Caboolture Rugby Union has announced a major boost for rugby in the Caboolture area, with former Australian Wallaby star Steve Kefu joining the club as their new Development Officer.
With six Wallaby caps to his name, and stints in the Super Rugby, Top 14, Premiership and Heineken Cup competitions, Kefu said he was excited to share his passion for rugby at the grassroots level.
“I’m originally from Souths Rugby Union and the culture’s really strong,” Mr Kefu said.
“I’ve been there since I was six years old and I want to be able to be able to bring that same culture into Caboolture and build it up, similar to Souths, and let kids have a taste of it because it’s amazing,” commented Mr Kefu.
With over six year’s coaching experience in Australia, France and Japan, coupled with a professional career that spanned 15 years and six Wallaby caps, Steve knows the ins and outs of rugby.
Caboolture Rugby Junior President, Richard Thompson said Steve brings with him, a vast array of knowledge from both sides of the game as a player and coach.
“He is heavily invested in making the club’s strategic vision and goals a reality,” Mr Thompson said.
“He has already set in place coaching sessions and structures to allow volunteer mums and dads the ability to coach correctly and safely.
“We’ve really been working on safety from day one, so if mums and dads are a bit worried about safety they can come down on a Friday night and see what we do.”
Kefu will also be directly involved in implementing government-funded initiative ‘Get into Rugby’ into local primary and high schools on behalf of Caboolture Rugby Union.
Caboolture Rugby is one of 35 clubs nationally that are involved in the rollout of ‘Get into Rugby Clubs’; a user pay experience to try rugby and sign up to a club if they enjoy it.
Caboolture Rugby Manager John Flew confirmed that the addition of Kefu would be a major boost for the club’s senior ranks.
“It’s is very exciting to see the club commit to the goals that have been set out. Investing in someone like Steve is a great step in the right direction and it’s a very exciting time for the club.
“Our senior teams go back into the Sunshine Coast Competition this year, where we tasted success in 2012.
“It enables all our teams Colts, Women’s and two Grade sides to travel and play at the same venues most weeks.
“This will help us build a club culture that can inspire the next generation, as they compete in Premier Rugby in the coming years.
Mr Flew confirmed the club’s major goal for the was a transition to the Brisbane Premier Rugby division for their senior sides by 2022
“With Steve’s help, along with the redevelopment of the Petersen Road facilities, this goal is one step closer.”
Caboolture Rugby is currently welcoming new players in all age groups.
Registrations can be completed through the Rugby Xplorer app on a smartphone with junior team training sessions commencing on Friday 22nd February from 6pm at Petersen Road.
For more information visit www.cabrugby.org.au or call (07) 5498 6400.
Pictured Left to Right: Indianna Blewett, Lucas Blewett, Richard Thompson (Junior President), Steve Kefu (Administration & Development Officer), Sam Hoffman, & John Flew (Rugby Manager).