Community engagement and giving back the aim for Classic Wallabies' Moree visit

LEGEND: Classic Wallabies general manager Justin Harrison is looking forward to visiting Moree and the wider region
LEGEND: Classic Wallabies general manager Justin Harrison is looking forward to visiting Moree and the wider region

Justin Harrison. Radike Samo. Mat Rogers. Lote Tuqiri. They're just a handful of the names that will be visiting Moree in three weeks time when the Classic Wallabies come to town.

The Moree Weebolla Bulls Rugby Union Club will host the Classic Wallabies for a couple of exhibition matches on March 23.

The Wallabies will go up against a Central North invitational side, with a women's match between the Classic Wallaroo's and the Central North Barbarians as well as a trial between The Southport School (TSS) and Toowoomba Grammar School to be played beforehand. 

Additionally, they will also be running a number of clinics in the area - including Inverell, Warialda and Goondiwindi - in the week leading up to the game before visiting all schools in Moree on Friday, March 22. 

General manager Justin Harrison said the Classic Wallabies is all about giving back to the community and providing ex-players pathways to stay involved in the game of rugby.

"It's largely focused on engaging and keeping active with every past national rugby union player," he said.

"It's a probably a program that we're looking to use as a vehicle to engage with the community and the past national players that have invested in the game and are wanting to remain connected to it and remain a part of the community.

"Engaging in as many communities in Australia as we can and use it as a vehicle to reconnect with past national players and get them involved and get them to areas that don't get the main flow of professional rugby."

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It will be the first time the Classic Wallabies have visited this area but Harrison says they're really excited to see what Moree and the region has to offer.

"I think rural Australia form an Australian rugby point of view and a Classic Wallabies point of view has been the lifeblood of Australian rugby.," he said.

"Rural is the most energetic to engage with rugby, got a lot of tradition with the image of rugby and the respect that rugby generates has a lot of synergy with the way country people represent themselves every day.

"We're very much looking forward to surrounding ourselves in that environment."

Former Wallabies captain Stephen Moore in action for the Classic Wallabies against the Central West Barbarians in November 2018.

Former Wallabies captain Stephen Moore in action for the Classic Wallabies against the Central West Barbarians in November 2018.

When it comes to the big game itself, Harrison wanted to make one thing clear.

"It's important that we recognise the expectation of the performance on the field is somewhat lowered," he laughed.

"The focus is on getting around the family rugby environment, remind ourselves this is a powerful vehicle for the wellbeing of past national players but also country areas.

"There's some people going through some extremely tough times, we can throw an arm around some of those people.

"We're looking forward to getting in and amongst some of the most passionate areas of Australian rugby in the country."