Scholarship winners Ben Ralston and Mitch McLennan with Daryl Rock and scholarship sponsors Rod Moody Pete Davis.
Scholarship winners Ben Ralston and Mitch McLennan with Daryl Rock and scholarship sponsors Rod Moody Pete Davis.

An education in rugby



YAMBA Rugby Club has established two further education scholarships for 2005.

The scholarships are on offer to previous Yamba Junior players who wish to further their education and still play for Yamba Rugby Club.

The scholarship is being offered to provide financial assistance to players in their educational endeavours while providing opportunity to continue to play rugby and enjoy the benefits of playing alongside their peers in their home town.

The offer gained a lot of interest from eligible applicants with the final decision being made last week.

The Yamba BP Bait Place Scholarship was awarded to who is undertaking his studies at Southern Cross University.

Rod Moody, from the BP Bait Place Yamba said "it is great to see local boys given the opportunity to further their education while playing rugby with their mates in familiar surroundings."

Ben has returned to the Yamba club after a playing stint in Brisbane for GPS Waringah Colts.

The Pete's Bakehouse Scholarship was awarded to Mitch McLennan, who is also furthering his studies at Southern Cross University, undertaking a Bachelor of Education Tech degree.

Pete Davis, from Pete's Bakehouse, has referred to the initiative as "a step forward by the Yamba club to support its juniors. It is a special opportunity to be a part of the program, it is an honour as I have been involved in the club since I was 15-years-old".

Mitch McLennan returns to the Yamba Rugby Club after spending two years in Sydney with the Warringah club and being named as Rookie of the Year in 2003 for the club.

SYDNEY. ? It's the hot seat of NSW rugby but Shaun Berne says he has no qualms about returning to five eighth against the Cats in Johannesburg tomorrow morning.

In the absence of injured Lachlan Mackay, Berne will wear the No.10, a jumper that has burned many ? himself included ? in the past.

But Berne says all the atten- tion over the pivot's role had meant little to the team and he had no problem switching between five eighth and inside centre.

"The way we've started there hasn't been a problem so far and the way we are playing we're trying to take a bit of pressure off," he said.



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