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Army Training Camp For First Fifteen

New Zealand Defence Force
Te Ope Kaatua O Aotearoa

Wednesday 27 August

Army Training Camp For First Fifteen

Twenty-four Papatoetoe High School rugby players are going to see if they’ve “got what it takes” when they train with the New Zealand Army next week.

The school won a training camp at Linton Military Camp for their 1st XV, coach and manager as part of an Army recruiting competition.

The camp will cover the areas needed to become a successful individual as well as rugby player.

The programme includes:

- Two training sessions with the NZ Army rugby team.

- The Linton Camp Army confidence course.

-A briefing on sports nutrition.

- Leadership training - to develop leadership skills at school, within themselves and in their community.

- Fitness training and tips by an Army Physical Training Instructor (PTI), focused on providing the foundation for further progress as a rugby player.

- A briefing on careers as a soldier or officer in the NZ Army.

Anika Tiplady, the Army’s own Black Fern, will be hosting Papatoetoe High during the camp.

“As Papatoetoe High’s 1st XV have demonstrated throughout their season, competing in sport requires commitment, a high level of physical fitness, leadership and teamwork – all values that play an important part in the NZ Army,” Anika says.

“In the New Zealand Army, sports and socialising are all part of the job. You even get paid for it!”

Manager of the Papatoetoe High School team, Gerard MacManus says:

“The boys are excited to have the opportunity to train with the NZ Army Rugby team. A lot of them have never left Auckland so it will be an excellent experience that they will probably never get again. The team this year came mid-table of the Auckland 1B Championship round. They have several very talented players who have a bright future in the sport including the team's captain who is in the Auckland U18 rep team.”

What: Papatoetoe 1st XV Army training camp
Who: Papatoetoe High 1st XV (24 students, Coach and Manager), NZ Army Rugby Team, Sports Nutritionist, Nutritionist, Army PTI’s and Army recruiting.

When: Mon 1 – Wed 3 September 2008
Where: Linton Camp
Media Opportunity: Tuesday 2 September 0930 – 1200


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