Three school teams win All Blacks coaching clinic
Three college rugby teams will be the envy of their classmates after winning a coaching clinic with a group of All Blacks as part of a New Zealand Rugby promotion aimed at rewarding those schools and clubs who have helped grow our national game - and an All Black was on hand to deliver the good news this week.
As part of a player recruitment drive, all schools and clubs who were successful in recruiting an extra team for the season were able to enter the "One More Team" promotion and win the chance to be coached by a group of All Blacks, with dozens of entries were received.
Hurricanes and All Blacks outside back Nehe Milner-Skudder was on hand today to Skype call the winning teams from Wellington's St Mary's College, who entered a girls' team in the Wellington First XV competition for the first time in many years; Taieri College in Mosgiel, who this year added an Under 15 team alongside their four other school teams; and Auckland's Tamaki College, who added an Under 14 team.
Brent Anderson, New Zealand Rugby's General Manager - Community & Provincial Rugby, said: "It's fantastic that we have been able to reward those organisations who are contributing to the growth of rugby in New Zealand with a special visit from the All Blacks. Growing player numbers is a key strategic focus for New Zealand Rugby and it's neat that these schools were able to recruit one more team. I'm sure they will learn a lot from the All Blacks."
The All Blacks squad for the Steinlager Series Tests against Wales will be named on Sunday. The coaching sessions with the All Blacks players will take place on Monday 6 June (Tamaki College), Friday 17 June (St Mary's College) and Monday 20 June (Taieri College). Two more All Blacks coaching clinics will take place in Christchurch and Hamilton during the Investec Rugby Championship, with the winners announced closer to the time.