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NSW VB Blues Assistant Coach and CRL High Performance Manager Matt Parish visited the Riverina Development Camp over the weekend, taking players through new training and testing programs ahead of next season.

Parish joined forces with CRL Academy Coaches and NSWRL staff to conduct SPARQ testing for over 60 players who participated in the camp at No. 1 Sportsground, Leeton.

The testing forms part of new training programs which will be rolled out across Regional New South Wales in the coming weeks, which are aimed at reducing the gap between the level of training that young players in regional areas receive compared with players who are aligned with NSW Junior Representative Competitions.

Bidgee Bulls Regional Area Manager Dave Skinner believed the involvement of Parish was a major positive for Country Rugby League.

“People in the country are always crying out for Rugby League identities to visit them, and for the Assistant Coach of the NSW State of Origin team to come out and be a part of what we do is a massive step forward for Country Rugby League,” Skinner said.

Acknowledgement of Country

New South Wales Rugby League respects and honours the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.