School is all for rugby

Normal, Sports

The National, Thursday 9th May 2013

 GORDON’S International School is keen to get involved in the Rugby4Schools programme initiated by the Pacific in Union (PIU) and the Papua New Guinea Rugby Football Union (PNGRFU).

Principal and staunch follower of the game, Raphael Sapea said rugby could build people physically and improve the mind-set of school aged children.

“I welcome the Rugby4Schools programme with open arms and look forward to the children getting involved in something that I’m sure they will enjoy as well,” Sapea said.

“Let’s make it happen, if we can produce Will Genia in Papua New Guinea to captain the Australian Wallabies, then there is no reason why more are still out there.” 

PIU development officer Douglas Guise said the programme would involve activities in the classroom where healthy living issues would be taught and fun activities on the playing field during physical education lessons.

Guise said the programme would run for five to six weeks and end with a rugby festival alongside other IEA schools that had come onboard as pilot schools.

Sports teacher George Moabi said they had learned something new and with soccer not under way yet, rugby had come in at an opportune time. Other IEA schools include Koro Boro, Port Moresby International School and TEMIS.