'Get our names right' - Rugby players encourage fans to pronounce their names correctly

Publish Date
Tuesday, 14 May 2019, 12:19PM

New Zealand Rugby has bought back the Say My Name round in Super Rugby this week, with all five Kiwi clubs stepping up to celebrate rugby’s diverse community by focussing on what makes people truly unique and reflects their identity - their name.

 This years video stars players including Hurricanes Player Isaia Walker-Leawere, Chiefs Prop Angus Ta'avao and Chiefs Halfback Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi.

It comes after NZ Rugby ran the Say My Name round back in 2018, which included the likes of Chiefs Assistant Coach Tabai Matson and Chiefs Player Pita Gus Sowakula.

As well as encouraging fans to pronounce people's names correctly - or at least give it go - the players are taking it one step further this year by sharing some of the different stories behind their names.

NZR Chief Rugby Officer Nigel Cass said the round was about celebrating the many diverse and unique cultures that make up the rugby community.

“Rugby is made up of people from all sorts of different backgrounds and cultures and we want everyone to know it is truly a Game for All.

“Our players have jumped on board again this year to teach fans how to, and how not to, say their names. It’s not about getting it right first time, or every time, what’s important is giving it a go and having a bit of fun too."