It’s game on at Waitemata Rugby Club as Liston College’s first XV rugby side play the school’s Lisitone Old Boys on Friday to help raise funds for rugby at the school.
The campaign is spear-headed by former Liston College student and the first XV’s co-coach James Fuiava.
‘‘In the past few years rugby at Liston College hasn’t been getting the funding it needs to help grow the game.
‘‘Being an Old Boy I really want to help out in that respect. It’s been almost 20 years since Liston’s won the 1B first XV tournament,’’ Fuiava says.
The Lisitone Old Boys have a squad of around 35 players and are paying $50 each with most of the proceeds going towards the rugby department.
Captain of the Old Boy Roger Fuaaletoelau says: ‘‘You go to schools like Kelston Boys and the rugby culture there is incredible. We’re a long way behind here at Liston but I believe creating that atmosphere is achievable.’’
Liston College has a proud rugby tradition producing such All Blacks as Craig Dowd, Mark Carter and Kevin Senio.
Fuiava believes a lot of young talent is getting scooped up by strong rugby schools through scholarships.
Captain Saumani Tiai says it’s been an average season after they lost the plate final of the Auckland secondary schools 1B competition.
‘‘The team’s had a month off since the season ended and our coach, Daniel Morath, told us the men don’t like losing to boys so it will be a tough game against the Old Boys,’’ Tiai says.
The match kicks off at 6.30pm on Friday at Waitemata Rugby Club and donation boxes will be at the ground.
Contact James on 021 034 1816 for more information.
- Western Leader
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