MINING magnate and philanthropist Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest joined past and present rugby stars at the season launch of a Scarborough rugby club.
Wests Scarborough Rugby Union Club hosted a registration and tryout day at Bennett Park in Doubleview on Sunday, attracting more than 250 people.
Mr Forrest’s Minderoo Foundation has collaborated with Rugby WA to establish junior rugby development program RugbyRoos.
He was joined by former Western Force and Wallabies player Matt Hodgson and current Force players Brad Lacey and AJ Alatimu.
Mr Forrest gave a rousing speech on the day and espoused the importance of grassroots rugby.
“You are the future,” he told the young players in the crowd.
President Andrew Hubble said there were about 250 junior players currently registered at the club but more were welcome to join.
“The interest from our tryout rugby day was a great initiative in letting people know about the Wests Scarborough Rugby Union Club and what we stand for,” he said.