Fun be­fore the hard yards start

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Balls flew and sausages were bar­be­cued at Ex­cel­sior rugby foot­ball clubs’ an­nual Fam­ily Day on Sun­day. The club holds the event ev­ery year to bring ev­ery­one back to­gether be­fore train­ing be­gins. Man­age­ment staff cooked the bar­be­cue as ev­ery­one else headed to the play­ing field to get a bit of ex­er­cise for the af­ter­noon. Se­nior team coach Ja­son Webb said the day was about do­ing some­thing in­volv­ing the whole fam­ily. The day in­cluded ac­tiv­i­ties such as golf, touch and fris­bee. The se­nior team was set to start train­ing next week as pre-sea­son games would be­gin in March. ‘‘We use the time to get the boys back to­gether,’’ Webb said. The team would see most of its play­ers re­turn next sea­son but a few play­ers had left to take the next step up in their rugby ca­reers. ‘‘A cou­ple have gone to play in town and a cou­ple of oth­ers have gone over­seas,’’ he said. The goal for coach Webb and his team was to be­gin get­ting fit well be­fore the sea­son started and to pass on knowl­edge to younger play­ers who would take the field for Ex­cel­sior for the first time next sea­son. The Coun­cil of Rugby Clubs had still not de­cided on its struc­tur­ing for round robin games next sea­son so Webb and his team were yet to know what level they will be

play­ing next year.

Photo: NI­COLE SHARP / FAIR­FAX NZ 628643314

GOODFUN: Ex­cel­sior rugby play­ers and coach­ing staff en­joy a game of touch on the clubs an­nual Fam­ily Day on Sun­day.

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