All Blacks in waiting
Auckland youngsters could be All Blacks in the making.
Teachers Eastern Rugby Club is setting up a Small Blacks module for under-6 and under-7 boys and girls.
Teams play seven-a-side, two-handed touch every Saturday morning at the Orakei Domain in Okahu Bay.
Junior rugby development officer Kirk Jennings says it’s a great way to get kids active and into rugby early.
“We’re trying to make it as easy as possible for parents,” he says.
Having games at the same time and same place each week makes the programme different from those offered by other clubs, he says.
Boys and girls play together and Mr Jennings says at their age, girls are just as good, if not better, than boys.
“The girls often give the boys a run because they’re so fast,” he says.
Mr Jennings’ free coaching at several schools inspires many kids to take up the sport.
The Small Blacks module is open to both school or class teams and individuals keen to be put in a group. The season begins on May 17. For more information about the programme or to register call Mr Jennings on 521-0538.
Young starters: Teachers Eastern junior rugby development officer Kirk Jennings watches over Autymn Kanuta Williams, 6, as she warms up with a ball-handling drill.
Focused: Wesley Sione, 5, sprints for a touchdown.