Academy seeks three inductees

STU PIDDINGTON
Last updated 05:00 29/06/2012

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The South Canterbury Rugby Academy is again looking for at least three new inductees.

Four of the original inductees – Andrew Wilkes, Nick Strachan, Willie Wright and Jason Rooney – have completed their maximum allowed time of three years in the academy.

South Canterbury rugby manager Cam Kilgour said application forms will be out today and available from clubs or schools.

"The aim of this academy is to provide knowledge, support and guidance to promising young rugby players so that they can be the best they can be in both the rugby environment and life outside rugby."

Selected participants are given the opportunity to fully develop their potential in terms of physical, technical, tactical and mental skills, he said.

"They will also be given the opportunity to gain the practical skills needed to set goals and maintain balance in their everyday lives. Our goal is to develop and train at a higher level selected players between the age of 16 and 22."

The academy is run in partnership with Crusaders Rugby Academy.

Kilgour said the relationship has been very beneficial, with members attending training and class sessions with the Crusaders and Canterbury sides.

"The biggest step forward for South Canterbury Rugby Union was when three of our academy members took part in a Crusaders Development trial game in Christchurch, proving that if you play rugby in South Canterbury and work hard doors will open."

Kilgour is expecting quite a bit of interest.

"Last time I think 16 applied and we interviewed six.

"It is seen as something very worthwhile and I think all those who have gone through it appreciate the opportunities they have received."

The academy members have also travelled twice to Australia, to Perth and Brisbane, to widen their rugby experiences.

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- The Timaru Herald

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