Regional rugby a Brumbies priority

Josh Metz of South Coast Monaro offloads the ball during a trial match against the Tuggeranong Vikings on Sunday, March 20. Photo: Gemma Varcoe.
Josh Metz of South Coast Monaro offloads the ball during a trial match against the Tuggeranong Vikings on Sunday, March 20. Photo: Gemma Varcoe.

The grassroots stage of football has always been an integral focus for the ACT Brumbies, and for more than a decade the organisation has made its’ presence a constant within the region and its’ associated amateur competitions.

On Sunday, March 20, two assembled squads made up of youngsters from the South Coast Monaro region were pitted against a number of ACT-based union clubs as  part of a Brumbies-powered pathway program.

Brumbies rugby development manager for South Coast Monaro Angus Balmaks said that the emphasis on grassroots football was of paramount importance to the organisation, and to the very future of Australian rugby union.

“It’s absolutely crucial and it gives these kids the opportunity to hear from some different coaches, and to compete against the best we have in the ACT,” he said.

“You will find, no matter which Brumbies player it is, that they all have a story from the clubs they started at in under 6s and that grassroots level is where all of our Wallabies and our Brumbies start from.”

The under 12 and under 14 South Coast Monaro development squads will again compete when they face up against the Wagga-based Southern Inland development squad on Sunday, April 3.

This story Regional rugby a Brumbies priority first appeared on The Queanbeyan Age.

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