Ngā kaupapa: Japan, Rugby

Raukaura First XV prepare to take on worlds best.

  • Waikato/Te Waiariki

Kei te kōtata mai ngā whakaritenga whakamutunga a te kapa whutupōro o Raukura i a rātou e anga atu ana ki te whakataetae whutupōro o Sanix, ka tū ki Hāpāni a tērā wiki. Koia nei te ipu whutupōro o te ao mā ngā kura tuarua. Inā rā, ko Raukura te kura tuarua anahe ki te kapo karapīpiti i tēnei taitara whai mana nui.

Ko te whakakoi i te haka taparahi a te kura. Hei kawea atu ki te ao.

Hei tā Bruce Buckton, Kaiwhakahaere, Raukura, “To represent NZ you first have to win the national championship, and thats no feat in its self, so our ultimate goal is to do well for NZ.”

Tērā ia ngā tohutohu whakamutunga ki te kapa whutupōro matua o Raukura i te rā nei. Mō āpōpō rā anō timatahia ai te taki i te huarahi roa o te whakataetae whutupōro Sanix, inā rā hoki te ipu whutupōro kura tuarua o te ao.

Ko tā  Ngarimu Simpkins, Upoko Whutupōro a Raukura, “We head away 7:30am tomorrow morning, yeah and we pretty much go to Hong Kong for three days and then straight to the tournament.”

Nā ehara i te mea he tauhou te kapa ki tēnei o ngā whatārangi nui o te ao whutupōro.

Hei tā Simpkins, “Oh well they've been there twice and won it so yeah it's a proud history and something we hope to live up to.” tā Simpkins.

I raro i ngā kāpenehanga a Liam Messam, i toa karapīpiti i a rātou te taitara. Ko rātou anahe te kura i te ao katoa kia pēnātia.

Hei tā Buckton, “In 2003 we had a team that went to Sanix and won that and that team went on to become our most successful team in the schools history, proudly displayed in our school hall of fame as the world championship winning team.”

Inā rā hoki, ko te kapa ō mōhoa noa nei ka whai hua i ngā whakaakoranga o ngā Raukura ō mua.

“We're a little bit further ahead of the field at this time of the year and thats shown in our preseason results against some normally good schools. Our challenge is to make sure we can maintain that at the back end of the year,” tā Buckton.

Me te aha, ko te kounga i kitea i te whiringa toa ā motu i tērā tau e haria atu ana hei werohanga i ngā tini kura whutupōro o te ao.

Hei tā Simpkins, “We've got around 10 players that played in the Top 4 Final so thats a good group of boys for us and its also really good to bring some younger blood through and hold our school in good stead for years to come.

Ka wehe atu te tira haere o Raukura i Tāmaki Makaurau āpōpō.