Students at Pesega College are unlikely to forget yesterday in a hurry.
It was when stars of the Queensland Reds descended upon the school not just for training but also an opportunity to share their skills with future stars of the game.
Despite their tight schedule, Queensland Reds made time to offer some advice and motivate more than 20 young boys at the Pesega field. Some of the kids had missed the bus going home after waiting but for them it was worth it.
Kolone Ulugia, 16, of Vailoa said he was stoked when he found out that Reds star, Quade Cooper, was coming to his school. He got a chance to meet him.
Cooper was just as excited about the meeting.
“I’m excited,” Cooper said. “Although training is training but it’s good to spend some time with the kids who are into football.”
Australian High Commissioner, Sue Langford, attended the clinic and commended the team for making the time with the children.
Reds Captain, Samu Kerevi, said nothing beats sharing with young players after a long hard training.
“At the end of the day, seeing big smiley faces of the kids that we hang out with is actually fun and fulfilling.
“Some of the kids missed the bus to go home, to stay behind but this is important giving back to the community through having clinics to hang with them.”
As for preparations for the Blues, Kerevi told the Samoa Observer they had a “good first day of training.”
“We have to get used to the weather and that the ball being more slippery.”
Kerevi said the Reds are keen to make up for their loss against the Western Force last week.
He said they have been instructed to stay hydrated given the weather as they are sweating a lot.
Aside from that, he said: “Samoa is a beautiful country and the people are beautiful.
“Samoans are really open arm type of people from the time we landed here.
“The weather is perfect for us we just have to adapt to it when it comes to the game this week.”