A trio of Rotorua touch players were an integral part of the New Zealand 40 Men's team who won gold in their age group at the Touch World Cup in Kuala Lumpur recently. Steven Wall, Shamos Hunter and Ben Page helped fight off a late comeback by their trans-Tasman rivals Australia in the final to finish unbeaten and in first place. It is a tournament in which Australia has been the dominant force for decades and Rotorua Daily Post sports reporter David Beck caught up with the three local players to see how they did it.

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