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Norths and Penrith bettering Shute Shield players with joint training day initiative

In a sharing of resources initiative to build rugby in the local Penrith community, Shute Shield winning Norths head coach Simon Cron, and his grade teams are heading to Penrith Rugby Club this Saturday 10 December, running an innovative training day with newly appointed Penrith Emus head coach Julian Huxley.


Cron and Huxley, will be putting players through drill sessions coupled with a presentation about the pathways to success that rugby offers from 9:00am - 11:00am at Nepean Rugby Park.


“There is a huge talent pool in Penrith and it will be great for our boys at Norths to get to know the Penrith players better and visa versa. Penrith can sometimes feel isolated  as a club geographically so the key for us is to make sure their players don’t feel that way as they add so much to rugby,” says Simon Cron.


Cron has recently been appointed by Australian Rugby Union as their Under 20’s head coach. Huxley, has a 10 year pedigree in Super Rugby with the Brumbies, Reds and Rebels, was assistant coach to the NRC Sydney Rays in 2016 as well as a history of playing for Australia in 7’s and the Wallabies.


"Norths' mission is to 'better the player, better the person and better the community'. There is a huge amount of talent in the Penrith area when it comes to rugby and we need to combine forces and spell out the advantages of the game over other popular codes,” says Cron.


"Sharing of resources is one way to build player benefits. Sharing of stories amongst players is another. Every player has challenges and, win or loose, there are huge advantages in talking them through, “ says Cron 


Julian Huxley says, “ We're really looking forward to hosting the Norths boys this weekend and developing friendships which is what Rugby's all about. We all play for our own teams but we are all part of the bigger rugby family and it's good to remember that."


"We are determined to stand on our own two feet at the Emus and improve our performance. Part of that is keeping an open mind, accepting help, and always looking to learn and improve. We are grateful for Norths' support in helping us to our feet by coming and training with us this Saturday."

The session is open to all aspiring rugby players from the age of 17 years.

Norths won the 2016 Shute Shield in front of 11,500 rugby fans at North Sydney Oval and are committed to growing the game at grassroots. Pre-season training started in late October.