League World Cup ex­cite­ment

South Waikato News - - Your Health - LUKE KIRKEBY

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.

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