CENTRAL West Blue Bulls coach Matt McRobert says Saturday’s HeartKids Rugby Cup game will be about education for his players.
NSW Waratahs coach Michael Cheika will be helping coach the invitational Central West side in their charity match against Deadwood Rugby XV in Orange.
McRobert can’t be at Saturday’s game, but knew his players would jump at the opportunity to work with Cheika.
“Michael Cheika has a great record in Europe and everyone can see what a wonderful job he’s doing with the Waratahs. He’s very strong in recognising grassroots rugby and this is part of that,” McRobert (pictured above) said.
“Our guys will hang off his every word. One thing our guys are very good at is learning and they’ll take a lot from him.”
There is a chance Cheika could invite some Central West players to attend a Waratahs training session.
“This is a chance for some of our guys to spend some time in Sydney with the Waratahs. It’s an opportunity to see how the other half lives,” McRobert said.
“Guys like Peter Nau, Josh Tremain and “Junior” Lafo’ou are very good footballers and they would really benefit from an opportunity like that. And we’re about giving our players opportunities.”
The Blue Bulls coach said he was able to bring together the nucleus of the 2013 Central West team for Saturday’s game.
“We’ve got together a core of our squad, plus a couple of players we’re interested in looking at, as well as some young players who have put their hands up,” he said.
“We know the bulk of what the players are capable of, but we want to see if some others step up.
“We get to expose our guys to some players who used to play a high level. Hopefully we can put up a good show and deliver some entertaining rugby.”
The day will include more than the charity game at Endeavour Oval.
The Deadwood club, which includes former Waratahs and Brumbies players, will run a three-hour junior coaching clinic on Saturday from 1.30pm.
The clinic is for children aged between five and 14 years, and Cheika could make an appearance to offer some tips to the young players.
For more information, or to register for the $40 clinic, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The HeartKids Cup match will kick-off at 6pm on Saturday at Endeavour Oval.