Published on 14th June 2011
Members of the Bulls rugby team in East New Britain are playing in North Otago uniforms this season, thanks to returned volunteer Bill Kingan and the North Otago Rugby Union.
Bill coached the Bulls while he was on assignment as a Farm Business Adviser at the PNG University of Natural Resources (formerly Vudal University). He was impressed by the team’s enthusiasm and commitment, but he was less impressed by their uniforms – a borrowed set from another club. “They were really faded and worn,” says Bill.
When Bill returned to Oamaru in October last year he approached North Otago Rugby Union chief executive Colin Jackson to see if they had any spare rugby jerseys. As it turned out, they had a complete set of North Otago representative uniforms available, including jerseys, socks and shorts.
The smart new red and yellow uniforms – along with some training manuals and DVDs – were officially handed over to the team at a ceremony at the university in March.
“However they play this season, it will make them feel good,” says Bill.