NT Rugby Players Find a Home with Easts
Easts Rugby Club is now home to a group of young Territorians who have made their way to Canberra seeking to further their Rugby careers as well as experience life away from their home State.
This season, over a third of the playing roster of the East Colts side have come down from the NT. “The boys who have made their way down have all been playing representative Rugby for the NT at Schoolboy level and are keen to test themselves in a stronger competition” says Dan Wetherall, Coach of the Easts Colts Team. Wetherall himself has experience in NT Rugby having coached the University Pirates in 2015 and the NT Schoolboys side in 2015 and 2016. “The NT boys play a tough, uncompromising style of Rugby which is exactly what we are trying to instill at Easts. Three of the boys were with us last season and have already helped to improve the standard within the Club” remarks Wetherall.
Two of the players who were with the Club last season have already made their 1st Grade Club debut’s, Bilston and Morcom. “My focus is on having our Colts team as competitive as possible however I expect that both of these lads will play 1st grade at some stage through the season” added Wetherall.
The ACT Brumbies have also been of great assistance in identifying talent in the NT and encouraging boys to make the move South. ACT Rugby Development Manager and former NT Schoolboys Coach, Damien Tyson, was instrumental in bringing a number of the lads to Canberra. “We hope that other young Territorians follow in their footsteps. There are great opportunities here in Canberra for Rugby, work and education at world class tertiary institutions. Clubs like Easts are extremely supportive and create a welcoming family environment for the young players”, said Tyson.
To further reinforce the connection between Easts and the NT, the Easts Club Patron is the Hon Warren Snowden, MP, Member for Lingiari. Mr Snowdon is a founding father of Rugby Union in the Northern Territory and was involved in its birth through the attendance of firstly social meetings by Rugby enthusiasts and then competitive games. It is no coincidence that Easts in Canberra and Palmerston Crocs in Darwin share the same colours.
The Easts Colts play their opening round match against Uni-Norths at Griffith Oval on the 7th April.