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13 Bulldogs NYC players will this weekend visit the UWS Campus at Hawkesbury to participate in the Holden Cup Rookie Camp.

University of Western Sydney University Deputy Vice-Chancellor Rhonda Hawkins will today welcome more than 90 of the games future stars to the Hawkesbury Campus which will host an NRL Holden Cup Rookie Camp for the first time this weekend.

Ms Hawkins will also speak with the Sydney-based NRL Career Coaches about the courses, degree programs and facilities available to Rugby League players as part of the Graduates of League Program which UWS joined this year.

This weekends camp involves players from the Sea Eagles, Eels, Panthers, Wests Tigers, Roosters and Bulldogs and is the second of three camps to be held over three consecutive weekends for more than 200 players from all 16 NRL Clubs who will be entering the NRL Holden Cup Under 20s in 2014. Many of the players have just completed their HSC, while others are university students and apprentices.

A host of current and past players including Sam Perrett, Daniel Holdsworth, Sam Tagatease, Ben Ross, Joe Gualvao, Clinton Toopi and Michael Crocker will be among an impressive list of presenters at the UWS Rookie Camp.

Players receive extensive training in media, cultural awareness, drugs and alcohol issues, social media, money matters, community work, social responsibility and personal presentation. Crocker will be presenting in his new role of Player Relations Manager for the Rugby League Players Association (RLPA).

The Rookie Camp program kicked off last weekend at the Gold Coasts Bond University and the final camp will be held next week at the Auckland University of Technology North Shore Campus, New Zealand (Dec 13-15).

What NRL Holden Cup Rookie Camp 2014 Camp 2

When 6-10pm Friday (Dec 6); 9am-4pm Saturday (Dec 7)

8-11am Sunday (Dec 8)

Where University of Western Sydney Hawkesbury Campus, Main Boardroom, Building R1

- Entry to the Campus is via College Drive, Richmond. Parking available in parking Lots 33 and 37.


The NRL funds 44 full-time Welfare and Education staff across the NRL, QRL, NSWRL, CRL, NZRL and NRL clubs including 18 are specialist Career Advisors.

NRL League Wise now spans every stage of the elite pathway delivering Rugby league programs to more than 4,000 players.

-66% of NRL players and 74% of Holden Cup players have completed or are currently engaged in further education and career planning

-102 of the 122 NRL players (84%) in the Career Transition Program (aged 28+) are engaged in education career planning

-The NRL/RLPA distributed over 400 education grants to NRL contracted players in 2013

-The NRL has implemented a Graduates of League program aims to increase University entry, retention and completion rates and improves educational outcomes of Rugby League athletes

- More than 60 player mentors have been trained through the Education Ambassadors Program to assist in the delivery of educational sessions to all junior rep players in NZ and Australia.

- Since 2008 approximately 1500 National Youth Cup players have attended the annual Rookie Camp program. Mentor

- 2013 Academic Team of the Year

Rookie Camp Respectful Relationships Workshop

Bulldog Players Attending:

1.Michael Morgan

2.Luke Vella

3.Renouf Toomaga

4.Jack Creighton

5.Denzel King

6.Robbie Kamoto

7.Tommy Backhouse

8.Shaun Lane

9.David Murphy

10.Royce Hunt

11.Jake Kamire

12.Brendon Cox

13.George Tsikrikas
Acknowledgement of Country

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs respect and honour the Darug and Eora nations, who are 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.