All Blacks gift special bench

1 Aug

Te Awamutu Sports rugby stalwart and All Blacks coach Ian Foster presented a special bench seat to his former club on Saturday — thanking the Waikato region for backing the team. Each of the 26 provincial unions received a bench, with Te Awamutu Sports housing it on behalf of Waikato.

The benches signify the impact the public support has on the All Blacks, just like the bench has an impact on the team when they take the field during a match. On behalf of the All Blacks, Foster unveiled the gift, which states on it, “Me eke mai, our bench is your bench.

Thanks for all your support”. New Zealand representatives Samipeni Finau, Luke Jacobson, Josh Lord and Cam Roigard also attended after competing in the Chiefs Country Centurions Cup. Made in Wellington from sustainably-sourced macrocarpa, the idea is that they will provide a longlasting physical place for people to connect, care and support each other. “It’s a powerful place,” states the All Blacks website. “The eight who have the backs of the 15 on the field. It’s the bench that gets us on the field, and the bench

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