A clash of the colts will take place when the newly formed Wairoa Sub-union team takes on the Marist tour team at Lambton Square at 2pm on Tuesday, August 28.
The New Zealand Marist Colts are touring the Gisborne and Hawkes Bay regions as a composite team of the best young players from affiliated Marist clubs, one of which is Wairoa Celtic.
While no Wairoa players feature in this year’s team, past representatives have included the likes of Zion Ripia, Ritchie Harris, Shannon Harris and Wayne Hema.
Before the game, those not playing in the main match will call in to St Joseph’s Primary School at 11am to share some tips with the children and staff.
The match itself is expected to draw quite a crowd, not least due to the fact it is the debut season for the new Wairoa colts team.
Manager Toby Taylor said the chance to play some top level rugby was an experience not to be missed for our up and coming players.
“It’s not often we get this calibre of rugby here in town, so we’re aiming to make the most of it and give our guys a good run. It’s also an opportunity for spectators to see what we hope will be some dynamic play,” he said.
The Wairoa team is still being finalised, but will be coached by Wayne Hema and assistants.
Entry to the game will be by gold coin donation, and a BBQ/sausage sizzle will be available.
Once the game is over, the Wairoa sub-union players will host their Marist counterparts for dinner at the Athletic clubrooms.