Australian Rugby International Cameron Sheperd Attends Jakarta Komodos Junior Training

Former Australian Wallabies rugby player Cameron Sheperd attended the Jakarta Komodos Junior Rugby (JKJR) Club training at Jagorawi on Saturday, supported by the British Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia (Britcham). The young Komodos players were able to meet and speak with Cameron about what it’s like to play in a Rugby World Cup and had their photos taken with him.

As well as being a regular training session for the Komodos’ kids, a number of local school students attended, and Komodos Juniors and Persatuan Rugby Union Indonesia (PRUI) ran a ‘Get Into Rugby’’ session to teach them the basics of the game.

Cameron and the other coaches taught the new children skills such as catching and passing, avoiding defenders and working as a team. The session also had three girls from the British School Jakarta (BSJ) attend as new coaches of their local kid’s school. The girls are putting the kids through the Get Into Rugby program and at this special training session they were able to develop their coaching skills.

Britcham ran the session as part of their Sports Gala night event to celebrate the Rugby World Cup final that evening, and to support children playing rugby in Indonesia. Over the last 5 years, BritCham has supported 3,000 less fortunate children from Greater Jakarta and West Java. The projects have included coaching clinics and personal development involving 200 schools and sports, including football, cricket and rugby.

The training was a great way to inspire the Komodos juniors and to show them that they too can one day represent their national team in rugby.