All Blacks in wait­ing

Auckland City Harbour News - - Sport - By Me­lanie Ver­ran

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.

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