Thursday, 16 July 2020


Mercury Bay junior rugby players’ training session with the Chiefs

Mercury Bay junior rugby players’ training session with the Chiefs

Keen young rugby players, aged 11 to 13, from the Mercury Bay Junior Rugby Club tackled a “super-charged” training session with the Chiefs earlier todayin Hamilton.

Chiefs players, Josh Hohneck, Pauliasi Manu, Mahonri Schwalger, Matt Symons, Charlie Ngatai and Mike Fitzgerald ran a rugby practice for the club, thanks to a PlaceMakers in-store competition.

The juniors practiced their punts and passes, and learnt tips about the game from the Chiefs first hand, at the Chiefs headquarters in Ruakura.

One of the coaches for the day, Chiefs player Charlie Ngatai, was impressed by the youngsters’ commitment at the training.

“It’s great to have some fun and spend some time with the young kids working on their skills. It’s a cool initiative by PlaceMakers and I’m not quite sure who enjoyed themselves more, us or the kids!”

The Super Rugby Skills Training day was made possible through PlaceMakers’ official Community Partnership with the Chiefs.   

Brand Engagement Manager, Maria Reinbergen, said PlaceMakers is proud to support New Zealand rugby at both a professional and grassroots level.

“No matter what the age, rugby builds excitement and camaraderie like no other sport. It’s great to see the young players learn from New Zealand’s top rugby players and everyone involved in the training session enjoying it.”


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