That time the Tongans came to town

mini-meets-tongaRWC 2015 fever is running at an all time high across the UK, but nowhere more so than in the host city of Exeter.

Last week, during the lead up to their game against Namibia, the Tongans took some time to hang out with Mini, soak up some Westcountry hospitality and to do a little training with 100 or so children from Exeter’s primary schools, at the same time.

As part of Exeter’s RWC 2015 Legacy, 3000 children in the city, aged between 4 & 7, were issued with a bespoke copy of My First Rugby Ball. They were also given a three stage coaching programme delivered by level 2 coach Andy Bayliss.

What they were not however expecting, was a Tongan & Exeter Chiefs lead coaching session at Flowerpots Rugby Pitch, organised by Active Devon. With the Tongans enjoying their time in the city so much, the partners surrounding the legacy pulled together and invited over 100 children from schools in Exeter to take part in the skills session.

It was a huge success all round with the children getting the most amazing experience from these great guys.

Huge thanks to everyone involved; Active Devon, Exeter Chiefs, Devon RFU and of course the Tongan Team themselves; Ikale Tahi.

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