Junior Blacks learn from some of rugby's top coaches

LEARNING: Eddie Weaver, Jack Marcus, Matt Parisotto, Bryn Francis, Aisea Taupeamuhu and Jesse James at the camp. PHOTO: Supplied
LEARNING: Eddie Weaver, Jack Marcus, Matt Parisotto, Bryn Francis, Aisea Taupeamuhu and Jesse James at the camp. PHOTO: Supplied

The future of Griffith’s senior rugby sides is in safe hands as another crop of talented youngsters attended the 2017 Brumbies Emerging Talent Camp last week at the Institute Of Sport in Canberra.

The Griffith contingent of Eddie Weaver, Jack Marcus, Matt Parisotto, Bryn Francis, Aisea Taupeamuhu and Jesse James made up 10 per cent of the participants at the 60-strong camp under some of the code’s best coaches.

ACT Brumbies head coach and Wallabies legend Stephen Larkham was one of eight top-class coaches who passed on their knowledge to the junior rugby players.

Griffith Blacks under 16s assistant and backs coach Justin James said the skills the youngsters learnt at the camp were invaluable to not only the players but the club as a whole.

“It allows the boys to get that experience they wouldn't usually get,” James said. “The skills they teach them, you can definitely see them being used when they come back and play club games.

“The boys also pass that knowledge onto the team and club as well.”

The junior Blacks were put through a number of sessions over the three days including goal-setting, recovery, field and feedback sessions.

On the final day, trial games were held and highlights from the matches were Francis being named captain of one of the sides and Taupeamuhu snaring a try.

Being selected to take part in the camp was a big effort with kids from Northern Territory, South Australia, Southern NSW and ACT all attending.

James said having players from so many different places made the camp even more meaningful.

“It is extremely important,’ James said of the camp.

“We value the opportunity and the boys value the opportunity to learn from these guys and if we didn't have it, we’d be less fortunate for it.

“Along with the skills work, it gives the boys a chance to network with all the kids in other areas.”