Longford boys in pick of the crop

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Three Longford Intermediate pupils were named in the tournament team after a recent South Island-wide rugby tournament.

Mitchell Morton (13), Cody Waihape (13) and Colby Gilder (13) were all selected to repre-sent Eastern earlier this year.

“It went Eastern and we just went up from there,” Mitchell said.

“We played for Southland at a tournament last holidays in Dunedin for three days. We played two games a day, both of 22 minutes each way because we weren’t allowed to play any more than 90 minutes a day,” he said.

Mitchell and Cody were both named in the under-65 tournament team, while Colby was named in the under-43kg tournament team.

Mitchell and Cody said their under 65kg Southland team won the tournament.

“The hardest teams were definitely Otago and Canterbury Country,” Cody said.

The trio said players were on the field up to Southland representative level but once they were named in the South Island tournament team, they simply bathed in the glory of being selected in it.

“I am pretty stoked,” Cody said.

Cody was captain of the Southland team and said he found it a little tough being in charge, but still enjoyed himself.

“All three of us play for Albion Excelsior. I’ve been playing since I was, basically, 4,” Mitchell said.

Cody and Colby both followed suit, getting involved around the age of 11.

“But next year we will be at Gore High School, so we would be playing for the under-13s,” Colby said.

The boys said they were sure Gore High School would have a fantastic First XV rugby team in a few years, when they finally got to play for it.