World Cup in town

The Rugby League World Cup, on loan from Australia. Photos: Ryan Wood.

The Rugby League World Cup is in town today, with students at Te Wharekura o Mauao the first to see it.

Students from Hautipua (the sports hub) also had the chance to take part in skills training with local rugby league development officers.

Deputy Principal Teimana Bennett says the young school has a few good rugby league players, with students playing in representative under-16 squads.

“We welcome any sporting codes that want to come in and assist our students. This experience in particular is a great opportunity, because it gives the students a taste of what it's like to play league and train with regional coaches.”

New Zealand Rugby League community engagement coordinator Harley Wall says touring the cup – which is currently held by Australia – is all about promoting this year's tournament, which will be jointly hosted by New Zealand, Australia, and Papua New Guinea.

“In particular we're focusing on schools, rugby league clubs, and the Maori and Pacific community.”

The cup will visit Maungatapu School, Otumoetai Rugby League Club, Mount Maunganui College, and Sport Bay of Plenty, before heading south to Hamilton, Taranaki, Palmerston North, and Wellington.

The 2017 Rugby League World Cup takes place from October 27 to December 2.Harley Wall asks some students rugby league questions.

Out on the school field for skills training.


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