Lead­ers win rugby ex­pe­ri­ence

Papakura Courier - - SITUATIONS VACANT -

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.

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