Want a visit from a top team?

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Are you keen for a visit from a top rugby team?

New Zealand Rugby and the In­ter­na­tional Rugby Board are on the hunt for schools, clubs, com­mu­nity groups and char­i­ties to host a visit from a team in the 2014 IRB Ju­nior World Cham­pi­onships.

Each of the 12 com­pet­ing teams will make three or more vis­its to the com­mu­nity dur­ing the tour­na­ment. The com­pe­ti­tion will kick off on June 2 and run un­til June 20.

It is the sec­ond largest 15s tour­na­ment in world rugby and will fea­ture 30 ac­tion-packed matches. The fi­nals will take place at Eden Park.

Tour­na­ment man­ager Dan Tatham says the teams will be im­por­tant am­bas­sadors for rugby and out­line the ben­e­fits of play­ing the sport.

Ev­ery­one should

con­sider get­ting in­volved, he says.

‘‘We want to bring teams to places where they can con­nect with young people, get an in­sight into our lives while shar­ing their cus­toms and cul­ture with those they meet.

‘‘Pro­vid­ing a legacy for the re­gion from host­ing the event was an im­por­tant part of our bid to host Ju­nior World Cup 2014.’’

IRB tour­na­ment di­rec­tor Philippe Bour­darias says the teams are look­ing for­ward to great com­mu­nity sup­port dur­ing the tour­na­ment.

‘‘This will help en­sure the teams leave a last­ing im­pres­sion on the com­mu­ni­ties they touch and re­turn home with warm mem­o­ries of their time in New Zealand.’’

Photo: PHOTOSPORT.CO.NZ

Quick pace:

Ju­nior All Black Stephen Brett in ac­tion.

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