This time last year, under ‘Support the Rugby Boys, and they will support you’, we reported that the Cromwell College U15 Rugby Team was fund-raising, in preparation for the South Island Tournament in Oamaru.

Sadly, the tournament was postponed last year, in the wake of Covid.  The 2022 Tournament is scheduled for Nelson in August, so, although the team has banked fundraising from last year, they now need to top that up, for flights to Nelson.  They also aim to keep a float to help other young players as they come through.

The team is showing serious commitment to the event, training at 7am twice a week in the school gym.

They are receiving great practical support in this by Cromwell Rugby Club, and coaches and players from other teams are happy to turn out to the trainings.

Manager Karen Gallagher says, “The team really appreciates the backing of the Cromwell club who support us throughout the season.”

Karen is very keen on the team members fund-raising in the local community, because it builds team culture and a sense of gratitude amongst the players.  It strengthens the team culture of respect, hard work, and ‘doing your bit’ for the community – an ethos that their coaches instil in the team.

They are all so keen to give back to the community and show their commitment to the team, by showing up for fundraising work.”

The boys are seeking sponsorship, but part of the deal is that they give back to the sponsors by doing jobs that support them.

Orchard work, vineyard wires, firewood, clean-ups – if you have work to offer, they are keen to get stuck in.

Like any tournament and trip away, it comes at a cost to the players and whanau.  These young students are not afraid of hard work, so if you would like to support them, please contact Karen at

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