SINGAPORE, April 13, 2016 – New Zealand All Blacks Sevens players and 30 rugby players from the Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) took to the field today, ahead of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series Singapore which kicks off on Saturday.
Organised by New Zealand Rugby sponsors AIG and Air New Zealand, the skills and drills session is part of both companies’ efforts to support the growth of rugby in Singapore and educate local players about how to stay safe on the field.
AIG Singapore’s Chief Executive, Mr Matt Harris, said, “It’s a fantastic opportunity for us to bring some of the world’s best rugby players to share their talents with budding sportsmen here in Singapore.
“The Rugby Sevens is returning to Singapore after a 10-year absence to expected large crowds, and it’s exciting to be involved in the rising popularity of rugby here through our partnership with the All Blacks teams.
“AIG is thrilled to support one of the fastest growing sports in Singapore with the training session, where a key priority for AIG is making the sport safer for the next generation of Singapore’s rugby players,” added Mr Harris.
Air New Zealand’s Manager of Sponsorship and Communities, Meghan Blair, said, “As an airline that is ‘Crazy About Rugby’, we are extremely proud to support the All Blacks Sevens and are delighted to be able to connect fans with the team in Singapore and around the world. This is the first training event we have held in Singapore and we hope to be able to bring more special events and initiatives like this one to the local fans and sporting community here.”
As part of the training session, students from Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) were put through their paces on the field, and had the opportunity to get their questions answered by All Blacks Sevens players Kurt Baker, Gillies Kaka, Antonio Kiri Kiri, Josh Van Lieshout, Isaac Te Aute, and Sione Molia.
Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) Principal, Mr Winston Hodge, said that it was a great experience for the students to meet the All Blacks Sevens and hone their skills with the players.
“New Zealand is one of the world’s most successful rugby nations and many ACSians are passionate about the game. To have our students interact with professional athletes is an excellent way for them to develop themselves both on and off the field,” said Mr Hodge.
AIG and Air New Zealand are dedicated to growing rugby around the world through their partnerships with New Zealand Rugby. AIG is an official sponsor of the All Blacks, Māori All Blacks, All Blacks Sevens, the New Zealand Women’s Sevens team, the New Zealand Black Ferns and the New Zealand Under 20 team. Air New Zealand has been a long time sponsor of rugby in New Zealand for more than two decades, and is the Official Airline of the All Blacks and the All Blacks Sevens.
As an advocate of safer communities, AIG launched the AIG Rugby Safety Awards last year, which encouraged players and fans at all levels to share rugby safety tips via social media showing how they prepare for a safe rugby game.
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