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Tongan Rugby League World Cup players are Leigh CE School's heroes
4:40pm Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
RUGBY giants were mightily impressed by pupils at Leigh CE Junior School.
Pupils at the Henrietta Street school got in the Rugby League World Cup mood by welcoming international stars from the Tonga squad who are based at Leigh Sports Village during the tournament.
Next Tuesday Tonga take on The Cook Islands at the stadium and will have good luck charms to help them in their quest after Year Six children made Tongan head-dresses after weeks spent learning about Tongan culture.
“They were some seriously excited kids,” smiled Hull FC forward Mickey Paea.
“We really appreciate the time they’d taken to learn about our island and we hope many of them will support us in our World Cup journey.”
The children showed their work to the players, before asking them questions about how their preparations were going and who had inspired them to play rugby league. Afterwards, Paea, Peni Terepo (Paramatta Eels) and Siosaia Vave (Melbourne) signed autographs.
Leigh Community Trust’s Heather Parker praised the children: “Pupils are taking part in the community parade at Leigh Sports Village, so it’s a great thrill for them. It’s something I don’t think they’ll ever forget.”
Leigh CE Junior School’s Year 6 teacher and PE Co-ordinator Emma Ramsdale was delighted at the Tongan’s visit. “Seeing the players for real has enthused these children to learn even more about a different part of the world,” she said.
“To have the players here means so much to them and I know they’ll be looking out for their new heroes on November 5.”
Year Six pupil Finlay Toker‘s impromptu haka brought rapturous applause from the Tongans.
“They’re so big! I think they’ll do well. I think they’ll win every game!” said Finlay.
Classmate Lauren Edwards agreed and added: “They’re really nice people as well as great rugby players.”
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