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Kildare > Special Olympics 2003 > Host Towns > Naas > Naas Rugby Club Base Camp

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Host Town: Naas Host to the New Zealand Team

Newsletter Spring 2003

Naas Rugby Club Base Camp

Naas Rugby Club will be the base camp for the New Zealand team during their stay in Naas. Club Chairperson Jonn Mullan reports that "55 club members have signed up for the Host Town Volunteer Programme, and that every effort will be made to make the team feel at home at Forenaughts". John continues ''as a community based club we are pleased to be actively involved in the Special Olympics World Games and will promote the aims of the games to our young section, which comprises of over 300 members.

The main sporting link between Ireland and New Zealand has been rugby and we hosted the New Zealand under-21 touring team at Forenaughts a few years ago. In addition we have had excellent coaches at the club from New Zealand - Snowy Ford, Kevin West and Milan Yelavitch have contributed significantly to bringing us from a junior club to a senior club, playing in the All-Ireland League. Our under- 10s recently had a coaching session with New Zealand superstar All Black, Jonah Lomu, they have been in serious training to fine tune their Haka - Jonah said 'their performance was "awesome"' so we will be able to give the New Zealanders a good Forenaughts version when they arrive."

The Irish Rugby Football Union has contributed €50,000 to the National Special Olympics World Games organisers; the Leinster Branch has also raised funds for the games.

Forenaughts has been the training camp for the Irish National Rugby Team this season and their training sessions in Naas have attracted a great geal of interest especially as past Naas player Geordan Murphy has established himself on the team with outstanding performances on the international stage.
The first port of call for the New Zealand team in Naas will be Naas Rugby Club. Among the other facilities the club will be providing are a Medical Centre, Internet Connection and Computer Games. These facilities will allow the athletes to contact home, if they wish, or if they need some relaxation time.


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