Topic: Rugby

Hurricanes run coaching clinic for next generation in Gisborne

  • North Island: East Coast

While the Hurricanes enjoyed the Gisborne weather and surf yesterday, it was back to the training paddock today and also running a coaching clinic for the next generation of Hurricanes.

The Hurricanes last trip to Gisborne was in 2009 so this would be the first time for many of the kids in the area to meet their rugby idols.

For Cory Jane, who has four kids of his own, today's clinic is just like being at home.

“Pretty similar, these kids aren't listening and my kids never listen so it feels like home,” says Jane.

Fortunately the kids didn't need to use their ears in bullrush, just their footwork.

Jane says, “They don't really see you all the time so that's pretty cool. You get a bit of a turn out with the kids and on the street as well, they get a bit of a buzz and the boys enjoy it.”

Gisborne is a breeding ground for rugby players, many of which feeding in to the Hurricanes and up to the All Blacks, including the Gear brothers, Rico and Hosea.

Rico Gear says, “I've got a couple of boys in the mix and it's great that we've got the All Black boys involved with the camp as well, so I'm pretty sure the locals are pretty happy about that.”

“The East Coast has done a lot for the Hurricanes and bred a lot of players, so it's nice to be able to come up and give back,” says TJ Perenara.

After today surely many more Gisborne kids will be inspired to follow in their idols' footsteps to the Hurricanes.