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Making the long trip around the world from Wagga Wagga to Europe, 16-year-old Tyson Hodge reflects on his adventure of a lifetime, representing the Indigenous Young Achievers side touring France and Italy.


Spending time at the Australian Institute of Sport-European Centre was a highlight thus far. I want to make it to the NRL one day. Seeing the facilities that the elite players can train with is something to aim for. I have learnt about recovery after games and training by using the facilities.

Visiting Lake Como and walking around the foreshore and seeing some impressive boats was great. I feel very fortunate to be on this trip with my brother Cody and family. These are moments that we will look back on in years to come with fond memories.

Walking around Rome today and looking at buildings thousands of years old is pretty mind blowing. I can’t wait to go to the Colosseum tomorrow – the movie “Gladiator” is one of my favourites and I can’t wait to stand there and look down on the same arena as all the Caesars have done.


Follow for all the latest on the once-in-a-lifetime journey. 

The NSWRL would like to thank KARI, Santos, Maari Ma and the Juice Plus company for their support of the Young Achievers tour.

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.