Rebels inspire next generation at St. Pats

The Melbourne Rebels visit to an AFL heartland will inspire the next generation of players to chase their rugby dreams according to the Director of Rugby at St. Patrick’s College Michael Silcock.

As the barometer exceeded 40 degrees in the City of Ballarat on Friday, the Rebels tackled their final training session of the club’s two-day pre-season camp in regional Victoria.

The Rebels were hosted by St. Patrick’s College which saw the squad base their camp’s training at the strong rugby school.

“We’re really excited that the Rebels are here,” Silcock said.

“To bring a professional outfit up to country Victoria to St Patrick’s College, somewhat of an AFL heartland in terms of schools and colleges, is fantastic.”

The college boasts a proud and successful rugby program, which competes in the Victorian Schools Rugby competition across the senior, intermediate and junior level.

According to Silcock, the rugby program has enjoyed growth over the last couple of years which has seen the school field five teams.

“We’ve got about 100 students playing rugby over the course of a season, there are usually five teams, three junior sides and two senior teams,” Silcock said.

“Rugby’s been growing steadily over the last few years. Events like this with the Rebels coming to town will only help with that program which is great.”

Silcock believes that Rebels pre-season camp in the backyard of regional Victoria has reinforced the pathway and opportunity for local players.

“For the boys now see professional sport on their doorstep is a great opportunity for them to think that could be me,” Silcock said.

“To be able to watch it and see it, in this case here get an inside view of it, is fantastic.”

The Melbourne Rebels will kick-off its 2018 Super Rugby campaign at home against the Queensland Reds at AAMI Park on Friday 23 February from 7.30pm (AEDT).

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