Former Young Yabbies Rugby Union Club under 18s player Riley Turner was selected as one of four players to undergo intensive training at the ACT Brumbies headquarters.
The training camp was held in partnership between Land Rover and the ACT Brumbies as they search for the next generation of rugby talent.
Turner and the four other players were tested, mentored and trained over two days in the same conditions as players in the Super Rugby competition.
“Riley is a hard-running centre who attributes his strength and agility to his upbringing on the land and the associated tasks and hard work,” Young Yabbies publicity officer Cec Finley said.
Finley explained that Riley was greeted on the first day of the camp by former Wallabies and Brumbies captain George Gregan.
Gregan is the Land Rover Ambassador for the program and was able to share his vast experience and knowledge with the young guns who hope to fill the rugby legend’s shoes in the future.
During the two days of hardcore training Turner had his strength, power and speed tested by and exercise scientist.
The testing included vertical jumps and cycling to measure his oxygen volume and lung capacity.
“Riley performed well,” Finley said.
“You can’t teach mental toughness but Riley displayed it during his session,” the exercise scientist said.
Turner’s focus on the second day of training was on his performance as a rugby player.
Various skills were tested and players were coached and mentored.
Turner’s mentor for the second day was Wallabies centre Tevita Kurindrani.
“Despite it being a hard day Riley said he really learnt a lot,” Finley said.
The skills included fundamentals such as contact, passing, defence, handling pressure, one to one and working as a team.
“Riley's initial ambition is to make the Brumbies under 20's side and he is well on his way to achieving this goal,” Finley said.
Last year Turner was selected for the Southern Inland Rugby Union team and following on from that success was picked to strap on the boots for the Under 18’s Brumbies side at the Australian Selection tournament in Sydney.
Turner was also picked as the Young Yabbies player’s player for 2016 to wrap up a quality year for the talented athlete.
Turner was also selected as the Young Yabbies Rugby Union Club’s player’s player in 2015.