Chil­dren have Su­per op­por­tu­nity

Auckland City Harbour News - - SPORT -

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.

Photo: PHOTOSPORT

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.

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