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The University of Canberra Brumbies have returned from their annual ActewAGL Country Visits stopping in at schools and rugby clubs throughout Southern NSW.
The project was part of the Brumbies Community Matters and reached hundreds of boys and girls from as far away as Cootamundra, Batemans Bay and Milton.
Each of the players was allocated one of 17 regions with question times and signing sessions taking place throughout the afternoon.
Heading to Jindabyne and Cooma, Ben Alexander, Fotu Auelua and Tevita Kuridrani visited the Jindabyne Central School and Cooma North Public School.
Having grown up playing his rugby in the Illawarra, Auelua was aware of how important visits to country regions were.
“As a kid, these sort of days stick out in your mind as being the most memorable. There weren’t too many chances to get up close to players when we were young, so for us to give these kids a chance at that is special,” Auelua said.
“The kids were all engaging and interested in what was going on. There were plenty of questions being asked, so it’s nice to see there’s a genuine interest in what we’re doing at the Brumbies.
“A lot of these guys said they had travelled to see us play this year already and that they were coming along to the Reds game, so to be able to come out here and say hi to those young fans is pretty exciting for us too.”
In all, thousands of children received drink bottles, posters and fridge magnets leaving a lasting imprint of the Brumbies throughout Southern NSW.
The University of Canberra Brumbies Community Matters program will continue with more events in the coming weeks.