Canada Rugby League Development Manager for British Columbia, Paul O'Keefe started negotiations when visiting Australia in January and is extremely happy to be able to give opportunities to two young players to be involved with a NRL Club like Parramatta who place a huge importance on developing young players to become the stars of the future. O'Keefe said "Firstly I would like to thank Phil Cummings and the Parramatta club for working together to give players from one of Rugby League's fastest Developing Nations, Canada, this huge opportunity. This will allow our future star players to live and breath Rugby League for one month and compete at a much higher level than they have ever experienced. They will come back to Canada with improved skills and understanding the fitness levels required to make it to a professional level in our sport. They can also share their experiences with other young players and help us get new players involved in the great sport of Rugby League in Canada."
Parramatta Executive Officer of Junior Rugby League, Phil Cummings, says " We look forward to their arrival in late January and while they will get to see the skills, fitness levels and facilities of an NRL Club they will be actively participating in pre season training and hopefully some trials with a VB NSW Cup team."
BCRL are very focused on Junior Development and this is another step in the right direction to encourage young players to play Rugby League so we have sustainable growth in our game in British Columbia, Canada. To have the opportunity to travel to Australia in the middle of our very cold winter period, is enough of a incentive to strive for selection for any young male, but to be also able to live and breath Rugby League for one month, its an experience of a lifetime!
Edited by deluded pom?, 24 July 2013 - 06:05 PM.