The Anderson family who are involved with Nelson Bays Touch, from left, Ben, Wayne, Henry, Megan and Simon. All three boys will represent Nelson in the South Island Interprovincial Touch tournament, held in Christchurch this month. Photo: Monique Bergman.

Touch a family sport for Andersons


The Anderson family says it is easy keeping in touch, all you have to do is play touch.

All three sons have been chosen to represent Nelson Bays at the Junior South Island Interprovincial Touch Series which will be held in Christchurch later this month.

Henry, 13, is in the under 15 boys team and both Simon, 15, and Ben, 16, are in the under 17 boys team.

The boys’ father Wayne, a former New Zealand touch player, is coach of the Nelson under 17 side and mum, Megan, a former Canterbury representative player, will be assisting the team as manager.

Eldest son Ben, is following in his father’s footsteps and has recently been selected to represent New Zealand in the men’s under 21 touch team. At only 16, he will play three games against Australia in Sydney, January 2015.

Touch has always been a part of family life for the Andersons, with the boys having watched their parents play before taking the field themselves.

“We’ve learnt heaps off dad, and mum has always been there to support us and is our taxi. It is good having dad as a coach because we can always talk about the game over dinner and go out in the backyard and run a few plays,” says Ben.

The family will be on the road together again when Ben and Simon play for the Nelson College senior touch rugby team, under the guidance of coach Wayne, in the Secondary Schools Touch Nationals held in Auckland this month.