Fans give good vibes

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By ES­THER LAUAKI

Porirua rugby fans got to see the fa­mous Webb El­lis Cup first hand as part of its na­tion­wide tour last week.

The most pres­ti­gious tro­phy in world rugby was un­locked from its vault and es­corted by for­mer All Black cap­tain and Welling­ton Rugby Legacy chair­man Andy Les­lie around the re­gion last Thurs­day.

The Webb El­lis Cup is one of the most recog­nised in­ter­na­tional sport­ing tro­phies but is rarely seen in pub­lic, so fans of all ages lined up for the op­por­tu­nity to be pho­tographed with the golden cup.

Porirua City mayor Nick Leggett said it was ‘‘ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic’’ to have the cup at Te Rau­paraha Arena for three hours.

‘‘We’re cer­tainly putting a lot of pos­i­tive Porirua vibes into bring­ing the World Cup home to New Zealand this year.’’

Welling­ton Rugby Foot­ball Union’s ama­teur rugby man­ager Will Cac­cia-Birch said they wanted ev­ery­one to be able to see the cup ‘‘in all its glory’’.

‘‘We are pleased that we are able to show the cup in Welling­ton, the Hutt Val­ley and Porirua. It is also very fit­ting to have the cup es­corted by Andy Les­lie, one of the le­gends of our game here in Welling­ton.’’

Young rugby fan Ali Leota of Ranui said he was ‘‘ re­ally ex­cited’’ about the Rugby World Cup 2011.

‘‘ I’m ex­cited es­pe­cially be­cause it’s gonna be at home. The world will be watch­ing us.’’

He, his friends and fam­ily are all back­ing the All Blacks, of course.

Our pre­cious: Rugby fans, from left, Vin­cent ‘‘Vinny’’ Sakaria, Ali Leota and

Daniel ReueluBuchanan went to Te Rau­paraha

Arena to see the real

Rugby World Cup up close.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.