Children have Super opportunity
The Auckland club rugby season hasn’t officially started yet but three young players from Eden Rugby Club were given the chance of a lifetime at Unitec in Mt Albert.
Lukas Taia, Jamie Saggers and Millar Mahoney were invited to learn from the best in the business at the Blues’ training session on March 26.
The trio were put through their paces by All Blacks front rowers Charlie Faumuina, Keven Mealamu and Tony Woodcock.
But that’s not where it ends for the three young Eden players, who are hoping their names will be on their Super Rugby heroes’ jerseys.
The initiative is part of the BNZ Future Stars campaign which is fundraising for Plunket.
Kiwi kids are being given the chance to have their name featured on a Super Rugby jersey to be worn by their hero during Round 10 matches in Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin on April 17 and 18.
Blues, Chiefs, Crusaders and Hurricanes, Highlanders players will be wearing jerseys featuring the winning Kiwi kids’ names.
Faumuina, Woodcock and Mealamu will be part of the initiative when the Blues take on the Highlanders in Dunedin.
There are two ways young rugby fans can have their name displayed on a player’s jersey: either by bidding on 15 Trade Me jersey auctions or by entering an online ballot which will have 90 winners.
Last year it was the Crusaders’ No 9 jersey, worn by Andy Ellis, that topped the Trade Me bids at $1220.
From bottom left: Lukas Taia, Jamie Saggers and Millar Mahoney from Eden Rugby Club trained with Blues players (from top left), Charlie Faumuina, Keven Mealamu and Tony Woodcock.