Toko­roa stu­dents to join the rugby league stars

South Waikato News - - Agribusiness - LUKE KIRKEBY

When Shar­lene Salale got the call to say Toko­roa Am­is­field School was one of 14 to win the Walk Out With The World’s Best com­pe­ti­tion she was un­der­stand­ably sur­prised.

She was one of 600 teach­ers to ap­ply for the con­test, that will see stu­dents from just 14 schools walk out with the international teams at the Rugby League World Cup 2017.

‘‘I had the op­por­tu­nity to se­lect 17 stu­dents based on re­silience and lead­er­ship who will run out onto the field with a Rugby League World Cup team dur­ing their Hamil­ton Sta­dium game in Novem­ber,’’ she said.

‘‘When they told me I said ‘‘oh my gosh re­ally’’. I couldn’t be­lieve we were one of the lucky ones to have won from 600 ap­pli­cants,’’ she said.

While the ex­act game the stu­dents will at­tend hasn’t yet been fi­nalised it will ei­ther be Samoa vs Tonga on Satur­day, Novem­ber 4 or New Zealand vs Tonga on Satur­day, Novem­ber 11.

Salale said the stu­dents, who are in Years Five to Eight, have each re­ceived per­son­alised in­vi­ta­tions to at­tend.

‘‘They are pretty rapt’ and have been bring­ing me their per­mis­sion slips. It is very ex­cit­ing,’’ she said.

Am­is­field School stu­dents will run onto the field with play­ers dur­ing the Rugby League World Cup.

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