SINGAPORE, 6 November 2018 – New Zealand All Blacks players and 150 children from five rugby clubs in Singapore took to the field today, at the Tanglin Rugby Club Pitch.
As Major Global Sponsor of the All Blacks since 2012, AIG has supported the growth and development of rugby around the world and in Singapore. Organised by AIG Asia Pacific Insurance Pte. Ltd. (AIG Singapore), the grassroots rugby training gives the children the chance to learn more about the key skills – including teamwork, persistence and fitness – that the All Blacks believe are critical to making a future champion.
Chief Executive Officer of AIG Singapore and Head of Country Operations Southeast Asia, Ms. Claudia Salem, said,
“It’s our communities that make us successful and we’re so grateful for this fantastic opportunity to bring some of the world’s best rugby players to share their talents with the Singapore rugby community. AIG is thrilled to host the training session and support one of the fastest growing sports in Singapore. We hope to be able to bring more special events like this one to the local sporting community.”
As part of the training session, children from five local rugby clubs – Tanglin Rugby Club (TRC), Centaurs Rugby, Singapore Cricket Club Rugby Academy, Dragons Rugby Club and Titans – were put through their paces on the field, with All Blacks players Angus Ta’avao, Tim Perry and Liam Coltman.
Lee Harle, President of TRC, said,
“This was a great experience for the students to meet the All Blacks players and hone their skills. New Zealand is one of the world’s most successful rugby nations and many youngsters in Singapore are passionate about the game. To have our members interact with professional athletes is an excellent way for them to develop themselves both on and off the field.”
AIG is dedicated to growing rugby around the world through its partnership with New Zealand Rugby. AIG is an official sponsor of the All Blacks, the All Blacks Sevens, the Maori All Blacks, the Black Ferns, the New Zealand Black Ferns Sevens and New Zealand Under 20 teams.