In­spi­ra­tional first for Cen­tral Otago play­ers

Central Otago Mirror - - LAKES DISTRICT NEWS -

An ex­cit­ing chap­ter in rugby his­tory and de­vel­op­ment has been kicked off in the Cen­tral Otago area, with the Mount As­pir­ing Col­lege 1st XV side par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Otago / South­land 1st XV High­lander’s com­pe­ti­tion. It’s an in­spi­ra­tional first for rugby play­ers in the heart of Cen­tral, with 28 play­ers sourced from Wakatipu High School, Cromwell Col­lege and Mount As­pir­ing Col­lege to make up this side. Four­teen teams from across the two prov­inces play in this com­pe­ti­tion, mean­ing it is a huge step up for those play­ers se­lected in the team. This side has also en­abled some of the area’s top play­ers, aged from 16 to 18 years, to come to­gether and com­bine their tal­ents on the rugby field. De­vel­op­ing this team has brought with it many pluses, but an in­ter­est­ing ben­e­fit has been en­abling the play­ers from all three schools to ac­tu­ally rep­re­sent their schools on the rugby field. Un­til this op­por­tu­nity arose, those keen to play rugby, were only able to be af­fil­i­ated to their lo­cal rugby clubs but now th­ese play­ers can not only en­thu­si­as­ti­cally em­brace this op­por­tu­nity but proudly rep­re­sent their school in rugby at the same time.

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