Our juniors show potential for the junior gold competition
MATTHEW Wilkie has confidence in Central Queensland.
Australian Rugby Union performance coach Wilkie cast a watchful eye over Central Queensland junior rugby union players over the weekend and it is safe to say he was pleased with what he saw.
With more than 30 youngsters in each age group, Wilkie said the Australian Junior Gold camp program conducted at Rockhampton Grammar School on Saturday and Sunday was a huge success.
"It was really good," Wilkie said.
"We had great participation with about 30 boys in each age group and they trained hard over the two days in tough conditions with a good mix of testing."
Players at the camp covered a broad range of rugby disciplines including skills, testing, education and mentoring sessions.
Along with experienced local coaches Ron Howell, Lachlan McMurtie and Tom Moore, Wilkie led various coaching sessions at the camp and said the CQ juniors looked comparable to every other centre he had visited.
"They have the potential to do well in the Junior Gold competition if they keep up their hard work and training until March," the coach said.
"They trained through the hot, humid conditions for the full two days and showed commitment to the physical side of the camp.
"The coaches did a good job as well and were very well organised and thanks must go to the Central Queensland Rugby Union and Rockhampton Grammar School for their support."
The Junior Gold Cup is an Australian Rugby Union national youth competitions for players aged under-15 and under-17. The competition will kick off in March with sides participating from Brisbane, Gold Coast, Darling Downs, Sunshine Coast, Central Queensland, Townsville, Cairns, Sydney, Western NSW, Illawarra, Central Coast, Hunter, Northern Inland and North Coast plus ACT, WA, SA and Victoria.