Schools get glimpse of Rugby League World Cup trophy

INSPIRED: Fendalton pupils were able to have a look at The Paul Barrière Trophy up close last week. PHOTO: Supplied.

The Rugby League World Cup kicks off next month and last week north-west students got a look at what the Kiwis will be gunning for – the Paul Barrière Trophy.

The competition will feature 14 men’s and six women’s international teams and be hosted in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

Fendalton Open-Air School, Breens Intermediate and St Albans School all had the trophy pass through their doors, giving them a chance to have a look at international league’s top prize.

Breens Intermediate principal Nikki Clarke said they were excited to welcome the trophy and hear from representatives from Canterbury Rugby League about the upcoming tournament.

“It was a great chance for the students to see the trophy and be inspired to chase their dreams in sport,” she said.

Fendalton’s teacher in charge of sport Karen Radovonich said the pupils were excited to see the treasured taonga.

“The visit has inspired the Fendalton children. They are looking forward to participating in their own Rugby League World Cup tournament in term 4, where students will adopt a country, form teams, play games and manage and referee the competition,” she said.

First held in 1954, the 2017 Rugby League World Cup will be the 15th time the historic tournament has been played.

The first of 28 games will begin on October 28, with the final to be played on December 2 at Brisbane Stadium.