Skennars Head?s Joe Claes, who has recently started his dream job as a trainee rugby development officer.
Skennars Head?s Joe Claes, who has recently started his dream job as a trainee rugby development officer.

Rugby mad Joe lands dream job

By STEVE SPINKS

SKENNARS HEAD'S Joe Claes has got a dream first job.

The rugby mad 18-yearold has just been made NSW Rugby Union's regional project officer for the Far North Coast.

Claes will work directly for North Coast development officer Murray Archibald.

It means Claes will work as a trainee rugby development officer while also completing a certificate II in sports administration.

"It's a dream job," Claes said.

"Before this job came along I was looking at joining the army.

"Mum's happy I got this job."

Despite still being a teenager, Claes has had vast experience with the game.

He started playing as an eight-year-old with the Ballina club as a flanker.

Claes also has his level one refereeing badge.

"I really enjoy playing rugby," the youngster said.

"But I like seeing rugby played fairly and I like seeing kids having a go."

He better enjoy rugby, because that will be his life.

The job is five days a week.

Claes plays on Saturdays and trains twice during the week.

On Friday he referees junior matches.

"It'll be fun," Claes said.

Claes starts his first FNC rugby camp today at St John's College, Woodlawn.

More than 100 juniors will be put through their paces by Claes and senior development officers from the NSW Rugby Union.



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