All Blacks Signed Rugby Ball in silent Auction

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When the recent world rugby cup burst into life two months ago there were many excited pupils at St. Michael's Preparatory School. None more so however than young Anaru Keelan in Year 3 who is a tribal cousin to Nehe Milner-Skudder, the now celebrated All Black wing. The Maori tribe (or iwi) is called Ngati Porou of which Anaru and his dad are justifiably very proud members.

While on route to a world cup fixture Anaru noticed the All Black players in the Cardiff Airport lounge and set about gathering signatures on the rugby ball he had with him at the time. This ball, which now proudly bears most signatures of the world cup winning squad, has been generously put up for silent auction at the upcoming St. Michael's Christmas Fair. All proceeds from the annual fair at the school go to charity and those being supported this year are, Jersey Hospice, The Inclusion Project (Mencap) & The Grace Crocker Family Support Foundation.

The Headmaster said: 'It is tremendous to have this link which has led to a ball signed by arguably the greatest team to have played the game in the greatest world cup ever. More importantly however I am struck by the generosity of the Keelan family in support of the fundraising efforts of the parents and staff at St. Michael's Preparatory School.