A mini Rugby World Cup
The All Blacks can’t guarantee the support of Porirua children at the upcoming Rugby World Cup as schools are getting behind a host of nations for a local version of the cup.
As part of the buildup to the official World Cup, 20 Porirua and Tawa primary schools will compete in the Porirua Rugby Nations Tournament.
Representatives from participating schools gathered for a lively ceremony at Cannons Creek School last Tuesday to draw the country they will represent.
Former All Black Stephen Bachop and former Black Fern Izzy Ford spoke at the event, which was hosted by More FM’s Tarsh Tolson.
The crowd was entertained by two Cannons Creek School dance troupes and a Cook Island drumming group from Brandon Intermediate.
Ngati Toa School drew crowd favourites New Zealand, with hot teams Samoa and Fiji going to Rangikura and Pukerua Bay schools.
Holy Family School drew Wales, who Porirua will host for the real Cup in September.
Cannons Creek student Debbie Brown, 9, says she knows nothing about her school’s draw, Ireland, except that they speak differently.
‘‘Their accent’s really weird.’’
Cannons Creek School pupils Debbie Brown (9) as Fiji, Geneva Moke (10) as USA, and Kaylah Ariu-Woolley (9) as Wales launch Porirua’s mini Rugby World Cup.
The schools’ tournament will take place on September 20 and 21 at Onepoto Park, with the prize being a replica of the World Cup.
Teams will be made up of year five and six pupils, and the game will be modified, with no tackling but retaining lineouts and scrums.
Porirua City Council’s Healthy Eating, Healthy Action team are providing schools with replica kit for the countries they represent.