'Australia' winners of Rippa Rugby World Cup in Wellington

Australia has taken out the Rippa Rugby World Cup title, beating USA 35-20 in an exciting final of the two day national tournament in Wellington.

Roscommon School from Counties Manukau represented Australia. They also won last year's tournament. However, it was Tasman's Richmond School representing USA who scored the first try.

Australia upped their game and slowly began to open up the scoring, eventually taking out the match by seven tries to four.

Hard work and preparation was key to the team's win, as captain Romatt Wichman claims.

“We train in the holidays, lunch times and after school. Our aim was to come here and have fun and to try to bring the cup back to school.

“The best bit was holding up the cup and showing it to the crowd," he said.

General Manager Provincial Union and Community Rugby Brent Anderson said the tournament was a wonderful success and praised everyone involved for helping create a positive, fun event.

“The Rippa Rugby World Cup is a special event. It brings kids from all over New Zealand together to be competitive, have fun and be part of a team. This year the opportunity to represent a country from the Rugby World Cup is a way of bringing Kiwi kids closer to the tournament on the other side of the world."

Te Kāea reporter Te Aorere Pewhairangi followed progress of the tournament yesterday.