Charles Sturt University (CSU) and the NSW Country Eagles are continuing their partnership in 2015 to help build community, aspiration and opportunity in regional NSW.
The CSU NSW Country Eagles will kick-start the year with a development tour in regional NSW in June and begin the National Rugby Championship (NRC) in August. The NRC, now in its second year, is the highest tier of competition below the international Super Rugby tournament. The CSU NSW Country Eagles will look to build on their strong showing in last year's inaugural season, when they narrowly missed out on a grand-final berth.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann said the partnership is an example of the University's commitment to advancing regional communities.
"This is an important way we can be part of supporting country people to develop a great initiative for our regions. There are active Charles Sturt University rugby teams in Bathurst, Wagga Wagga and Orange and the University is proud to be working with a team in the national competition," he said.
"University life is about forming well-rounded individuals who excel in all aspects of their lives, professional, sporting and cultural, and this relationship with a national-level sporting team is another way in which Charles Sturt University can create opportunities for our regions and students."
This year, the partnership will give CSU students the opportunity to participate in six internships with the club in the areas of media, sponsorship, physiotherapy, sports management, strength and conditioning, and coaching.
CSU NSW Country Eagles general manager and former Wallaby Mr James Grant believes this is a unique opportunity for the club and CSU students.
"We are inviting Charles Sturt University students to get hands-on, real world experience with the CSU NSW Country Eagles while providing invaluable support the club and players," Mr Grant said.
"As part of a national sporting competition the students will be working in a fast paced and challenging environment. This is a great opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and learn more about working in regional sports but as a club we're also going to benefit from working with regional NSW's best and brightest."
For more information about the CSU NSW Country Eagles please visit their website.