Pius makes pledge of al­le­giance

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

Their loy­al­ties may be All Black, but St Pius X stu­dents are don­ning the red, white and blue this Rugby World Cup.

The Ti­tahi Bay school is rep­re­sent­ing the United States in Porirua’s Rugby Na­tions Tour­na­ment, to be played be­tween 20 lo­cal pri­mary schools next week. The school’s squad, made up of year 5 and 6 stu­dents, was pre­sented with their replica USA uni­forms by Porirua City Coun­cil staff at a spe­cial assem­bly on Fri­day.

Pupils have clearly been do­ing their home­work on the land of the free, as they aced an im­promptu quiz from Mana MP Kris Faafoi dur­ing the assem­bly: stu­dents knew the cap­i­tal of the US, the name of the pres­i­dent and the name of their rugby squad, the Ea­gles.

The Pius USA rippa rugby team have been train­ing for three weeks to pre­pare for the mini World Cup, cap­tain Luke Kapene says.

The keen sports­man reck­ons Pius have a pretty good shot at the tro­phy.

He’ll be root­ing for USA dur­ing the real World Cup, but there’s only one team he wants to see win – New Zealand, of course.

Mean­while, kids from Tawa’s Hamp­ton Hill School, donned their stylish South African jer­seys for a trip to Te Papa on Fri­day, where the Spring­box were hold­ing a sign­ing ses­sion.

The Porirua Rugby Na­tions Tour­na­ment will be played at Onepoto Park on Tues­day, Septem­ber 20 and Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 21, be­tween 9am and 3pm.

Stars in strips: St Pius X school is hop­ing to come out top of 20 lo­cal schools in a mini-Rugby World tour­na­ment next week. The school will be play­ing as the United States. Show­ing off their US strip are vice-cap­tain Maui Wal­lace and cap­tain Luke Kapene, both 10.

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