Wollongbar-Alstonville under-15 rugby union players (from left) Nic Pennisi, Harry Brown and Cody Randell are planning ahead for their tour to New Zealand next year.
Wollongbar-Alstonville under-15 rugby union players (from left) Nic Pennisi, Harry Brown and Cody Randell are planning ahead for their tour to New Zealand next year. David Neilsen

Helping hand for junior rugby

LISMORE’S J H Williams store is building new ties with the Wollongbar-Alstonville Rugby Union Club.

The building and hardware company has rallied to be a major sponsor to help send the club’s under-15 and under-16 sides on a busy eight-day tour of New Zealand’s South Island next year.

It is the fourth time the club has undertaken the bi-annual self-funded tour to help their junior players gain valuable experience.

There will be three games and special coaching sessions arranged during the trip to Christchurch.

More than 40 kids will play in the games against two club sides and a school side.

To help cover the cost of the tour J H Williams has donated almost $2500 worth of electrical and hardware prizes to be run as a ‘Mega Trade Christmas raffle’.

“We don’t get the chance to help at this level very often but it’s a great opportunity for kids to learn in a rugby crazy nation such as New Zealand,” Lismore J H Williams store manager, Wayne Randell, said.

“Every dollar raised in the raffle will have special significance for those kids.”



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