Wednesday, August 16, 2017
The Bay of Plenty Rugby Union are currently hosting eleven Japanese High School students ranging from 15-18 years of age and one coach, selected from across Japan by the Japanese Rugby Football Union. The Bay of Plenty Rugby Union in association with JPB New Zealand Limited and Mount Maunganui Language Centre have established a comprehensive programme for the Japanese contingent selected from all areas of Japan to further foster and develop both their English language and rugby skills.
This afternoon the Japanese contingent will take the field in the first of a three game day series against Te Puke High School and Te Wharekura o Mauao at Blake Park on Tuesday 22 August. Their final games will be played at Tauranga Girls College where they will face Tauranga Girls College on Thursday 24 August.
The contingent coached and supported by Bay of Plenty Rugby Union’s Strength and Conditioning Coach Keith Roberts and Women’s Interim Development Officer Kendra Reynolds.
Bay of Plenty Rugby Union International Manager Wayne Brill commented, “With the increased growth in women’s rugby internationally this is a fantastic opportunity to join with the Mount Maunganui Language Centre to provide a programme that is beneficial on and off the field.”
“In addition to this we are able to deliver them a cultural experience unique to the Bay of Plenty, which allows us to provide them with a memorable experience,” said Brill.