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Rugby League Roadshow generates interest among juniors

A promotion for rugby league in Gisborne has done the trick, with about 80 youngsters registering their interest in playing the sport.

Gisborne Tairawhiti Rugby League district co-ordinator Ally Tamihere said the organisation planned to run a mini-competition for children during the second or third school term this year.

Rugby league had the attention of children and their whanau on Thursday when the Sky Sport Rugby League Roadshow came to town.

Former New Zealand Warriors player Ali Lauiti'iti and several players from the women's Warriors team were at Gisborne Soundshell on Waitangi Day and youngsters had the chance to pick up skills, take part in activities and take home posters.

“There was a good crowd there, especially in the heat,” Tamihere said.

The roadshow linked up with the Waitangi Whanau Day Out event, which featured performers such as Scribe, Louis Baker and Bella Kalolo.

Te Runanga o Turanganui a Kiwa and East Coast Music organised the Waitangi Whanau Day Out.

MAKING AN IMPACT: Naomi Hohepa-O'Keefe takes on New Zealand Warriors female rugby league players Krystal Rota (right) and Georgia Hale during a national rugby league roadshow stop in Gisborne on Waitangi Day. Pictures by Rebecca Grunwell
HAVING A GO: Te Atarau Totoro, left, tests his passing skills at the Waitangi Whanau Day Out last Thursday.
MEETING A STAR: Sean Molloy meets former New Zealand Warriors player Ali Lauiti'iti at Gisborne Soundshell on Waitangi Day.