26 March 2012
Team members from the Melbourne Rebels rugby union club recently paid the Monash University Rugby Club (MURC) a visit, deepening the connection between the professionals and the University.
The Melbourne Rebels players, who compete in the elite-level Super Rugby tournament, came to Monash as part of a community engagement program in which each Rebel player is assigned to a local club, acting as an ambassador.
MURC’s ambassador, Heath Tessmann, surprised the MURC last week by showing up to their training with Rebel’s captain Gareth Delve.
Treasurer for the club, Gary Annat, said that having Delve attend their training session was an unexpected bonus.
“The Rebels offer to have their ambassador attend events, games and even help run training sessions. But Delve is not linked to our club, so his presence really got the team excited,” Mr Annat said.
Under the watchful eye of the Rebels the Monash team ran through their paces, including specialist forwards drills, taking advantage of Gareth and Heath’s professional experience in this area.
The Rebels players were happy to give the team tips to improve their skills. The Monash team practiced their set-pieces, particularly line outs, where Heath’s experience in the hooker position was of value.
“Having a professional at training takes our sessions to another level, and gives up a tremendous opportunity to learn new things, as well as see advanced techniques demonstrated just for us,” Mr Annat said.