Grey halls set to shake with haka by visitors

Neale Emslie

NEW Zealand’s famed haka, their rugby war dance, is set to make its presence felt in the halls of Grey Junior today when the East Coast Bays Club junior rugby team visit the school for morning assembly.

And the visit is sure to bring back nostalgic memories for East Coast Bays coach Brad Seaman, who is paying a visit to his home town and attended Grey in his junior school days.

Seaman has organised the tour to South Africa for junior members of the Auckland club, and the team will take on a Grey Junior side this afternoon at 4pm.

East Coast played their first match against Ithembelihle on Saturday, winning 31-22, and will play four more games on the Garden Route and in the Western Cape.

Seaman said the tour party, which included parents and numbered 63, were having a terrific time.

“For them, it’s their first trip to South Africa and they’re having a wonderful time,” Seaman said.

“We spent time at the Addo Elephant Park and the hospitality has been great.”

Seaman said the team was a mixture of players in the 11-13 age group and not necessarily the club’s best junior team.

“We decided about two years ago to organise this trip and it was about those who put their hands up and did the fundraising,” he said. “Still, these guys are all very keen on the game, but we are not quite sure what Grey are going to throw at us.”

Seaman said their players came from about six or seven schools, explaining that in New Zealand the players turned out for clubs from age five to 13.

“When they get to high school, they play for the school, and then return to the clubs once their schooling is over,” he said.

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