NSW represented at 2018 RUPA Induction 4/12/2017 By NSW Waratahs Media unit The next generation of Super Rugby and Australian Rugby Sevens players prepared for life as a professional with a three-day Induction Camp in Sydney last week. Facilitated by the Rugby Union Players’ Association (RUPA), the Camp covered important aspects of an athlete’s life, including financial advice, tips on how to interact with the media, the importance of having a balance between your life on the pitch and off it, and the responsibilities of being professional athlete. Representing the NSW Waratahs at the camp were 2018 signings Will Miller, Maclean Jones, Nick Palmer, Lalakai Foketi and Mack Mason. RUPA Player Development Manager for the NSW Waratahs, Lachlan McBain, said the Camp was important for these players. “The Induction Camp is effectively these young players’ first touch point with RUPA and marks the first-time players can truly say they are professional,” he said. “It is about reinforcing to the players that they will be presented with some unique opportunities as professional athletes, and we are trying to encourage them to make the most of them to enhance their careers as a player and beyond.” “Rugby Australia High Performance Manager Ben Whitaker presented on what it means to be a professional Rugby player, whilst current Waratah Jake Gordon and former Waratahs Jim Stewart, Tom Kingston, Cameron Crawford and Stephen Hoiles spent time at various stages throughout the camp and shared their experiences and advice.” “We also covered topics such as Rugby Australia’s integrity and medical policies, cultural diversity and inclusion and financial management. The camp wrapped up with teachings on mental applications within the game as well as how players can fulfil any off-field aspirations.” The NSW Waratahs kick off the 2018 Super Rugby campaign against the Stormers at Allianz Stadium on 24 February. Get the e-Calendar for 2018 fixtures!