Imports boost Menzies College first XV lineup
Menzies College will have an international flavour to their team this season for the Highlanders first XV school rugby competition which kicks off on Saturday.
Jack Fellowes-Prynne, from England, and Tongan Kava Likiafu will line up for Menzies College in their first game against St Kevin's College on Saturday.
The game kicks off at Menzies in Wyndham at 1pm and will be one of seven Highlanders first XV competition games played on Saturday.
Fellowes-Prynne was in a Bishop's Stortford College team that played Menzies College in Wyndham two years ago. Bishop's Stortford is a town 43km from the centre of London.
The lock decided to return to Menzies College a month ago and will stay for six months. He hoped to make the Southland under-18 squad.
Likiafu is a back who arrived five weeks ago after receiving a rugby scholarship in his homeland of Tonga.
He was in the Tongan sevens team which finished third at the Youth Olympics in Sydney last year.
As well as his rugby abilities the teenager has also impressed in athletics in Tonga.
With a time of 11.39sec the Menzies College recruit finished third in the 100m final at the Tonga National School Athletics Championships at Teufaiva Stadium in Nuku'alofa in April last year.
Likiafu's rugby goals include being selected for a Southland representative team. Off the field he hopes to gain the required qualifications at school to go on to study at a New Zealand university next year.
Fellowes-Prynne and Likiafu are 18 and being hosted on farms in Wyndham.
Menzies College coach Chris Allison said the international duo were a welcome addition to help bolster their team this season.
With only 300 pupils at Menzies College, which includes year 7 & 8, Allison said they were well down on the playing numbers that other schools have.
"That's probably why we've got a couple of international students just to lift us a wee bit and give us a couple of more quality players. I tell you what, if people sat down and realised the numbers we are dealing with we do pretty good," he said.
- The Southland Times