Squad gives kids an early start to union

THEY definitely train them young in Dubbo with the Australian Rugby Union Development squad in town to show primary and high school students how it's done.

The year 5 and 6 students of Macquarie Anglican Grammar School (MAGS) were in for a treat when the development officers offered to give them a lesson in rugby union, a sport many of them hope to play when they grow up.

Led by Australian Rugby Union Inc. development manager Mark de Brincat, the team provided a "fantastic and positive" contribution to the students, who benefited from some professional coaching.

MAGS dean of senior students Simon Murphy said the event was a first for the school, which the students thoroughly enjoyed.

"I couldn't believe the number of students who approached Mark (de Brincat) who wanted to join the clubs around town," he said.

"The sessions were fun, enjoyable and all the students participated. It was great for them to experience a different sport."

Murphy, together with professional development, health and physical education (PDHPE) teacher Rebecca Jackson, are keen to seek other opportunities and different sporting codes, which was an important part of the school sport program.

"We're looking at professional organisations to run development sessions in the near future, and build on what we already have at the school," Murphy said.

The squad also visited the Dubbo College Delroy and South campuses, St Mary's Primary School, Dubbo Public School and Geurie Primary School.


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