Five Far North boys to compete at prestigious rugby festival in South Africa

Five boys from the Far North are on their way to South Africa to compete at one of the most prestigious school rugby festivals in the world. 

The Awanui boys are Northland reps and in the Blues junior development team but their school didn't make the cut for the World Rugby School Festival in Cape Town. 

Parent, Kristie Hilton Jones took matters into her own hands, emailing the organisers to see if she could get the boys involved.  

"These boys are are trying to make it from up here without moving away so you just have to create opportunities if they're not there," Ms Jones told 1 NEWS.

The organisers listened and sent a representative to check them out. 

Now, the boys will be part of a Barbarian side that will play two games against South African teams as well as receiving world class coaching from former Spring Bok coaches.

"Were gonna make sure that we get ourselves, get our names out there and get big. That's the goal," one of the lucky boys making the trip Oli Hilton Jones says. 

One determined mum made it happen after their school didn't make the cut. Source: 1 NEWS