Rippa day for rugby

Arrowtown four team (back, from left) Patrick Sanford (10), Xavier Sadler (9), Hayden Roche (10),...
Arrowtown four team (back, from left) Patrick Sanford (10), Xavier Sadler (9), Hayden Roche (10), Tiarn Collins (10), Bradley McTaggart (10), Finn Duffy (10), Sam Harwood (10). (Front, from left) Lucy Hazlett (9), Jensen Forsyth (8), Sophie Aitken (10) and George Cameron (9). Photo by Joanne Carroll.
About 320 Wakatipu children took part in the Otago Rugby Football Union's rippa rugby tournament in Queenstown on Monday.

ORFU junior development officer Warren Kearney said 32 teams from years 3 to 8 from Queenstown Primary, Arrowtown School, Wakatipu High School and St Josephs School took part at the Queenstown Recreation Ground.

"It's a chance to give kids some physical exercise.

"They can have a run around and get to throw, catch, run and pass," he said.

Arrowtown School teams won each of the three age-group finals and will face the winning teams from tournaments in Wanaka, Alexandra and Cromwell, in Cromwell on March 29.

The regional final will act as the curtain-raiser for Otago's first NPC game at Carisbrook later this year.



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