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This Sunday is the launch of the Tech Waratahs initiative #talk2mebro. A special VIP Event is on at the North Gong Hotel from 4PM through to 6PM. Everyone is welcome, for further details go to 2018 23 talk2mebro

It will be a big day for Jay Spencer on the 17th June at Camden Rugby Park, where it all began for the Camden Front Rower. Jay will be one of eight Illawarriors running out for the Country Cockatoos opening match of the season against the Brumbies Provincial side. Jay played a big role in the Illawarriors Caldwell Cup campaign and thoroughly deserves his call up to the Cockatoos. It will be a huge thrill for the young prop to wear the famous Cockatoos jersey onto his home ground. There’s sure to be plenty of Rams there to help him celebrate this huge milestone.

Some great news coming out of NSW Rugby during the week with the announcement of a new development program to be run in association with the States seven Sports High Schools including Illawarra Sports High at Berkeley. NSW Rugby Union coaching staff will be traveling down to the Illawarra to work with the Schools Rugby Squad and Coaches. The squad members will also get the chance to attend training camps and seminars run by NSW Rugby. There will also be a strong emphasis on a mentoring program for local coaches by NSW coaching staff to help improve the overall quality of coaching available to local players. Definitely a move in the right direction.

The NSW Waratahs did enough in attack to win their match with the Chiefs last week. Unfortunately they also made enough handling and defensive errors to lose the match. The tries scored by Cam Clark, Curtis Rona and Kurtley Beale were just brilliant but a couple of the Chiefs tries were just too soft, coming as a result of some poor Waratahs defense. The Waratahs are hanging onto the top spot on the Aussie Conference by just one point over the Rebels, going into this weeks must win match with the Reds in Brisbane on Saturday night. My tips for this week’s short round after six out of seven last week: Hurricanes, Blues, Crusaders, Waratahs and Brumbies.

Some big results last week locally and with the draw between Shoalhaven and Bowral, the top four remains intact. Vikings strong win over Kiama now has them just two points out of the top four with their match up this week with neighbors Tech Waratahs the Match of the Round. Avondale are at home at Gerry Capetta Oval to Shoalhaven and should be too strong for Shoalies to retain the competition lead. Avondale to win. Camden and Bowral meet at Camden Rugby Park with a later start time of 4.45 for first grade. Despite a good win for the Rams over Campbelltown last week I think they will struggle with the Blacks. Bowral to win. Campbelltown host University and will need to produce a miracle here to get the competition points. University to win well. Kiama are home to Shamrocks and it’s hard to get an accurate line on this one with both sides conceding heaps of points last week. The Rocks should however be able to more than match what the Cows can muster here. Shamrocks to win. Match of the Round is at Saunders Oval for the third week in a row with Tech Tahs up against Vikings. It’s always a tough one between these two and I’m expecting that this one will be no different with both sides showing plenty over the last couple of weeks. The Blueys are getting some of their more experienced players back on deck and I think they can get the points here in a close one. Vikings to win.

All opinions offered in this column are the opinion of the author. They should not be considered to represent the views of the IDRU.

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