Leaders win rugby experience
June 23 can’t come soon enough for Rosehill College rugby players Utumalama Atonio and Vulangi Olosoni.
That’s the day Atonio, the girls’ 1st XV centre and Olosoni, the boys’ 1st XV No. 8, get to experience what each couldn’t conjure up in their wildest dreams: share a leadership breakfast with former All Blacks and later in the afternoon be at the All Blacks captain’s run at Eden Park.
It will be on the eve of the first All Black v British Lions test match, so each will also get a feel of the intense hype surrounding tests between the two long time rivals. Antonio and Olosoni are the first winners of the ASB Young Leaders Rugby Experience.
It’s a promotion to celebrate the bank’s official sponsorship of the Lions series and the 500 strong group of volunteers who will ensure the smooth running of the 10-match series.
Twenty five students who display excellent leadership qualities in their schools and show promise on the sports field will be selected.
Antonio and Olosoni were caught cold when All Black and Blues loose forward Steven Luatua dropped in at training to deliver the good news. Both were gobsmacked. ‘‘I certainly wasn’t expecting it. I’m looking forward to meeting more rugby players from around Auckland when we attend the leadership breakfast and captain’s run together,’’ Antonio says.
Olosoni also can’t wait to see Rosehill College old boy Kieran Read.
‘‘It will be great to see what someone from my school has gone on to achieve.’’
Rosehill College rugby players Utumalama Atonio, left and Vulangi Olosoni with Blues loose forward Steven Luatua.