Brumbies visit

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Mayrung Public School held a Brumbies rugby union clinic for their students last Thursday.

The clinic was ran by Brumbies development officer Zac Elliot, with the students learning the skills required to play rugby.

Elliot said the students had a great time, with activities similar to those used by the Canberra based Brumbies Super Rugby team.

‘‘Next year being a Rugby World Cup year always brings excitement for the ever growing sport of rugby union and its rugby sevens counterpart,” he said.

Local rugby team the Deniliquin Drovers are looking at improving grassroots rugby in the town next year as it is a game for people of all body types and backgrounds.

The Drovers have been implementing a junior development pathway for the club in recent years.

The club is hopeful the exposure to rugby will be reflected in junior development in town following the visit.

Drovers forward Ben Howitt, who is the student learning support officer at Mayrung Public School, said the sport of rugby has been hugely beneficial for him since playing as a teenager.

‘‘I began my junior development at the club when I was 15 and am now considered a 10 year veteran forward at the club,’’ he said.

‘‘I was never really the fit for AFL as a kid and rugby provided me with the opportunity to play at a great level resulting in a premiership last year.

‘‘The club has become such a large part of my family, so I’d recommend it to anyone.

‘‘I’d like to thank Jemima Treble for organising the Brumbies rugby clinic.”

For more information on getting involved with the Deni Drovers, contact Paul Marshall on 0429815360.