Team goes pink for good cause
The Massey Premier rugby side has two important goals when they take the field in the North Harbour competition tomorrow.
To beat Takapuna and raise money for the Breast Cancer Foundation in the process.
The players are donning pink uniforms for the match at Moire Park and their kit is up for auction after the game.
The cause is especially significant for Massey centre Dennis Pili-Gaitau whose mum has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
"It was pretty shocking when we heard the news. My brother Pierre and I are definitely playing for her tomorrow," he says.
All the players' shirts, shorts and socks – washed, of course – are starting at a reserve of $150 for each set.
Rugby development manager Mike Legge says almost all the uniforms have met the reserve.
"A lot of people in West Auckland are unaware of the prominence of breast cancer. Using rugby is a great way to get the message out there."
The club is hoping to raise $5000 for the foundation and a few players are getting sponsorship to shave their heads after the game to raise further funds.
Junior games start at noon tomorrow and the premiers kick off at 2.45pm.
Massey sit eighth on the table and must win all five of their remaining games for a playoff spot in the competition.
Head to masseyrfc.co.nz for more information on the auction.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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