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July 14th, 2018 by admin

Ryan hosts Camp Waratah

WHILE the Summer sports are preparing to kick-off, rugby sevens continues to capitalise on the popularity of the sport’s first Olympic Games.
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ON THE BALL: Waratah prop Paddy Ryan was at Camp Waratah on Wednesday. Photo: Peter Hardin 051016PHC04

It comes aslocal Waratah returned to town to teach the next generation of gold medal hopefuls.

Waratahs prop and Country Eagles skipper Paddy Ryan dropped in on over 30 junior players for a rugbysevens development camp at Farrer Agricultural School on Wednesday.

Being a hulking prop, Ryan doesn’t hit the sevens paddock too often but has been left in awe of the display that was the Olympic sevens in Rio.

He made a particular mention of the Australian girls side and the impact of what that tournament has done for the rugby game in general.

“As a front rower I don’t really play but i really got into it watching the Olympics,” Ryan said.

“The reaction has been great to see and it is 100% good for rugby as a sport.”

The Waratah Camps are being held right across the state, with similar days held in Mudgee, the Central Coast and in Sydney this week.

The aim is to match aWaratah player with hishome townwhere possible.

Waratah media manager Lauren DeGioia said that the re-aligning of NSW Rugby and the Waratahs has brought plenty of positives back into the grass roots of the sport.She pointed to theinterest in these off-season camps as a prime example.

“Rugby numbers were up right across the board this year,” DeGioia said.

“We are trying to capitalise on that and get as many junior players involved and around the game as we can.”

“We are really emphasising that it is not just about Sydney but the wholestate.At the moment there at least 12 players in the Waratahs from Country NSWand it is great to see.”

There will be plenty of action to see locally this weekend with an Indigenous Sevens tournament in Tamworth.

Toothy’s Tens in Quirindi will also be held over the weekend, paying tributeto Nicholas Tooth who lost his life after sustaining a head injury playing the game he loved in April last year.

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