COWLEY'S successful young rugby squad are about to embark on a ground-breaking tour to New Zealand.

The 26-man squad leaves for Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland on July 13.

Cowley have had one of the most successful seasons for 10 years, winning the Lancashire Cup and the Northern State Schools Cup. They have also just been voted the Lancashire School team of the year.

The boys, who have raised more than £18,000 to help pay for the tour.