League World Cup excitement
Rugby league is pretty popular in the South Waikato so when the world cup came to town there was a bit of excitement.
Last week the cup, which is currently held by 2013 champions Australia, visited various schools throughout New Zealand including Tokoroa North School, Strathmore School, Tokoroa Intermediate, and Tokoroa High School.
Tokoroa Intermediate deputy principal Brian Fisher said the school felt honoured to be part of the cup’s New Zealand tour.
‘‘We’ve had the Rugby World Cup here and now it is a pleasure to have the Rugby League World Cup,’’ he said.
‘‘It is a great opportunity for our kids to see something they have seen on television, in the flesh, and they can say ‘hey I saw that and had my photo taken with it’,’’ he said.
Fisher said it was extra special because the cup was the real deal.
‘‘With the Rugby World Cup there were five and we didn’t know which one was which but this is the actual Rugby League World Cup,’’ he said.
Rugby League World Cup community engagement coordinator Harley Wall said the tour’s aim was get people talking about next year’s world cup tournament.
‘‘With the Rugby League World Cup one year away we are just trying to build as much interest and
‘‘It is a great opportunity for our kids to see something they have seen on television in the flesh’’
awareness about the tournament as we can,’’ he said.
‘‘With Tokoroa being a strong rugby league town we wanted to bring the cup through and give locals the opportunity to come and take a photo with the cup and learn a little bit more about it.’’
The fact that New Zealand will be hosting two games during the tournament at Waikato Stadium will no doubt be a drawcard for many locals.
The first game will be held on November 4 between Samoa and Tonga and the second will be held on November 11 between New Zealand and Tonga.
Fisher said the Hamilton games would be a great chance for locals to be part of the action.
‘‘The fact that it is $10 entry for children is a marvellous way to get the kids along and parents along and I hope they get a full stadium,’’ he said.
‘‘This time we want to take it off the Aussies too as they have had it so much,’’ he laughed.