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Student world cup still $2000 away for young league player

May 11th, 2013 | By | Category: Latest News, News, Sport

Bernard Gregorius a young rugby league player is hoping to make $5000 so he can represent New Zealand

A YOUNG rugby league player has six weeks to raise $2000 so he can represent New Zealand.

Bernard Gregorius, 22, had to find $5000 after being selected in the New Zealand Tertiary team for the Rugby League Festival of World Cups in England.

The Victoria University student has so far raised $3000, including $1500 from the university, donations on Pledgeme and help from his home town of Upper Hutt.

Gregorius says between work, study and training he has no time to set up any big fundraising projects so he has people helping to raise money for him.

“My Mum owns a childcare centre in Upper Hutt so she has basically got everyone there either giving money or searching for money from other people.”

Gregorius played rugby union for Upper Hutt College first 15 in 2008, his last year at school.

The next year he started playing rugby league for the University Hunters club based at Victoria.

After only three years of playing the sport, Gregorius was selected to trial for the national tertiary team.

The festival includes cups for tertiary, women and armed forces, which are a build-up to the Rugby League World Cup in November, featuring the defending champion Kiwis.

“I found out I had made the team in February,” says Gregorius, who plays on the wing.

Since then he has been raising funds through various sausage sizzles and has set up a PledgeMe page to raise funds after the team was asked to raise money individually.

Gregorius has tried to get sponsorship with but with little success.

“Because of the economic climate people in Wellington don’t want to give their money away,” he says.

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