Team to make their trans-Tas­man de­but

The Tribune (NZ) - - News - RICHARD MAYS

Off to the GC – two years plan­ning came to fruition on Satur­day when 24 rugby play­ers aged 14 to 18, their coach, a cou­ple of teach­ers and par­ent helpers as­sem­bled at Frey­berg High School for an ea­gerly an­tic­i­pated sports trip.

The Frey­berg rugby team has en­tered this week’s 25th an­niver­sary Gold Coast Rugby Tour­na­ment in Queens­land.

Or­gan­iser Belinda Bi­dois says the trip orig­i­nated as an in­cen­tive to keep tal­ented young play­ers at school and at­tend­ing classes.

‘‘Most of them have never been out of the North Is­land or flown in an aero­plane, so it’s in­cred­i­bly ex­cit­ing for them,’’ Belinda says.

It took two years to raise the $75,000 for the trip.

Away for a week, the team plays six games against Aus­tralian and New Zealand teams over three tour­na­ment days, spend­ing the rest of the time sight­see­ing, be­fore re­turn­ing on Sun­day.

PHOTO: WAR­WICK SMITH/ FAIR­FAX NZ

A de­part­ing haka from mem­bers of the Frey­berg High School rugby team tak­ing part in the Gold Coast Rugby Tour­na­ment on in Aus­tralia this week.

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