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.