Sport and Rugby Institute cups runneth over

Andrew Berry stands with the rugby trophies on display at the Sport and Rugby Institute.

The current dominance of New Zealand in world rugby was on display at Massey University’s Sport and Rugby Institute this week.

While the institute, at the Manawatū campus, was hosting the New Zealand Rugby Development Officer Conference it was also temporary home to the Webb Ellis Cup the All Blacks defended in London last year, the trans-Tasman Bledisloe Cup the All Blacks have held since 2003, the Super Rugby trophy currently held by the Highlanders, the Ranfurly Shield (Waikato) and all the trophies from the National Provincial Championship and the Heartland Championship.

More than 60 rugby development officers from around the country were at the three-day conference, including former All Black Scott Waldrom and former New Zealand Māori Jacob Ellison.

Conference organiser Jared Tuoro says having so many important trophies together in one place is a rare occurrence and an acknowledge the work development officers do for rugby in New Zealand.

“These guys are our workforce out in the provinces – they’re the ones in touch with coaches and players. You could say the work these guys do will help get that [Webb Ellis Cup].”

Sport and Rugby Institute operations coordinator Andrew Berry says it was amazing to have them at the institute for the duration of the conference. “We’re very privileged not only to have the trophies, but also to be able to host the conference as well as training camps and other rugby events throughout the year.”

The conference included seminars on how to create an effective learning environment, teaching teenagers, and update from New Zealand Rugby as well as practical sessions to master “the art of coaching”.

All the cups on display.

The Webb Ellis Cup.


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