If there’s one person who understands the importance and opportunity presented by NSW VB Blues’ Pathways Camps, it’s Manly forward Rhys Armstrong.
The 19-year-old Sea Eagles back-rower attended his second Pathways Camp this weekend – and he’s loved every minute of both.
“Just to get to know Laurie Daley, what he’s like, how he runs his team and what he likes in players – everything about NSW – it’s great,” Armstrong said.
“We’re getting the opportunity to learn from this country’s best footy coaches – it’s an amazing opportunity.”
Armstrong and 33 other rising stars attended the two-day camp at Narrabeen this weekend, learning from the success of this year’s VB Blues Origin squad and listening to the coaching team’s vision for the future.
As part of the camp, Armstrong and his colleagues heard and learned from VB Blues coach Daley, his assistant Matt Parish, their staff and state legends including Brad Fittler. Also in attendance were VB Blues’ vice-captain Robbie Farah, who delivered an inspiring talk, as well as victorious team-mates including Trent Hodkinson and Josh Reynolds.
“I get a lot out of it. Just seeing all those players who’ve played before, like Fittler and Daley, it’s great to see those types of people,” Armstrong said.
“Hopefully it means the future of the Blues is in good hands.
“We’re [learning from] the best of the best – you want to leave a good impression.”