Warwick forward Will Dearden trains with the Western Force colts.
Warwick forward Will Dearden trains with the Western Force colts. Western Force

Former Water Rat inspiring juniors

RUGBY UNION: Warwick juniors are more inspired than ever after a visit from some Queensland Reds and Queensland Country players last weekend.

Warwick Water Rats Rugby Union Club is looking to re-establish juniors teams in the Darling Downs competition next year after missing out for the past few years.

"We have been working closely with local schools to try and create pathways for younger players to get involved with rugby,” club president Andrew Williams said.

Particularly with Warwick junior Will Dearden who was just announced in the Junior Wallabies squad.

Dearden went to school in Warwick and played in the senior team for two years before moving away to forge a career in rugby.

"It gives the younger guys a bit of confidence and shows there is a pathway there if they put their head down and work hard,” Williams said.

"It's very encouraging to see guys and girls who have done that before them. They see there is the possibility if they put the work in the rewards are there.”

However Williams said playing sport in a regional area did have its difficulties.

"The biggest disadvantage for them to get involved is they have to move away from home,” he said.

"And the biggest issues with the juniors is the location and distances from the Downs competition.”

"But you know the attitude of country kids; they know how to work that bit harder.”

Next year Warwick will field senior teams in the Risdon Cup, women's, under-15s and U17s boys and girls sevens competition.



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