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Diplomatic rugby played in torrid weather

Tuesday June 16, 2015 Written by Published in Rugby Union
New Zealand Parliamentary team captain and National Party MP Alfred Ngaro and Diplomats captain Cook Islands High Commissioner Tiki Matapo have the golden oldies rules read to them by the referee before the start of the friendly footy match. New Zealand Parliamentary team captain and National Party MP Alfred Ngaro and Diplomats captain Cook Islands High Commissioner Tiki Matapo have the golden oldies rules read to them by the referee before the start of the friendly footy match.

Politicians and diplomats swapped their suits and ties for rugby jerseys and boots on Friday for a friendly round of footy.

 

In torrid weather, National Party Member of Parliament of Cook Islands descent Alfred Ngaro and his New Zealand Parliamentary Rugby Team overcame Cook Islands High Commissioner Tiki Matapo's Diplomats 38-10 in an action-packed and bruising encounter.

The game, held at the Hutt Old Boys Marist Rugby Club’s artificial turf had its moments.

It was a vocal match as the two teams jostled on the three quarter sized pitch over four quarters to some novel golden oldies ‘rules’, but the game was played in good spirit, despite the rain and sleet.

Wearing the red shorts for the diplomats, Papa Tiki, Papa Charles and Sole So'oialo, a legend over 80 years old, showed some standout play, epitomising the golden oldies spirit.

The Diplomats were a blend of staff and spouses from the UK, Samoa, Canada, Cook Islands, EU, Israel and US embassies.

In thanking the NZPRT for the game, Canadian Deputy Christian DesRoches hinted at a second game.   

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