Laureus Academy Members and legends of the world of rugby, Sean Fitzpatrick, Morné du Plessis and Hugo Porta have inspired the next generation of rugby talent at an event in London.
The former rugby stars took time to meet and inspire youngsters from both the Laureus-supported Active Communities Network and rugby-focused social inclusion charity School of Hard Knocks. The young boys and girls learnt about the legends’ achievements before receiving hints and tips on various aspects of rugby from Sean, Morné and Hugo.
Former All Black captain Sean Fitzpatrick, who is currently Deputy Chairman of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, offered his insights on the technical aspects of the lineout and scrum to the youngsters, as well as giving the boys and girls a some tips on scrummaging and tackling.
Morné du Plessis, who captained the Springboks during his playing career but most famously was Team Manager for the Springbok side which claimed an historic victory at the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Having just been inducted to the World Rugby Hall of Fame the previous day, Morné inspired the youngsters on the power rugby has to change the world.
Hugo Porta, one of the best fly-halves in the world in his prime, played a central role in the rise of South American rugby during his time leading Argentina. The young aspiring boys and girls were given some hints and tips into the kicking side of the sport from one of the best in the business.
After meeting the youngsters at the event at Alleynian Rugby Club in South London, Sean Fitzpatrick commented: “This is what it’s all about. While the biggest event in world rugby is taking place in this wonderful city, it’s great to meet and speak with these youngsters who are being inspired by the power of rugby today. As Laureus Academy Members, it’s brilliant to give back and bring the Laureus message to life when meeting the youngsters.”
Morné du Plessis, said: “Having been involved in the 1995 Rugby World Cup win which brought the power of sport to life and inspired the work Laureus is doing today, it’s great to see the enthusiasm and excitement these young boys and girls have. Being here today really highlights the power rugby has to bring people together.”
Argentinian rugby legend Hugo Porta, said: “As Laureus Academy Members we are confident in the power of sport as a tool for social change. Hopefully after this session, these youngsters will hopefully continue in rugby and take the key values and lessons of sport into their lives.”