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French leave for Drighlington Primary School
Drighlington Primary School, who were representing France, took part in a Rugby League World Cup-themed Tag Rugby Festival organised by Leeds Rugby Foundation at Headingley.
Almost 200 children from 13 Leeds primary schools performed a cultural and historic presentation on their allocated country before competing in the festival.
The schools were specifically selected for their continued engagement in rugby league and have been recommended by the Leeds and Hunslet Schools' Committee for their attitude and drive to deliver sport - in particular rugby league - within their school, as well as their involvement with the Leeds Rugby Foundation Ambassador Scheme.
The morning session saw some fantastic presentations performed, but the eventual winners were Hunslet St Joseph’s Primary School, who were representing current World Cup champions New Zealand.
The afternoon commenced with some equally fantastic tag rugby skills on show on the Headingley Carnegie turf, which will soon see World Cup champions New Zealand play Papua New Guinea (PNG) on November 8.
After a hard-fought, yet enjoyable festival, St Augustine’s Primary School, representing Tonga, were crowned the winners!
Leeds Rugby Foundation Primary Schools' development officer Tony Aubrey said: “It was an absolutely wonderful event.
“The highlight of the day for me had to be seeing all those children enjoying themselves representing their country of the 2013 RLWC,” he continued.
“Also it is brilliant to know that all those children will have the chance to come and watch world champions New Zealand take on PNG, as well as taking part in a pitch parade at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on November 8.”
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