The Classic Wallabies visit this week was a smash hit with the local Rugby community in the Townsville District with players, students, parents, teachers and coaches in their hundreds turning out to see the legends of the past. Rugby World Cup Wallabies Justin Harrison (2003) and Sam Cordingley (2007) were the main attractions supported by Cairns based contingent Barry Lea (QLD) and Troy Jacques (ACT) as the group covered the Townsville, Charters Towers and the Burdekin regions.
The ‘Classics’ along with TDRU Development staff visited 12 different schools across the Townsville District sharing their remarkable personal stories of Rugby journeys across many continents as well as the Amatuer and professional era which thrilled students and staff across 12 local Primary and Secondary Schools.
But it was in the hearts and minds of the Club Rugby community that the Classics message was most felt. Wednesday evening saw a clinic with close to 200 local junior players ranging in ages from 7 to 17 participating in a 90min skills session finishing with opportunities for photographs, signatures and giveaways.
All in all the Classic Wallabies and the TDRU Development team saw in excess of 900 local students and players putting them through their paces and encourging them on their Rugby journeys. The tour saw them travel throughout the District thanks to the generous help from TDRU Major Parter – Mike Carney Toyota supplying vehicles.
The TDRU would like to thank the participants, coaches, teachers, parents, players, sponsors and the Classics themselves for their time and energy in making the events a huge success.