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By NSW Waratahs Media unit
NSW halfback Nick Phipps will host the final round of the Waratahs Club Blitz this Wednesday night at the North Rocks Junior Rugby Club at Kingsdene Oval, Carlingford.
Over 135 players from Under 6’s through to the Under 13’s are registered to attend.
The Club Blitz is a program that reconnects NSW Waratah players to junior rugby clubs and encourages the young players to continue playing their game.
The program began in May with NSW Waratahs visiting 48 junior rugby clubs including Bays Juniors, Burraneer, Hunters Hill and St Ives in the first week.
Nick Phipps says the junior clubs and the senior players are both beneficiaries of this initiative.
“The players have an opportunity to re-connect with the types of clubs where they got their first experience of playing rugby,” said Phipps.
“It is exciting for the juniors to have their heroes come to their training session and the players feel welcome and rewarded by staying in touch with the juniors.”
The visit to Carlingford will be the final stop on the 48 Club Blitz but the juniors can expect more visits from the players again next year.
The NSWRU General Manager of Rugby Development Andrew Hill says it’s important to connect Waratahs players to their local clubs.
“It’s great to have someone like Nick going back to a junior rugby club and be a part of their community. We want to build a relationship and give kids an opportunity to meet and be coached by a Waratah and a Wallaby, it’s something they’ll remember for a long time,” says Hill.
“The Waratah Club Blitz is our opportunity to be a part of our local clubs and build a connection with a Waratah, not just as a one off visit, but hopefully over a few years.
“We want Nick to feel like a part of the North Rocks club and that the North Rocks kids feel like they know Nick.”
The clinic will run from 5:30pm to 7:30pm with Nick Phipps running training drills for the junior teams, participate in a Q & A session, a signing session and enjoy a BBQ with club members.
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