Rookie camp to wrap up in Sydney

Around 80 Toyota Cup players from the Sharks, Roosters, Eels, Bulldogs, Wests Tigers and Panthers will head to Sydney University Village this weekend for the final round of the Toyota Cup Rookie Camps.

It is the third induction camp held as part of the Toyota Cup Rookie Camp program that runs over two weeks in both Queensland and New South Wales and forms part of the NRL’s ongoing commitment to player welfare and education.

The program will see 240 young stars of tomorrow put through intensive training in the areas of media, cultural awareness, drugs and alcohol, social media, money matters, community work, social responsibility and personal presentation.

“Each session was co-facilitated by a current or former NRL player who gave their first-hand experience on the path each of these players could take,” Paul Heptonstall, the NRL’s senior Education and Welfare manager, told NRL.com.

"We have already seen players such as Tariq Sims, Kieran Foran and Daly Cherry-Evans make huge impressions on both the first grade and representative stages since learning their trade in the Toyota Cup.

"Over 1.1 million fans in Australia and New Zealand watched as the Warriors beat the Cowboys 31-30 in golden point extra-time in the 2011 Toyota Cup Grand Final proving the increasing popularity of the ground-breaking competition."