Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Reality Bites For Rugby Hopefuls On Maori TV

Reality Bites For Rugby Hopefuls On Maori Television

It’s make or break for three young rugby hopefuls at New Zealand’s toughest sports academy in Maori Television’s new reality show SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS (premieres Thursday June 29 at 8.00 PM)

Maori Television gave Moeahu Flavell (19), Jody Maihi Allen (18) and Michael Stack (22) three-week scholarships to All Black great Murray Mexted’s International Rugby Academy in Palmerston North – and the cameras were there to capture it all.

For the boys, it’s a chance that could see them on their way to becoming All Blacks. Or it could shatter their dreams of a sporting career forever.

Moeahu (Ngati Rangiwehiwehi, Taranaki Whanau), son of MP Te Ururoa, has to measure up to talented relatives that include All Blacks Troy Flavell and Hika Reid. But he’s also juggling rugby with law studies at Victoria University, leading to some difficult choices. What’s it to be for the talented hooker – rugby or law?

For Jody (Nga Puhi, Ngati Porou, Rongowhakaata), in his last year at Gisborne Boys High School, it’s an exciting but nerve-wracking adventure as he leaves behind his family on the East Coast.

At the age of 22, this scholarship is probably the last chance for Michael (Te Whanau Apanui, Tuwharetoa) to make a career of the sport he loves. The pressure is on from the get-go for the young wing from Rotorua as he takes on younger guys.

The show follows the boys on their life-changing trip – from the spills of training in heavy rain to the thrills of getting first-hand advice from rugby heroes like Tana Umaga, Jeff Wilson, Richard Loe and All Blacks coach Graham Henry.

Join Moeahu, Jody and Michael in the ruck of their lives when Maori Television’s SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS premieres on Thursday June 29 at 8.00 PM.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Nō Tāu Manawa

Vaughan Rapatahana responds to Fale Aitu | Spirit House by Tusiata Avi.

9 Golds - 21 Medals: NZ Team Celebrates As Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Close

The entire New Zealand Paralympic Team, led by kiwi sprinter and double gold medallist Liam Malone as flag bearer, are on the bus to the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. There, they will celebrate the fantastic successes of the past 10 days. More>>


New Zealand Improv Festival: The Festival Of Moments To Return To The Capital

The eighth incarnation of the New Zealand Improv Festival comes to BATS Theatre this 4-8 October , with a stellar line-up of spontaneous theatre and instant comedy performed and directed by top improvisors from around New Zealand and the world. More>>


CDF Tim Keating: NZ Somme Centenary

"Our generals also knew what to expect, and they built that knowledge into their planning. Each of the four set-piece attacks was fought with a single brigade, with the expectation that the brigade would be used up. A fresh brigade would then be brought up to conduct the next set-piece..." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news