Toyota Cup Rookie Camp moves to Brisbane
The second wave of the NRL’s brightest Rugby League prospects will get their first taste of what it takes to be a Telstra Premiership player when the annual Toyota Cup Rookie Camps move to Brisbane this weekend. <br><br> It will be the second of three Toyota Cup Rookie Camps being held over three consecutive weekends, following the first camp in Brisbane last weekend and the final two-day intensive induction course in New Zealand for the first time from December 11-12. <br><br> Tomorrow's camp will involve over 70 players from the Titans, Broncos, Cowboys, Knights and Raiders; and the final camp will include players from the Storm, Warriors, Sharks, Roosters and Sea Eagles. <br><br> During the three-week period 240 players entering the Toyota Cup next season will be taken through extensive training in media, cultural awareness, drugs and alcohol, social media, money matters, community work, social responsibility and personal presentation. <br><br> It is the unique combination of the induction camps, on-going education initiatives and a ground breaking Toyota Cup competition that includes mandated non-training days and a “no work/study - no play rule” that sets the NRL program apart. <br><br> “It is a platform to prepare the future stars of our game for the challenges that confront modern-day athletes and, most importantly, to build a rewarding career for life after football,” said NRL CEO David Gallop. <br><br> “One of the great strengths of our game is that local kids can become local heroes and the Toyota Cup provides an exciting pathway for them to do it. <br><br> “The Toyota Cup has transformed the way our next generation of NRL stars prepares for careers both on and off the field and I wish to thank Toyota for their ongoing support for a competition unique in Australian sport.” <br><br> The competition has already proved to be a great pathway for the next rugby league superstars with an average of 53 players each year making the jump to the NRL. <br><br> The likes of Chris Sandow, Lachlan Coote and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves have already made a huge impression in the game’s elite competition after first learning their wares in the Toyota Cup. <br><br> The popularity of the competition is also on the rise with approximately 930,000 fans tuning in to watch the Warriors defeat the Rabbitohs 42-28 in the 2010 Toyota Cup Grand Final.