Learning from Wallabies

A GROUP of 50 young rugby players will rub shoulders with four Qantas Wallabies when the Telstra rugby coaching clinic is held at Coffs Harbour International Sports Stadium tomorrow.

Wallaby stars, Matt Giteau, Clyde Rathbone, Mark Chisholm and Nic Henderson, will be working first hand with the 50 budding rugby players, aged between 12 and 17, when the clinic is conducted between 9.30am and 11.30am on Sunday.

The Telstra rugby coaching clinic is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity where the youngsters will be put through a range of skills and drills which will live long in their memories.

At the clinic's conclusion Giteau, Rathbone, Chisholm and Henderson will enter Camp Wallaby with their Australian team-mates ahead of their northern hemisphere tour which commences later this month.

The 50 young players were chosen after completing entry forms at www.telstra.com/countrywide.

Giteau said the Telstra Rugby Coaching Clinic was an important initiative.

"It's great to see Telstra giving young players in Coffs Harbour and the surrounding region this opportunity, and I know when I was younger I always enjoyed going along to different rugby clinics," said Giteau.

"I'm sure the kids will have plenty of fun and leave the clinic with a few new skills to hopefully make them better players," he added.

Telstra Country Wide Area General Manager Mid North Coast NSW, Mr Jim Atkins, said the Wallaby players involvement will result in an unforgettable experience.

"The Telstra Rugby coaching clinic is another example of how Telstra Country Wide creates opportunities for talented regional people to realise their dreams," he said.

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