Junior players ‘stars in the making’


The Clutha Junior Rugby Club has been a fundamental part of Clutha’s rugby stars in the making.

With more than 100 primary school boys and girls making up the club, the children are always enthusiastic and love to play their Saturday rugby games, whether it be a competitive or a casual game.

Overseen by Mark Sheppard, the Clutha Junior Rugby Club has four different age groups and, in total, about 11 teams all up.

There are three under-7 teams, three under-9s, two under-11s and two under-13s.

There are more than 20 coaches for the range of teams and the passion that the junior club provides for rugby is fundamental for raising young minds in positive ways.

Mark Sheppard is excited for the new season to go ahead.

The children enjoy learning the ways of rugby through their coaches and supporters.

They love getting on the field and having a go, and the children especially enjoy getting trophies at the end of the year to celebrate all of their hard work, he says.

They are always keen to help each other out and usually go to different teams’ rugby games to watch and lend support.

Clutha junior rugby is a gateway to providing motivation to children who aspire to playing a sport, and it can lead to amazing things. Clutha junior rugby has raised players such as Joshua Hill (Otago NPC and Melbourne Rebels Super Rugby), Tegan Hollows (Otago Spirit Captain) and Matt Faddes (Otago Highlanders, Ulster, New Zealand Rugby 7s), all of whom have grown up to become rugby superstars throughout the South Island.

Their enthusiasm and motivation helped pave their way to more opportunities, and starting off in the Clutha junior club contributed to them getting to where they are today.

If your child is thinking of playing rugby, consider joining the Clutha Junior Rugby Club.

For any further inquiries regarding the junior club, contact Mark Sheppard on 0274730856 or Darren Huddleston on 0211914815.

Practice makes perfect . . . Clutha junior rugby children practise chasing and following up a runaway ball and using teamwork during a previous season’s practice.
Successes galore . . . Last year’s prize›giving for the Clutha Junior Rugby Club acknowledged many successes among the children with medals, trophies and certificates.