Whatuira mentoring young Wests Tigers players
Thu 10th March, 01:35PM
Former Wests Tigers player Paul Whatuira spoke with the Club’s Holden Cup squad yesterday as he looks to share his knowledge with younger players and give back to the game of Rugby League.
Over the past few months, Whatuira has spoken with not only the Holden Cup squad, but also the SG Ball and Harold Matthews teams from Wests Magpies and Balmain Tigers.
The 2005 premiership-winning centre had an illustrious first grade career that spanned 11 seasons and included 16 Test Matches for New Zealand along the way.
“I was mainly just talking to them about looking after themselves,” Whatuira said. "If they want to cut-it in the high ranks then it’s a professional sport now so you have to look after yourself on and off the field.
"It’s all about an awareness of your surroundings, when you are out in the public, remembering that people are watching you and to look after yourself.
“You need to enjoy it as well though because not too many people get to play first grade, hopefully these guys will get their chance in a few years.”
Whatuira has been working closely with Career Coach Debbie Brewin from Wests Tigers’ Welfare and Education department.
Whatuira was also given the opportunity to present Club debutants Jordan Rankin, Tim Grant, Josh Aloiai and Jack Littlejohn with their jerseys before last weekend’s game against New Zealand.
Hear from Paul Whatuira in the Video above.