Some Christchurch schoolboys who worked hard to help repair
their school's broken goalposts have been rewarded with a training
session with some of their Canterbury rugby heroes.
The boys were among a group of 20 treated to the session by CRFU
and one of its sponsors, Christchurch International Airport
The boys were selected by their schools, Fendalton Primary
School and Burnside Primary School and put through their paces by
Canterbury coach Tabai Matson, with players Andrew Olorenshaw, Ash
Parker, Nasi Manu, Robbie Fruean and Tyler Bleyendaal. At the end
of the session, the boys had time for photos and autographs, as
well as some goodie bags from MORE FM.
Fendalton Primary School principal Paul Sibson says he offered
the session to boys who had shown leadership at the school.
"We saw the session as a great way to thank the boys for their hard
work in replacing our rugby posts, which were broken in a storm
earlier in the year. The boys put in several hours of their own
time to source new posts, so all the schools' rugby teams could
carry on playing."
Christchurch Airport Chief Operating Officer Andy Lester says
the company was delighted to get behind local and international
rugby this season. Through its "Back Of Jersey" sponsorship with
CRFU, Christchurch Airport's name was displayed on the back of the
Number 9 jersey through the ITM Cup.
"This is a great way for the airport to give back to the
community and support the team during a difficult year," says Mr
Lester. "It was a bonus to be able to invite the boys to meet their
Canterbury rugby heroes and impress Tabai with their skills. Who
knows, we may just have helped one of those boys into a Canterbury
team of the future."