New Zealand First XV Rugby Tour
The 1st XV rugby team departed for Wellington on Wednesday, 27 March. As part of the recent partnership that the King’s Rugby Club has formed with the Hurricanes Super Rugby Franchise, the team was involved in a world class development program supported by the Hurricanes. During the ten days on tour in Wellington, our team was involved in an intensive training program with Hurricanes coaching staff and players and played three very physical games against some of the top four school teams in the Wellington region. Ultimately, the tour had the foundational purpose of developing leaders and stronger character.
The touring team was given the incredible opportunity of attending the Hurricanes Captain's run at Westpac stadium before their game against the Crusaders. The King's team then had the privilege of forming the Guard of Honour for the Hurricanes during this match. Our boys were provided specialist coaching sessions involving All Blacks players and Hurricanes players to help fine tune their rugby skills. The team even had the privilege of sitting down and listening to the General Manager from the Hurricanes, Ben Castle, talk about what it takes to become a professional rugby player.
Throughout the tour, the boys continually developed teamwork, mateship, respect, honour and integrity through the activities provided. The first game played was against Saint Pat’s Town, a top four school in the Wellington region. The score at half time for this game was 6-7 to Saint Pats, a true testament to the courage that the King’s boys showed to keep the score so close. The score opened up towards the end of the 80 minute game but the King’s boys continued to dig deep and work with their teammates. The other two games against Te Aute College and Rongotai College were both set up to be very physical matches with the King's boys facing tough opposition. King's managed to win one of those games.
Apart from the rugby development and game time, the King's touring team enjoyed time in the city of Wellington braving the 12 degree water off the docks. The team enjoyed yoga sessions, ten pin bowling as well as attending Arise Church in Wellington. It was a fantastic experience for the team to be billeted by the Saint Pat's Town rugby family and we appreciated their hospitality.