Over the weekend Sera Naiqama and Atasi Lafai of the Waratahs Womens side, the reigning Super Rugby W Champions, participated in the Western Plains Junior Development Camp in Bourke.
It was a weekend that saw hundreds of local juniors journey anywhere from one to six hours to take place in the clinics, showing the dedication and love they have for Rugby.
“It really warmed your heart seeing how much it meant to the people,” Atasi Lafai said.
The Waratahs stars ran juniors aged 6-16, both male and female, who developed their basic skills on day one with game-specific activities the focus of day two.
Away from the field, the group also gathered around an open-air cinema to watch the Waratahs take on the Force in Perth.
“We definitely built a bond over the weekend and by the end it was sad to leave,” Sera Naiqama said.
For Both Sera and Atasi, it was also a new experience which took them out of their comfort zone.
“I have never been to country New South Wales so it was very special to head out to Bourke and see how much passion the kids have for the game,” Naiqama said.
A month ago Bourke formed a Womens side and by the end of the weekend three more players signed up to play after their exposure to the clinic.
“Only four weeks ago Bourke formed a womens side and after the weekend, a few more girls joined after seeing the clinics from the sidelines,” Naiqama said.
“It’s been great to help grow the game to these rural areas and their commitment and the joy that came from it was really good to see.”
The NSW Waratahs would like to thank the Bourke Rams Junior Rugby Union and the Western Plains Rugby Union clubs for hosting the event.