For­est View pro­duces world-class tal­ent

South Waikato News - - FRONT PAGE -

To make an in­ter­na­tional rugby team you need only three things; good rugby boots, a can-do at­ti­tude and a For­est View High School uni­form.

For­est View High School has head­lined national and in­ter­na­tional news over the past few weeks for hav­ing a knack of pro­duc­ing top rugby play­ers who are play­ing in the Rugby World Cup.

They in­clude 1998 head boy Isaac Boss, who is play­ing half- back for Ire­land, the amaz­ing su­per wing for the All Blacks, Richard Kahui and Aus­tralia’s fly-half, Quade Cooper.

But the list doesn’t stop there, former top Waikato coach Ian Foster also at­tended the school as well as former Can­ter­bury and Maori All Black Grant Kelly and Aus­tralian women’s rugby player Cheyenne Camp­bell who also be­gan her high school ca­reer run­ning around the school’s pad­docks.

The school is known for its rugby prow­ess on and off the field.

For­est View’s former English teacher, Mar­ion Eivers, was the only fe­male rugby ref­eree in the town in the 1990s and not only was she a reg­is­tered ref­eree, she also coached the school’s un­der 50kg rugby squad – a team that in­cluded su­per­star Richard Kahui.

Long-serv­ing sports co­or­di­na­tor Denise Hein has fronted national and in­ter­na­tional news or­gan­i­sa­tions about the suc­cesses of the school’s past stu­dents.

Most in­ter­est has fo­cused on Richard Kahui and Quade Cooper, and there has been footage of the school and its World Cup cel­e­bra­tions.

Look­ing district-wide, South Waikato has pro­duced quite a few dis­tinc­tive play­ers. Toko­roa High School can claim Paul ‘‘Bam Bam’’ Koteka, who played for the All Blacks and the Maori side, and Brian Mor­risey also suc­ceeded in his quest to wear the black jersey.

Pu­taruru Col­lege’s Wayne Smith, now in the All Black’s coach­ing cor­ner, has also worn the jersey. Wales player Sonny Parker called Pu­taruru home and Black Fern Vic­to­ria Grant and New Zealand Women’s rugby league player Honey Hireme be­gan their ca­reers play­ing footy in Pu­taruru.

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