Wallabies Wycliff Palu, recovering from a knee reconstruction, and Tatafu Polota-Nau, almost recovered from an ankle injury, were popular guests at a fundraising day for the Upper Horton Pony Club at Upper Horton last Saturday week.
Wet and cold weather did not deter the enthusiasm of the 50 youngsters who turned up for an afternoon of rugby coaching with the two Wallabies. They were accompanied by rugby development officer, Stephen O’Brien and Waratahs manager, Chris Webb.
The Wallabies proved very popular visitors with the locals. An amusing highlight of the evening was an arm-wrestling contest between Peter Southwell and Cliff Palu. Both men put on a good show, with Mr. Southwell emerging as the winner.
Missing the opportunity to learn a few rugby tips, but a guest at the dinner at the club that night was Senator John Williams. The Senator, an Aussie rules diehard fan, appeared to enjoy the company of the Wallabies.
The Upper Horton Pony Club will next year host the Zone 8 Jamboree, and have enbarked on a fund-raising venture to improve facilities at the Sports Ground.