Efforts to jump-start rugby trip funding

Taieri College First XV players (from left) Harvey Amente (15), of Henley, and Matt Taylor (15)...
Taieri College First XV players (from left) Harvey Amente (15), of Henley, and Matt Taylor (15) and Jimmy Gray (16), both of Mosgiel, want people to give old vehicle batteries on Sunday to help raise funds for a rugby trip to Spain and Portugal in 2020. PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE

Taieri College rugby players are collecting old batteries on Sunday in a bid to lace up their boots on the Iberian Peninsula.

College physical education teacher Jared Peacock said he and Taieri College principal David Hunter would take 25 college pupils to play rugby in Spain and Portugal in April 2020.

The players were a mix of ages and playing ability, he said.

The trip would cost each pupil about $5800.

College pupil and rugby winner Ollie Mackenzie (14) said he was looking forward to playing rugby in Europe for the first time.

People should give vehicle batteries, such as car and tractor batteries, to "help out the boys''.

"Every dollar helps.''

Batteries will be collected in the former Countdown car park in Hartstonge Ave, Mosgiel, and at 2 Railway Lane, Outram, from 10am to 3pm on Sunday.

SHAWN.MCAVINUE @thestar.co.nz

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