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Super Rugby captain shares knowledge with Dalby players

TOP TUTOR: Chiefs captain Craig Clarke runs some Dalby players through a coaching clinic.
TOP TUTOR: Chiefs captain Craig Clarke runs some Dalby players through a coaching clinic. Contributed

THE Dalby Wheatmen have been injected with a fresh dose of inspiration for next season after a visit from a Super Rugby champion.

Craig Clarke, who took the Waikato Chiefs to victory in the 2012 Super Rugby competition, took time out from his off-season holiday to speak to budding union players in Dalby.

Clarke and his fiancé were in town visiting relatives, but found time to come down to the club on Saturday afternoon.

Miserable weather didn't deter around 40 players from spending a couple of hours with Clarke, who took them through some light drills before speaking about different rugby topics.

Wheatmen chairman Terry Deacon spoke highly of Clarke, and said while the two-metre tall second-rower was quietly spoken, he certainly commanded a presence at the club.

"It was great for him to mingle with people from the club," Deacon said.

"He was a great role model for the boys in speaking about fitness and diet.

"He admitted he still went to McDonalds, but told the guys it was all about what they wanted to get out of it."

Deacon said many of the juniors were able to relate to Clarke as he was brought up on a dairy farm and made his way through school and provincial rugby.

"All the kids will watch him with interest on TV next season now," Deacon said.

Players from under 12 and under 17 ages groups dominated attendance, while senior players were also there to see Clarke.

The club presented Clarke with a pair of Wheatmen shorts, a tie and a jacket.



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