A mini Rugby World Cup

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

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.

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