Tamil Nadu Rugby Football Union (TNRFU) and Rugby India, who are jointly organising the Societe Generale fourth junior National rugby sevens championship, had a special guest on Sunday in New Zealand cricketer Scott Styris.

The Black Caps all-rounder was at the Race Course stadium to witness close to 500 players from 21 States taking part in the event. With New Zealand being the rugby World champion, and also called the All Blacks team, Styris was more than happy to be a part of the event. A mock drill was also conducted with Styris having fun playing the game.

Talking to the media Styris said, “rugby is a contact sport which demands tremendous strength and stamina. At a very young age children take to the sport in New Zealand.

“Rugby to New Zealand is like what cricket is to India. The Black Caps, which is what the New Zealand cricket team is called, get a lot of inspiration from their rugby counterparts.”

Styris, who is busy with his commentary stint at the TNPL, felt that tournaments like these can really help the sport in India. The players have a lot of passion for the sport and he wished that an Indian rugby team can take part at the Olympics in the near future.

V.V.R. Raj Satyen, president TNRFU, was happy with response to the event which was held for the second time in Tamil Nadu and a first in Madurai.

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