Road to Ar­gentina re­alised

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - REXINE HAWES

Mata­mata Col­lege’s rugby tour team leaves for Ar­gentina car­ry­ing a re­minder of a mate who more than any­thing wanted to be with them.

Corbin Mor­gan, 16, died in a car crash in Novem­ber. He was part of the tour­ing team which had been fundrais­ing for the trip of a life­time.

On Sun­day, the team met for fi­nal prepa­ra­tions ahead of their ar­rival in Buenos Aires on Thursday.

The play­ers were pre­sented with their tour jersey which car­ries a sym­bol to rep­re­sent Corbin.

The 28-player team will be led by cap­tain Grae­son Tani­rau and vice cap­tain Chase Pauro.

From Buenos Aires, they will travel to Bahı´a Blanca for the rugby tour­na­ment.

Coaches Richard Waru and Daryl Ben­ni­son are proud of the play­ers.

Ben­ni­son says be­ing on the tour team is no guar­an­tee of mak­ing the 1st XV but it is a way of de­vel­op­ing play­ers.

‘‘It’s a young team but we are look­ing for­ward to see­ing how they de­velop,’’ says Ben­ni­son.

‘‘We are hop­ing some of them will re­ally push to make the 1st XV.’’

This is the third tour Mata­mata Col­lege has par­tic­i­pated in, with pre­vi­ous trips to Gold Coast and Canada.

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