De­vel­op­ment camp’s no hol­i­day

Hawke's Bay Today - - SPORT - Rugby

Hawke’s Bay Rugby Union’s an­nual player de­vel­op­ment camps kicked off on Wed­nes­day, with 30 of the Bay’s best un­der-18 girls’ play­ers gath­er­ing at Lind­is­farne Col­lege for three days of in­tense train­ing.

The HBRU girls’ de­vel­op­ment camp is one of four Unison­spon­sored camps sched­uled for these hol­i­days. The other three camps will give the re­gion’s most promis­ing un­der-14, 16 and 18 boys the op­por­tu­nity to fur­ther de­velop their skills.

Fol­low­ing the camps, Hawke’s Bay rep­re­sen­ta­tive sides from each of the four age groups will be selected to play in the Hur­ri­canes re­gional tour­na­ments in Oc­to­ber.

HBRU women’s rugby de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer, Krys­ten Cot­trell, led the girls’ camp along­side for­mer Mag­pies cap­tain, Su­per Rugby player and HBRU acad­emy man­ager, Ja­son Shoe­mark, and said she was ex­cited about de­vel­op­ing the young play­ers’ skills to help strengthen the women’s game in the re­gion.

“These girls have been selected not only due to their po­ten­tial to grow as play­ers, they also have a strong pas­sion for the sport, which will no doubt see them be­come am­bas­sadors to help en­cour­age par­tic­i­pa­tion in the game.

“The camps give par­tic­i­pants the op­por­tu­nity to fur­ther de­velop their skills and ex­pe­ri­ence the sort of sup­port that pro­fes­sional play­ers re­ceive.

“They’ve got ac­cess to some of the re­gion’s top coaches and play­ers, in­clud­ing cur­rent Mag­pies Ellery Wilson, Mason Emer­son and Ja­son Long. We have train­ers, nutri­tion­ists and men­tal skills coaches on board,” Black Ferns squad mem­ber Cot­trell said.

Uni­son Group chief ex­ec­u­tive Ken Suther­land said Uni­son was pleased to sup­port ju­nior rugby and the de­vel­op­ment camps in Hawke’s Bay for the 10th con­sec­u­tive year.

“Uni­son’s part­ner­ship with HBRU is this year tar­geted to­wards de­vel­op­ing women’s rugby in Hawke’s Bay, and these camps are well po­si­tioned to help achieve this.

“We look for­ward to see­ing the girls who come through these camps achieve their po­ten­tial, just like play­ers such as Jonah Lowe, who was a Uni­son medal re­cip­i­ent as a ju­nior, and un­der 20 world cham­pion, Ti­aan Fal­con, have done in pre­vi­ous years.”

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