Cup mem­o­ries

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Toko­roa’s Pius Te Wake can re­mem­ber the day he was asked to pose for a photo hold­ing the Rugby World Cup.

‘‘It was 1987 and I was 11 years old at the time. I was walk­ing home from town when this man asked if I wanted to be in a photo for the

with the Rugby World Cup. I said yeah and we posed and then I went home.’’

Mr Te Wake, now 35, is pic­tured with Toko­roa-based Waikato Rugby Foot­ball Union of­fi­cial Alby Rowan.

Mr Te Wake had no idea at that time that he would be one of only a few that would touch the World Cup while it was in New Zealand’s pos­ses­sion.

It has been 24 years since New Zealand won the World Cup and with the World Cup kick­ing off this Fri­day, Mr Te Wake hopes that New Zealand can end the drought. ‘‘I hope we win it, we have the play­ers to do it.’’

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