Rabbitohs rugby league player visits Butler College

Josh Cook from the South Sydney Rabbitohs working with Year 9 students from Butler College.  South Sydney Rabbitohs visits Butler College as part of its trip to Perth for the National Rugby League NRL 9s Competition at HBF Park on February 13 and 14. Pictures: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d498003
Josh Cook from the South Sydney Rabbitohs working with Year 9 students from Butler College. South Sydney Rabbitohs visits Butler College as part of its trip to Perth for the National Rugby League NRL 9s Competition at HBF Park on February 13 and 14. Pictures: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d498003

YOUNG rugby league players at Butler College got to meet a Sydney-based professional player ahead of this weekend’s National Rugby League 9s competition in Perth.

The Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs were originally due to visit the northern suburbs school on February 12, however flight delays cancelled their visit and South Sydney Rabbitohs player Josh Cook stepped in.

The college’s rugby league coordinator Leon Puletaha said the eastern states teams were in Perth to take part in games at HBF Park on February 13 and 14.

“They had announced earlier last year that Perth would be a venue for some of their NRL games this year, which is exciting for them and our Perth sporting communities,” he said.

“This is an exciting opportunity for our aspiring rugby league students to meet some of today’s stars of the game.”

Josh Cook from the South Sydney Rabbitohs with Year 9 students from Butler College.

Mr Puletaha said the visit gave students an opportunity to talk to a player, practise and display their own skills.

He said there were more than 90 students involved in rugby league through the school curriculum this year

“The program has been developing well over the past three years, with Butler College challenging and claiming at least five year level championships over other Rugby League specialist schools,” he said.

“We will be striving strong and hard to claim the Year 8, 9 and 10 Rugby League Championships this year.”

Year 9 students from Butler College in action.