Ikale Tahi training227 August 2015: According to the Eagle Radio, ‘Ikale Tahi team has been throwing itself into the Cranleigh community.

Touching down in Surrey two weeks ago the 30 man squad is using the facilities at Cranleigh School to train.

It had got pitches, a pool and gym there, so it is the perfect spot for the lads to get ready for the upcoming Rugby World Cup.

The Rugby World Cup gets underway on the 18th of September with England taking on Fiji at Twickenham.

‘Ikale Tahi’s first game is next up on the 19th when Cranleigh’s new favourite side face Georgia at Kingsholm in Gloucester.

Pupils at the school are also being given the opportunity to scrum with the Tonga side, as training sessions are being organised involving the squad as well as players from  local schools and rugby sides.

Head Coach Mana Otai says they have been made to feel very welcome in the village, and have been attending church:

“We really enjoy the environment in the sense that we are isolated enough, but at the same time we can also get out of the gate and walk down to Cranleigh Village, it has been really great.

“The facility here is awesome, to have that many choices in rugby fields and things like that.

“We have been to a couple of church services here, so it has been really good. People sort of know that we are around here at Cranleigh School. We couldn’t ask for a better set up for us.”

Photo: Eagle Radio

 

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