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Dream training stint for duo

Two 15-year-old students - Muhammad Nurhidayat and Miguel Erwin Besoro William - have been chosen to attend a dream training stint in New Zealand after attending last month's "Heroes in the Making" programme organised by the Singapore Rugby Union and Rugby Singapore.

Under the programme, outstanding local youth players undergo intensive training programmes under rugby legends and world-renowned coaches with the long-term view of developing them into future Singapore national players.

Two weeks ago, former Rugby World Cup Sevens winning captain Karl Te Nana of New Zealand spent two days in Singapore with the latest cohort of promising young players, taking them through gruelling drills and tactical set-pieces.

Nurhidayat and Miguel will be heading to New Zealand next June where they will be based in Wellington, home of Super Rugby side Hurriance, which has produced 30 All Blacks including the legendary Jonah Lomu.

Besides experiencing world- class coaching at the Wellington academy, the Singaporean boys will also participate in competitive matches against top New Zealand youth sides and witness the All Blacks training behind closed doors.