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Wests Tigers were joined by a special group of juniors on the team's recent tour to Tamworth - the U/16s Cubs.

Some of our most talented young players from the Balmain and Western Suburbs catchment areas were selected to travel with the team as part of the Wests Tigers Cubs program.

The trip was designed to unite players from both junior systems to foster connections that will continue to grow as they develop through the pathways and into the NRL.

The journey was the second Cubs trip of the year after the U/18s embarked on a Cultural and Development tour of New Zealand ahead of the club’s Round 16 clash with the Warriors.

While in Tamworth, the Cubs joined their NRL counterparts to deliver a community clinic in Gunnedah.

Wests-Macarthur Football Manager Shannon Gallant joined the boys on the road and said that it was an eye-opening experience for many of the Cubs.

“Hopefully it provides them with an insight into what it takes to be an NRL player and it gives them the aspiration to achieve that goal.”

The Cubs were then given a cultural tour of the Kamilaroi region by Uncle Len Waters, who provided a Welcome to Country before taking the boys through a traditional smoking ceremony.

Uncle Len shared a number of Dreamtime stories and delivered a special message to the boys as they prepare to enter the next phase of their careers.

I want them to go out and pursue their dreams, enjoy their dreams and leave a legacy for someone else coming along, because they might want to be like you one day.”

Uncle Len

To round out a successful trip, the Cubs defeated the Greater Northern Tigers 36-8 in front of a growing crowd on Saturday afternoon at Scully Park.

After the match, Cubs Head Coach Chris Crotty stated that his team bonded really well, played as one squad and treated the victory as a nice bonus to round out a terrific weekend.

“We had some really good efforts from some of our boys and they should be proud of their performance.”

Acknowledgement of Country

Wests Tigers respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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