Stu­dents treated to world cup send-up

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By JA­SON HOW­ELLS

Firth Pri­mary School and vis­it­ing school Te Poi Pri­mary School were treated to a trav­el­ling com­edy show last week called The Great Rugby Rob­bery, which WAs a par­ody of the Rugby World Cup.

‘‘The show is a great way to get kids in­volved with the Rugby World Cup,’’ said Aimee Pol­lard, one of the show’s per­form­ers.

The plot finds the au­di­ence trans­ported to see the Webb El­lis Cup, which has been stolen by the French in an evil plot to de­stroy the Rugby World Cup.

All Black captain Richie Mc Ap­ple Core prom­ises to get the cup back in the hands of New Zealand.

Riana – a young rugby hope­ful drives a school bus on to the rugby field and joins the game, scor­ing the win­ning try against France. The show was writ­ten by Greg Cooper for New Zealand Play­house in Christchurch and runs from April un­til Oc­to­ber this year.

‘‘By the end we would have cov­ered 250 schools from Cape Reinga to Ste­wart Is­land,’’ said Lavinia Uhila, an­other per­former.

Two of the per­form­ers, Shayne For­rest and Aimee Pol­lard have both lived in Mata­mata.

Mr For­rest worked at Shires Rest host­ing Hob­biton tours and Ms Pol­lard worked as a tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter for Mata­mata’s TV Cen­tral.

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