Children from Lepperton School are representing the region at The Rippa Rugby Championship 2012 in Wellington.
Starting on Monday and finishing yesterday, 10 year 5 and 6 pupils from the school were competing for the top spot as national champions.
Rippa rugby is a non-contact form of rugby for primary school children where instead of tackling, players rip velcro-fastened tags off each other's waists. The team finished 15th out of 20.
We caught up with school sports co-ordinator David Bilderbeck before the team took off last week.
"They're really excited," he said. "Some of them have never flown in a plane before."
All flights, transfers and accommodation are paid for by the New Zealand Rugby Union. Children were also treated to a night out at the movies, supplied with gear to play in and a goodie bag.
It has not been an easy road for the team, made up of five girls and five boys who practise three times a week. Theprevious year's team from the 150-pupil school also represented Taranaki at the nationals.
Members of the team are: Cooper Foreman, Braedan Quilter-Phipps, Reuben Morrice, Jarod McClutchie, Zac Drinkwater, Josie Potroz, Mackenzie Stewart, Sarah Gally, Leiana Rona and Sarah Mulder.
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