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Back l-r: Oscar Carter, Waratahs Development Officer Tarah-Lee Kirby, Rupert Carter, Hugh Seiler, Nicholas Bates, Wallaby – Warwick Waugh, Maddison Bates, Olivia Turnbull, and Waratahs Development Officer Tegan Miller. Front l-r: Rikki Lee Salt, Harmony Kelly, Ned Taylor, and Latayah Towney. Photo TWH

Rugby Union

There’s a new wave of enthusiasm for rugby union across the Far West following a hugely popular school holiday program run by NSW Rugby and Rugby Australia.

The tour visited Walgett, Brewarrina, and Bourke before heading to Trangie, Narromine and across the Central West.

Two rugby union legends, internationals Warwick Waugh and Wallaroo Shirley Russell, joined the coaching and drill team and took the kids through their paces, and it seems the west has a bounty of untapped talent.

Development and Programs Manager for Western NSW, Luke Mack, said the entire team was impressed with the work ethic and the natural ability of the youngsters who took part and hoped the holiday camps would lead to more young athletes getting involved in the sport.

Zach Elliot Programs Manager Rugby NSW ans ShirleyRussel Classic Wallaroos. Photo TWH

“We were so impressed with their skills and enthusiasm, and they all enjoyed the games and the fun of the camps,” Luke said.

“It was just really impressive to see so much talent and we’re looking forward to running more camps during the next school holidays to build on that,” he said.

The holiday program was run in collaboration with Regional NSW as part of the highly anticipated R.M. Williams Gold Blooded Tour, a nationwide initiative bringing the excitement of rugby to both metropolitan and rural areas of Australia. […]

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