Zac Ready To Rumble for Canterbury

Updated: July 11, 2018

Country player Zac Rumble has signed an exciting three-year deal with the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs and believes the support he received through the CRL pathway helped him achieve his goal.

The West Belconnen Warriors Junior acknowledged his family and his town are thrilled he has signed with an NRL club but knows there is a lot of hard work ahead of him.

“I was a bit nervous going up there when I went and signed on Monday but after that all the stress was gone,” Rumble said.

“It’s quite different, but it’s a great feeling.

“It is an amazing accomplishment but there is a lot of work to be done.

“My family are all stoked; my Dad is a big footy fan so he absolutely loved it, Mum had a big smile on her face and my friends are all happy for me.

“Coota is really getting around me which is good to see, it just shows how wonderful Cootamundra is as a town.”

The 17-year-old began his Rugby League journey with the West Belconnen Warriors when he six year’s old, before playing for Yass and the Cootamundra Bulldogs, where he has played since starting High School.

Rumble’s 15-year-old brother Ben has also signed until 2021 with the Bulldogs High Performance Squad, so he can remain at home to finish school and Rumble says it makes his signing even more significant.

“It makes it all the more special to know that they’re willing to put us brothers through; we’ve got a younger brother, Toby, so who knows what will happen there.

“There are a lot of Country boys around the district that have High Performance contracts, so it’s a good thing for Benny.”

The skilled fullback has progressed through the CRL pathway and began representing Group 9 in the Under-14’s Country Championships in 2015 and has since been selected to play in the Under-15’s, 16’s and most recently played for Riverina in the Laurie Daley Cup this year.

The Cootamundra Bulldogs player admitted he learnt invaluable skills during his four representative years that helped him develop as a player and create lasting friendships along the way.

“I wouldn’t be in this spot without the CRL pathway.

“I played 16’s and I really developed; I met a lot of good boys and the coaching staff were great.

“Then I got a shot with the 18’s where Jarrod Crane put me in at fullback; I didn’t usually play there,  so he gave me a great opportunity.”

“I just had a great year and it pushed me into this Bulldogs thing…so I couldn’t have done it without them.

“When we went into camp before the games we’d all go into a room and just chill out and play cards so it was fun bonding with all the boys; that was probably the most memorable bit, I made some good friends and I still communicate with a lot of them.”

Hoping to join players such as Glen Buttriss and Jack de Belin in progressing from the Cootamundra Bulldogs to the NRL; Rumble’s current focus is cementing his position as fullback in the Canterbury Bulldogs SG Ball squad.

“They’re (Glen Buttriss and Jack de Belin) amazing players…you’ve just got to work hard but I guess it’s something that’s in reach now; I’ll need to put in a lot of hard work and we’ll see what happens.

“I’m hoping to secure a spot in the SG Ball team as fullback, have a really good year and then move into the 20’s and keep moving through to hopefully play first grade one day.”

Rumble will be moving to Sydney to October to train with the Bulldogs in preparation for the SG Ball competition, which kicks off in February 2019.