Through the support of the NZ Barbarian Rugby Club the Highlanders U18 Camp was held at John McGlashan College this week. On Sunday, 37 players and parents were welcomed and introduced to the club by General Manager of Rugby Greg O’Brien and Coach Tony Brown.  

”It is important our young players understand what the club is about and how they form an important part of it. We are very grateful to the NZ Barbarians Rugby Club for allowing this the happen, without their support our players would not have had this opportunity. The South Island Secondary Schools Council and the Otago Rugby Secondary Schools Council also assisted the players. After Tony and Greg’s talk, the players came up with four behaviours and a statement which they would identify as the Highlander Way. Throughout the week they kept true to those behaviours and made each other accountable to them.”

The purpose of the 4 day camp was to accelerate the development of young talent Under 18 male and females players in the Highlanders region. A number of guest speakers ranging from High Performance Sport NZ to NZ Rugby gave up their time to share their knowledge. A number of Highlanders management staff also heavily contributed to the camp and the players finished the camp understanding what is required at Super Rugby level.

Ex-Highlanders, 1st XV Coaches and representative coaches were involved in delivering positional specific and attack and defence skills. "The players spoke highly of each training session and the coaches did a great job of establishing relationships and learning about each individual player."

We thank the Crusaders Junior XV for inviting us to play today. The players and management teams are looking forward to representing the Highlanders and playing a style of rugby that the NZ Barbarians Rugby Club would be proud of.


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