Ever seen a World Cup winning All Black tackle a TEN foot rugby ball?

It isn't everyday a child can say that they've met one of the world's biggest rugby union legends.
But today, the kids at the Laureus-supported Soweto Schools Rugby Programme can boast even more than that. Earlier today, they met both All Blacks legend Sean Fitzpatrick AND the worlds BIGGEST rugby ball too!
Laureus Academy Member Sean Fitzpatrick along with South African sports commentator and Laureus Ambassador John Robbie were in Soweto to meet the young rugby enthusiasts and see the work being done at the project.
One of the more unusual parts of Sean's visit, however, involved the enormous rugby ball.
And the ball has a story all of its own.
The ball's journey to Soweto  started half-way round the world in Hong Kong. It was there that it was first brought into the Laureus family at another project visit on the occasion of the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens.
And who was in attendence that day? None other than kids from the Soweto rugby programme and Sean himself.
Needless to say, the reunion was an emotional one.
As well as having some fun with the ball, the young rugby players took a lesson from Sean to learn that most famous of dances: the All Blacks' 'Haka'.
Also celebrating on the day was Bongiwe Nhleko, who was celebrating her 21st birthday at the project visit.
'Bongi' is a real success story for the programme in Soweto.
Her father died when she was just five, making the pursuit of her goal of becoming a professional rugby coach extremely difficult. However, she joined the Soweto project in 2009 and has already progressed to the position of project manager.
And, just in the past few weeks, Bongi has received the fantastic news that she has been chosen to go on a coach exchange that will take her all the way to Millfield School in Somerset, England to help further develop her skills.
Bongi will be taking this opportunity up in October this year.
Young people such as Bongi at the Soweto project just go to show how constructive sport can be across the world in transforming people's lives for the better.

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