Otago’s hard men take rugby class

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Queenstown school kids had a novelty gym class this week – Otago rugby players took over from their normal teachers.

Nine Otago rugby players put year seven Queenstown Primary classes through fitness and team building drills.

The kids didn’t get off lightly – if they got nabbed talking, they were made to hit the deck and do five push-ups.

Players from the team camp also popped in to Arrowtown School and St Joseph’s School.

Otago front-rower and ex-All Black Kees Meeuws says the school visit was a chance for the team to reconnect with the resort.

“We just love giving back to our supporters in the region and over recent years we have really neglected them. It’s our chance to say sorry for being slack. We do appreciate and need their support.”

Meeuws, 36, says there are plenty of new faces in the squad, which provides a chance for the team to return to its former glory days.

“We’re building a team for the future and in three years time we want to be in the top five and we hope the public come along for the ride.”