Four Dunedin rugby players rubbed shoulders with the best of the international game at a leadership breakfast on Monday.
John McGlashan College pupils Henry Bell and Reon Lowery (17) and Otago Boys’ High School pupils James Arscott and Tevita Asi (both 17) were nominated by their school to take part in the ASB Young Leaders Rugby Experience.
The experience was given to 50 male and female high school pupils in New Zealand to celebrate the DHL New Zealand Lions Series.
The boys sat at a table with former All Black Justin Marshall and former England rugby player Will Greenwood.
Reon said Greenwood stressed the importance of education and having something to do once a professional rugby career was over, and he and Marshall shared stories from their playing days.
Henry and Reon also attended the Highlanders’ captain’s run on Monday afternoon.
The pair were nominated for the experience by John McGlashan College deputy principal John Veitch.
Mr Veitch said the pair, who are captain and vice-captain of the school’s First XV and school prefects, were role models for younger pupils.
“They do a lot of work for the school behind the scenes.”