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Bond attracts international professional rugby teams

BOND University is leading the way in their new sports delivery strategy that offers world class high performance facilities, which are attracting attention from sporting organisations from around the country and overseas.

The Australian Rugby Union(ARU) under 20s side will have their first training camp at Bond University from April 29 to May 5 before they travel to France for the IRB Junior World Championship in June.

Papua New Guinea’s National side arrived last week for their training camp from April 24 until May 4.

The two teams have scheduled a trial game when they cross over at Bond University on Thursday May 2 at 3pm.

Last month Bond University hosted the Super 15 Rugby team The Bulls training camp prior to their game Queensland Reds and on May 7 and 8 Super 15 Rugby team, the Sharks from Durban currently the top placed South African team, will train and prepare at Bond University ahead of their weekend clash against the Reds.
 
The professional rugby teams will have access to and benefit from the University’s new high-performance sports facilities and the re-energised and reconstructed sports fields. They will also have accommodation available, use of the lecture rooms and the recovery facilities, gym and pool.

Another draw card for the professional teams is the ‚ÄėBond Institute of Health and Sport‚Äô. Formerly the ‚ÄėCentre of Excellence‚Äô at Robina, the Bond Institute of Health and Sport is set to open in May with students being taught from the world-class facility. Sporting groups will have access to leading sport scientists and sport testing facilities.¬†

Bond University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor, Pathways and Partnerships Ms Catherine O’Sullivan says partnering with professional teams for their rugby camps offered mutual benefits.

‚ÄúHaving the ability to provide world-class training facilities and hospitality to these professional sporting teams provides a unique experience for their competition preparation, but also phenomenal real world experience for Bond students who are exposed to these athletes,‚ÄĚ she said.
 

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