Rugby

Fitzpatrick learns 'new' haka

2011-08-18 20:07
Sean Fitzpatrick (File)

Soweto - A group of 60 children taught legendary New Zealand skipper Sean Fitzpatrick a new Haka on Thursday, which he is likely to remember for quite some time.

The kids, who on a previous Laureus Sport for Good Foundation outing in Soweto had the chance to meet Argentine legend Hugo Porta, waited patiently for Fitzpatrick to arrive.

There was, however, a distinct difference between the two inspirational days, and perhaps that had to do with the fact that every child at the Pace Community College's fields had seen a Haka before.

Fitzpatrick loved their passionate rendition that was very similar to what fans at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium will expect on Saturday.

"That was pretty cool, wasn't it," said the World Cup winning All Black.

"They actually want me to teach them the New Zealand Haka, but I think I'd be too embarrassed because that was much better than what I can do."

Another highlight for the man, who will undoubtedly bank on his team to win their first World Cup since 1987 in October, was seeing a group of kids who had earlier this year travelled to the Hong Kong Sevens as part of a Laureus project specifically aimed at promoting rugby.

"To see those children here that I saw in Hong Kong in March, where they were part of our rugby project, was just tremendous," said Fitzpatrick.

Fitzpatrick's views, that sports icons have a responsibility to inspire, were echoed by another former international who just happened to turn up.

"When famous people like Sean Fitzpatrick come here it has a great effect on the kids," said former Irish scrumhalf John Robbie.

"Maybe some of these kids don't remember him playing, but their parents will tell them about him and so will their coaches.

"For some of these kids to have one of the greatest players in the world coming to Soweto to watch them train is wonderful, and who knows what benefit it will have."

For the Soweto Schools Rugby Project, which has already inspired almost a thousand children to play touch rugby, meeting the man who their daily role model - project director Dali Ndebele - considers the top number two of all time, was a unique experience.

"As the afternoon progressed and a lot of them interacted with John Robbie and Sean Fitzpatrick, there was a little bit of a swagger in their step, and their chests were out, and you could see that their confidence and self esteem were a little bit better," said Ndebele.

"To have a player who was the best in the world, and would be the hooker if a world 15 was selected, tell them that they too can be the best is really priceless."

Read more on:    sean fitzpatrick  |  soweto
NEXT ON SPORT24X

Lambie hoping to flex biceps

2014-07-23 18:00

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
2 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 
 
Featured Blog

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs
Vote

We're down to four teams left in contention for the 2014 Super Rugby title. Who will be crowned champions?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

TV schedule Plan your couch time with our searchable sport TV guide

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.