Pius makes pledge of allegiance
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.