Tokoroa boys show colours
It was a proud moment for young rugby players Matthew Letoga and Karly Karuna who represented Tokoroa in a Waikato jersey once again.
The talented duo have played for Waikato in the past few years and debuted in the Waikato Under 16 squad on Saturday.
Letoga, 15, and Karuna, 16, are the only South Waikato players in this year’s 23-player team.
The process may be familiar but this time round was more ‘‘exciting’’.
‘‘I’m still a bit scared because I’m still young because of the age difference,’’ Letoga said.
He said their selection meant they had reached a more advanced level.
For both of the talented players their goal was to wear the Chiefs jersey and one day play as an All Black.
They shared the same goals but entered the game for different reasons.
A 101kg back, Letoga said his dad wanted him to pursue the sport.
At 85kg and in the forwards, Karuna said he was inspired by a different family member.
‘‘It was my uncle because he’s been through all the same stages.’’
Now the two high school students do not know what life would be like without the sport.
Coach Warren Hodges said about 75 students from Waikato were nominated.
Hodges said the two were picked for different reasons.
‘‘He’s [Matthew] got another year . . . we wanted the opportunity to develop him, he’s got some raw talent. Karly’s multi-talented and can play different positions,’’ he said.
Hodges said it was good to see players from the district in the team.
‘‘It’s always going to be harder for the South Waikato because of numbers.’’
Kicking off: Karly Karauna, front, and Matthew Letoga kicked off for another season in one of Waikato’s squad.