Campbell River’s Kyle Watson attempts to score as Tyler Miler has other ideas during a youth rugby player clinic at the UVic.

Campbell River youths train with the best

They were put through their paces with three hours of high-tempo drills

Seven Campbell River youth rugby players had the chance to learn from two of the world’s best rugby 7s players – England’s Ben Gollings, and Fiji’s Waisale Serevi – at a youth clinic last weekend at the University of Victoria held in conjunction with the Victoria International 7s Tournament.

They were put through their paces with three hours of high-tempo drills that emphasized quick decision making, communication, fitness, and perfecting their technical skills.

“This was a great way to kick-start our season,” says club president Erin Young. “We are very lucky to live and play rugby here on the Island where exposure to high level coaches and players like these former internationals is possible, though not to be taken for granted.

“The skill level and expectations were high at this event, but the emphasis was on fun, improving skills and giving your best effort, which is how we run our club here in Campbell River.”

This Sunday, sees Junior athletes getting their first taste of competition as they head to Shawnigan Lake School to compete in the Vancouver Island Rugby Union Junior 7s Tournament, where Campbell River has partnered with the Comox Kickers to enter both Junior Men and Junior Women teams. Players ages 7-13 will be training at Southgate Middle School on Sunday and the club welcomes all interested players to join in. That age group will be competing in the Strathcona Investors Group Jamboree in Cumberland on Sept. 22. For more call 250-202-7642 or visit the www.campbellriverrugby.webs.com.