Rugby role models

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PICTURE: JAMES ALLAN PHOTOGRAPHY

Keen young rugby players laced up their boots yesterday to get some top tips from New Zealand’s best.

About 25 young ‘uns took part in a Small Ferns to Black Ferns holiday programme at the Queenstown Events Centre.

On hand to teach them the ins and outs of the game were Black Fern Pip Love (left) and captain Fiao’o Fa’amausili, who practised some tackling drills with Stella Swaffield (standing), 12, and Annie Sinclair, 11.

A programme for teens followed in the afternoon.

Highlanders women’s rugby development head honcho Warren Kearney says the programme’s designed to “increase opportunities for females to play rugby” and teach them skills in a fun environment.

It’s also running just before the rugby season starts, to act as a registration drive for clubs, he says.

As an extra bonus, those at the holiday programme got the chance to check out the Women’s Rugby World Cup trophy.