Lions tour inspires rugby match between New Zealand and Welsh special needs rugby teams

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A meeting of the New Zealand and Welsh special needs rugby teams has been inspired by the Lions tour.

The met 10 years ago and on Sunday they went head-to-head again in Hamilton.
Source: 1 NEWS

They first met 10 years ago, and yesterday went head-to-head again in Hamilton.

The teams are made up of players with various levels of mental disabilities, from Downs syndrome and autism, to cerebral palsy.

However, that has little baring on their physical ability on the field.

The game was part of a tour of New Zealand and Samoa by the Welsh, timed to follow the Lions.

Welsh coach Jonathan Smith said to play in New Zealand was an honour.

As for the score of the game, they called it a draw.

New Zealand captain Andrew Johnston said it'll be a win for the Kiwis if the match is to happen again next year.

"Yeah, it was tough, but we had a good game," he said.

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