Rugby juniors get down to business in Armidale

THE New England Mutual Rugby camp is in full swing at the University of New England.

Over 200 players have been honing their skills for the last day and a half after moving in on Sunday afternoon.

“They’re working pretty hard,” camp coordinator Paul Schmude said.

After working on their passing and hand eye coordination on the first day, yesterday they shifted onto some defensive skills. 

“They did a lot of tackling and a lot of ruck and maul stuff,” Schmude said.

The older kids also did a bit of agility pole work on Sunday.

It has been a pretty hot start to the camp.

“We’re making sure they’re stretching a lot because it’s so hot,” Schmude said.

And hydrating properly.

The first two days of the camp have been for the 11-16- year-olds.

Another 70 8-10-year-olds will move in today. That will take numbers to around 300.

“It’s the second biggest camp we’ve had,” Schmude said.

They’ve come from all over, including Perth, Darwin and Adelaide.

“It’s always been the national rugby camp but it really is taking on a national flavour,” he said.

New NSW Waratahs assistant coach Nathan Grey will arrive this afternoon.

He’ll be the guest speaker at the sponsors’ dinner tonight and stay on for the final day games tomorrow.

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