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Young Players Receive Spirit of Rugby Awards
The awards recognise contribution to the game over and above playing ability and are given for qualities like leadership, sportsmanship, loyalty, teamwork and determination.
In addition to the individual awards, (listed below) there were two Overall Spirit of Rugby Winners: Bianca Di Somma from Avonside Girls and Arthur Ualesi-Naoupu from Riccarton High School. This is what their coaches had to say about them:
“Bianca Di Somma is an outstanding leader, player and, above all, advocate for Girls and Women’s Rugby. We see this in her work ethic at trainings and games and the care and time she puts into helping new players. Rain, hail or shine, she will always give her best. And, whether it’s assisting the coaches, manager or our rugby administrator, she is forever offering her help. Bianca is fantastic with new and inexperienced players. She takes the time to ensure they understand drills, so that everybody feels comfortable at trainings and games. This is all reflected in her strong leadership, but what makes Bianca different to the rest is her passion for the game and her willingness to put in the hard yards in order to gain more knowledge and build the profile of women’s rugby.”
“Arthur Ualesi-Naoupu has been a vital member of the 2009 Riccarton High School 1st XV. He is a quiet achiever who possesses the, seemingly effortless, ability to organise and inspire. This year is the first time Riccarton High School has won the Midweek competition, and this achievement is in no small way due to Arthur’s influence on the field through his captaincy. He leads by example, keeping control of his players and delivering instructions where needed with authority and enthusiasm.
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