Canada Rugby League Association is excited to announce that they will be working with NRL Club Penrith Panthers in 2016 to assist our Development Program for young Canada Wolverines Rugby League players.
Penrith Juniors has a massive Junior League area and proven success with young players. Penrith Panthers have won the Under 20s National Youth Competition (Holden Cup) in 2 of the last 3 years! This statement comes from The Panthers –
The Panthers NRL Club will be assisting Canada Rugby League in their plans for a pathway to the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, by inviting two of their players to experience time at the club in early 2016.”
The Canadian players will be able to watch the NRL players train and take part in training sessions during their stay.
St Marys Leagues Club has also offered to assist with the players being able to train with the St Marys Massey Cup and Sydney Shield Sides.
Junior League Manager Phil Cummings said,” this program is in its third year and the first year for the Panthers NRL Club supporting Canada Rugby League.
Phil Gould, Executive General Manager of the Panthers NRL Club and Jim Jones Panthers, Recruitment Manager have both offered their support behind the program”.
CRLA President Paul O’Keefe gave this statement –
“The CRLA has made Junior Development one of our major priorities and it’s exciting news for all young athletes in Canada who want to play Rugby League! This is the perfect time to start working with the Panthers, with their new academy facilities going to be top class when completed in 2016, as they celebrate their 50th Anniversary.
This will be an important asset as we work hard to be included in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Phil Gould & Jim Jones for their support on this program, St Marys Rugby League Club and Phil Cummings for his incredible efforts ensuring the growth of our development program for over 3 years now!”