Unique competition aims to find rugby union’s next big thing here in Penrith

In what could resemble the plotline of a reality show or Hollywood movie, the Penrith Emus Rugby Club are on the hunt for the game’s next superstar player, and it could be you.

In conjunction with the Western Weekender, the Emus are searching for rugby’s next big thing with the local club launching their ‘Search for a Superstar’ competition, in which one player will win a paid contract with the Emus as well as the right to train with the NSW Waratahs.

President of the Penrith Emus, Jim Hook, said the club’s main purpose is to develop players and guide them to that next level.

“We’d like to see a local player get an opportunity to step up and play not only for us at the regional level but have an opportunity to play Super 15 or possibly higher,” he said.

In what’s understood to be a first in NSW Rugby, the Emus will put eligible players through their paces to make sure they have the right candidate who can one day develop into an international star.

“Both coach Teki and I will oversee the project and will be putting players through certain testing criteria to see how they go in terms of their physical and mental toughness at playing sport at that level,” Mr Hook said.

“They’ll first be given an opportunity to make grade at our club, then will be given an opportunity to train with the Waratahs and see how they go from there. The world’s their oyster, basically.”

Interested players will need to register with the Emus as soon as possible with the competition set to finish up prior to the start of the Shute Shield season on March 29.

You could be the next big star at the Penrith Emus thanks to a unique competition. So dust off the boots and prepare yourself, because who knows, you could be about to run onto the field for the Emus at some stage in 2014!

For more information or to register contact Jim Hook on 0412 661 655 or coach Teki Tuipolotu on 0404 133 993.

You can also email news@westernweekender.com.au if interested .