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Specsavers is giving local rugby teams a chance to learn from the very best Could your rugby team benefit from a skills session with a pro who knows the game inside out? 

Specsavers is looking to reward one deserving rugby team with a money-can’t-buy training experience and access to one of New Zealand’s most knowledgeable people on the sport of rugby - an Investec Super Rugby Referee. 

 The Specsavers Ultimate Rugby Training Experience is open to all rugby clubs and schools nationwide. The prize allows one team complete access to the extensive knowledge and experience only an Investec Super Rugby Referee can provide, as well as $1,000 for the team, a comprehensive eye health check for all players and glasses for those who require them. 

 "We’re really excited to be a part of this initiative for a fourth year running," says New Zealand Rugby High Performance Referee Manager, Bryce Lawrence. 

 "The Ultimate Rugby Training Experience is a great way to share the expertise of New Zealand’s top referees with rugby fans and it’s not just about the players, we also get to pass on the knowledge to local coaches and referees which allows us to reach the wider community as well," adds Lawrence.

Forming part of the referees’ rigorous training programme and as part of Specsavers’ sponsorship of Investec Super Rugby, the referees have their eyes checked every two years to ensure they never miss a thing on the field. 

 "Our referees are highly trained, and we rely on them to make the right calls, which is why their eyesight needs to be precise and sharp," says Lawrence. 

 Specsavers’ mission is to look after the eye health of all New Zealanders, which is why the winners of the Ultimate Rugby Training Experience are also entitled to receive a comprehensive eye health check and prescription glasses if needed. 

 Brendan Thompson, Specsavers New Zealand Country Director says, "As the Official Eyecare Provider of the Investec Super Rugby Match Officials, we’re committed to making eye health a priority and want to extend this to local rugby teams as well. 

 "We’re proud to be giving yet another deserving local rugby team the chance to develop their skills and knowledge in a sport they love, while ensuring they have optimal eye health in order to stay in peak condition. 

 "Rugby players will surely benefit from this skills session with an Investec Super Rugby Referee. It’s such a unique opportunity, so we hope all local Kiwi teams enter to take advantage of this professional training," Thompson adds.

 Last year, the Te Aute College E grade team took away the prize and were coached by Investec Super Rugby Referee, Ben O’Keeffe. This invaluable experience helped the hard-working team of boarders and day boys strive to live up to the strong legacy of Te Aute rugby that has produced players such as Piri Weepu, Norm Hewitt and Kane Hames.

Heath Ingle, the father of one of the players who entered the team into the competition said, "Being a small boarding school with such a rich history on the outskirts of Hastings, the team struggles to compete with the larger well-resourced schools in the region. 

 "Winning the 2018 prize was an invaluable benefit to these young men." 

 The winning team will receive: - An exclusive training session with an Investec Super Rugby Referee - $1,000 cash prize for the team - A comprehensive eye health check at Specsavers with a pair of prescription glasses for each team member who requires them 

 For the chance to win the Ultimate Rugby Training Experience thanks to Specsavers, simply visit explaining why your rugby team could benefit from this skill session in 25 words or less. Entries close 16 June.

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