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By NSW Waratahs Media unit
Several NSW Waratahs were out and about on Tuesday afternoon lending a helping hand to coaches and students of Asquith Boys High School and Kellyville’s William Clark College.
Backrower Michael Wells and winger/fullback Andrew Kellaway attended a training session of the Asquith Boys U14’s, who are about to embark on a tour of Queensland later this month.
Asquith Boys High School teacher and the school’s rugby program master Mark Miles says the U14’s are “pumped up” for their upcoming trip to the Gold Coast’s Runaway Bay.
“The boys are still talking about the Waratahs visit which is really great,” he said. “They are telling all of their mates about how awesome it was to meet some of their idols.”
The tour will focus on the students’ professional development within the game when they will be exposed to proper recovery techniques and different coaching methods.
“We will be playing two teams, Helensvale High School and local side Bonds Pirates,” said Miles. “Our aim is to boost participation across all the grades for rugby within the school program with the aim to have a 16’s and 14’s tour next year.
“Outside of that we are trying to grow the game in the local area, with a number of players who aren’t already playing for Hornsby or Wahroonga coming over from other codes to give it a try.”
After just a short trip through the Galston Gorge and onwards to Kellyville, recently-capped NSW Waratah Ryan McCauley and hooker Hugh Roach were delivering a similar kind of message to the boys and girls of William Clark College.
Rugby Programs Officer Pat Sanford, said the afternoon was nothing short of positive for the students and teachers involved.
“The younger kids were shown more of the basics around safety and technique, while the older girls were taken through set piece drills and moves,” said Sanford.
“Schools foster a tonne of young talent and it’s important that we maintain a strong presence within the community to ensure the pathways are as strong as ever.”
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