TOP TRAINING: Locky Walsh, 17, and Jake Brumley, 17, of Byron Bay from the Bangalow Rugby League Academy will attend ACT Brumbies talent development camp.
TOP TRAINING: Locky Walsh, 17, and Jake Brumley, 17, of Byron Bay from the Bangalow Rugby League Academy will attend ACT Brumbies talent development camp. Patrick Gorbunovs

Capital chance for Bangalow rugby players

THREE Bangalow Academy players are about to rub shoulders with some of the biggest names in Super 15 Rugby.

Jake Brumley, Locky Walsh and Ted Pye have been invited to spend three days in the ACT Brumbies development program next week.

The trio will get the chance to impress coaches Stephen Larkham and Laurie Fisher in what is expected to be a rigorous three days.

The program includes other talented teenagers from around the country and is a stepping stone to making the under-20 team in the ACT.

"They definitely won't be going easy on them," Bangalow Rugby Academy coach Will Cotterill said.

"We made a call to the Brumbies to see if they would have a look at them. They'll get the chance to get their faces in front of the right people and it's an opportunity to impress the high performance coaches.

"We definitely wouldn't be sending them there if we didn't think they could handle it."

All three boys are 17 with Brumley and Walsh Bangalow juniors.

Pye plays for Lismore City and has shown plenty of talent playing halfback in the junior ranks.

The Bangalow Academy has only been operating for a couple of months with this one of its first major coups.

"We want to develop junior rugby in the area and do what's best for the kids," Cotterill said.

"They'll meet some great people down there and who knows where it will lead to.

"I think the Brumbies have a great system and the boys will learn a lot."

The Bangalow Academy currently has 10 players involved from under-16s through to under-20s.

The program will continue leading into the 2014 season.

"We do one-on-one sessions with the guys in the gym and take them through some video analysis," Cotterill said.

"We try and do it as close as how they do it professionally to give them a taste of what they can expect if they make it."

 

Junior sign-on

Anyone interested in joining Bangalow Rugby Academy or becoming part of Bangalow Rugby Juniors can contact Paul De Fina on 0400 572028 / 66872028 or go down to junior sign on at Bangalow Sports fields on February 15 and 22 between 2pm and 4 pm.



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