Cup pas­sion run­neth over


The Fijian national rugby side felt the full force of sup­port from Porirua lo­cals and schools last week.

Hold­ing an open train­ing ses­sion at Porirua Park on Tues­day, the play­ers were put through a solid hour of drills, as schools in­clud­ing Wind­ley, Holy Fam­ily and Glenview cheered along from the grand­stand.

More than 200 chil­dren then got to meet the play­ers, get au­to­graphs and have pic­tures taken.

Plenty of Porirua res­i­dents were out to show their en­cour­age­ment, kit­ted out in their Fijian shirts and flags, and the weather stayed fine for the 90-minute ses­sion.

An in­ter­ested spec­ta­tor was ex-South African cap­tain Bobby Skin­stad, who was film­ing parts of the train­ing ses­sion in ad­vance of the Spring­bok/Fijian match on Satur­day in Welling­ton.

The train­ing ses­sion was one of sev­eral World Cup-re­lated events held in Porirua last week as more pri­mary schools were gifted their kits for the Rugby Na­tions tour­na­ment, which kicked off to­day.

Lo­cal Su­per Rugby start Rob­bie Fruean was a pop­u­lar man at Can­nons Creek School, where he handed out Ire­land jer­seys and signed au­to­graphs.

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Cen­tre of at­ten­tion: Rob­bie Fruean is mobbed for au­to­graphs af­ter the Ir­ish rugby jersey pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony at Can­nons Creek School.

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