The Feilding High School girls sevens team were to compete in front of a packed house at the Wellington Sevens today.
The school side, which has recently won the New Zealand Secondary School Condor sevens title, will compete against a RugbyGirl Foundation Invitational team. Feilding had four players selected in the New Zealand schools team and three at the National Sevens in Queenstown as a part of the Manawatu women's national championship-winning side.
The Rob Jones-coached Feilding side has an outstanding record, winning all 51 of its fixtures for the season, with star first-five Hayley Hutana accumulating 725 points last year.
The RugbyGirl Foundation invitational side includes secondary school stars from around the country, such as Mangatoki's Gayle Broughton, and will be coached by Manawatu's national championship coach Stu Ross.
The exhibition match has been supported by the RugbyGirl Foundation and its founder Dave Phillipson. He said the foundation aimed to help girls' rugby grow, and a good place to start was in schools.
One of the foundation's major successes was in funding all 16 girls teams in the Condor Sevens.
"It doesn't matter where they are, if it's girls' rugby, we will help them," said Phillipson.
- © Fairfax NZ News