Youngster Tom Robinson endeavours to escape the clutches of Mako loose forward Braden Stewart during one of the many activities on offer at Sunday’s first Tasman Rugby Union Player Development session for under-11 to under-14 players.
Thirty children and seven Mako past or present players attended the fast-paced Lansdowne Park session, the first of three designed to offer all age group players some intensive coaching and a chance to rub shoulders with the Tasman senior players.
The sessions have been introduced in the wake of the decision to end rep rugby from under-16 down and provide an opportunity for all players to get specialist help. The next two will take place on September 8 and 22.
At a similar gathering in Nelson, 120 children turned up at the Tahunanui venue, along with 10 Mako male players and six female.