On the eve of the first test between the All Blacks and the Lions, a group of college students shared breakfast at Eden Park with former players as well as attending a pre-match ‘captain’s run’.
Twenty-five students, including two from Whangaparaoa College and one from Kingsway School, took part in the ASB Young Leaders Rugby Experience on Friday, June 23.
Whangaparaoa School principal James Thomas says the school nominated prefects and keen sports players Amber Ferreira and Matt Ripley because of their positive leadership qualities.
Amber said it was an awesome experience which included watching the captain’s run (a training session run by the team captain). This session is usually closed to the public because it is when the team practises planned plays for the game.
The students also went behind the scenes including walking through the tunnel that players run through to get onto the field at Eden Park.
Kevin Mealamu, Justin Marshall and students from the Auckland Young Leader rugby experience.
From left, Silas Bartley (Kingsway School), Matt Ripley (Whangaparaoa College), Merania Paraone (Kaipara College), Doddie Weir (1997 Lions player) and Amber Ferreira (Whangaparaoa College).
Whangaparaoa College prefect Amber Ferreira with All Black Beauden Barrett.
Kevin Mealamu with Whangaparaoa College student Amber Ferreira.