NRL Experience Benefits Riverina and Monaro Academies

Updated: December 4, 2018
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Ex-NRL stars Jamie Lyon, Michael Robertson and Shane Rodney were on hand last weekend to help train the Andrew Johns and Laurie Daley Cup teams in the Riverina and Monaro Academies.

Origin, Kangaroos and Premiership-winning NRL player Jamie Lyon said it was a great opportunity to give back and believes it is important to be involved with the next generation of country players.

“Myself and Michael are from country areas and Shane is Western Sydney but that’s where a lot of kids are from, out in the bush, so it’s always good to give them a hand,” Lyon said.

“I’m from Wee Waa and its definitely Country Rugby League out there, so it’s always good to give back.”

Lyon believes having players like himself, Robertson and Rodney share their wealth of Rugby League knowledge was of benefit to both the teams and the coaching staff.

“Even just giving a couple more ideas to those guys to organise their training and that sort of thing; I’m always looking for more stuff to work on at training so it’s good to have that information.”

Riverina Laurie Daley Cup player James Morgan said the knowledge passed onto him and his team mates from Lyon, Robertson and Rodney will be helpful for the upcoming representative season.

“It was really good, they helped us with some ball work and we did some drills,” Morgan said.

“We learnt some new things as well, just with timings and how to work with the ball differently.”


Monaro Academy Operation Manager, John Hawke said the experience was invaluable, and was useful to the players as well as the coaching staff.

“They were some of the best ex-NRL players we’ve had in terms of how nice they were, the level they spoke at with the players and the way they engaged the players, it was fantastic,” Hawke said.

“The older boys tended to know who they were more than the younger ones but once we introduced them and told them what these guys had done in their Rugby League careers their eyes lit up,”

“The staff got as much out of it as the players did; their eyes were lighting up just as much as the players because they just learn so much from these guys.”

The Andrew Johns and Laurie Daley Cup representative season will kick off in February 2019.