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Western Sydney inspired by Qantas Wallaby for Finals

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By Patrick Foulkes

The Western Sydney U17s side have had a visit from one of the Parramatta Two Blues own in Qantas Wallaby, Tatafu Polota-Nau who visited the side at training on Wednesday.   

The team was preparing for the Southern Conference Final of the BMW JGC which will take place at TG Milner, Eastwood at 2pm on Sunday afternoon against the ACT. 

Polota-Nau surprised the team at training to wish them the best of luck and to meet the players who would be representing Western Sydney in the BMW Junior Gold Cup Finals.  

A stalwart of Rugby in Sydney’s West Tatafu had drafted a letter that went to each player focusing on the team’s journey to the Final and wishing them the best for the match. 

For the young Western Sydney side, it was a great opportunity to meet one of their Wallaby heroes as U17s Head Coach, Jack Lloyd attested: “Our guys got an amazing kick out of Tatafu’s visit and it was a real surprise for them. 

“The team has been working really hard since we started pre-season in November and for them to have come this far, has been a credit to the hard work they have put it.   

“Tatafu’s letter really touched the kids to meet their idol who came from the same part of Sydney they did, it simply transcends Rugby-It was just a really great moment.”  

The Western Sydney team won all five of its pool matches with a points difference of 120, the second best in the age group of the competition.  

In the Northern Conference Final on Tuesday Brisbane won the U17s against Western Australia in a tight 26-24 victory and in the U15s Western Australia defeated Brisbane City Gold 26-10. 

The winner of the Southern Conference Final in Sydney on Sunday will travel to Brisbane for the Junior Gold Cup U17s Final which will be a curtain raiser match to the Queensland Reds taking on the Waratahs at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Sunday 27 March.