Reds seek next wave of rugby talent
GLADSTONE'S teenage rugby union players have never had a better chance of playing in the Super Rugby competition or for Australia, with a visit next week from Queensland Reds coach Richard Graham set to boost the level of play.
The Reds coach is coming to Gladstone on Thursday, November 6 for the ConocoPhillips Rugby Gala Evening.
The evening includes more than just formalities, with the high-class coach offering the chance for under-13, 15 and 17 teams to train with him.
And it is not only the Gladstone boys who are excited.
"I'm excited to have the opportunity to help out and coach some of the Gladstone Junior Rugby players as they are the next crop of young talent coming through our sport," Graham said.
Joining the coach for the training is Queensland Country prop Haydn Hirsimaki, who will be assisting by passing on some knowledge to the up and coming players.
"We have been planning for a couple of months now," local development officer Ken Dobson said.
"I think such a high-profile coach and player coming is pretty big.
"For our teenagers, having the exposure to that high level of coaching and talking with Haydn about his experience is a chance they wouldn't usually get."
The chance is thanks to supporters of Queensland Rugby ConocoPhillips, who have organised the tour for Graham and Hirsimaki, but most importantly for the Gladstone players.
"We have been able to expand and grow the game of rugby within the Gladstone region," Queensland Rugby general manager Rob Donaghue said.
The Gladstone teams will be coming off a big week, with the only home games of the junior season being played at Meteors Sport Park (where the evening also will be held) this Saturday at 4pm and 5.15pm.
Richard Graham's visit:
- Thursday, November 6
- Meteors Sport Park
- 5pm-U6 and U8 games
- 5.45pm-barbecue with the Reds coach, all welcome
- 6.30pm-U13, U15 and U17 training