Students see the Bledisloe Cup up close

STUDENTS at the Assumption School yesterday enjoyed a once in a lifetime opportunity to get a close up look at the famous Bledisloe Cup.

The cup is currently on the road in the lead up to the Wallabies final Test on home soil against the All Blacks at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium next month.

The iconic silver cup was donated in 1931 by the Governor General of New Zealand Lord Bledisloe.

It was first won by Australia in 1934.

The majority of students at the school dressed in the green and gold for the visit.

School principal Peter Nugent admitted he was passionate about rugby and would be accompanying 25 students from the school to the big game on September 11.

He was thrilled his students had the opportunity to learn about the cup and take part in ball skills workshops yesterday.

“We are very fortunate because we are only one of three schools in Bathurst who got the opportunity to see the Bledisloe Cup,” he said.

The school also received a ball signed by the Wallabies which will be displayed at the school for all to see.

Steve Frost, retention manager with the Bledisloe Cup Roadshow said the cup had been created at a time when there were no mobile phones, no microwaves and no Sponge Bob Square Pants, leading to cries of amazement from the children.

He also asked them questions and entertained them with stories about Star Wars, comparing the Wallabies to Luke Skywalker and the All Blacks to Darth Vader who, as it happens, also wears black.

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