Dublin), Scott Wolfe (Wasps)
Officials: Tony Mason (Chairman), Alan Wright (Hon. Secretary), Hugh McHardy (Manager), Dennis Hern (Hon Treasurer and Tour Statistician), Tony Jarman (Hon Press/PR Secretary), Phil Keith-Roach (Coach), Roy Bish (Liaison Officer), Derek Wyatt (Committee), Geoffrey Warren (RFU Panel Referee)