To prepare for the American Rugby World Championship, hosted for the first time by Australia, the Australian Sports Federation is actively looking for young stars representing Australia to compete. In the short term, Australia will invite the American Football League to come to friendly matches in the hope that the Australian team will learn more from American players.
Rustem Todd and Marcos Delana are attending a rehearsal session at the Sydney Sports Center South. They are doing a speed test on a dedicated device. These are professional American football players.
Todd’s father, an American of Australians, always encouraged his son to play this sport. This is why he was in the University of NSW Raiders team. For him, Rugby is not simply a sport.
“This is a thinking sport, you know? There are many things in this subject, forcing you to “brainstorm” while playing. You must move continuously to find ways to take down the enemy team. It is really hard, but very entertaining. It will be more interesting if you get to the game field.”
Marcos Delana: “This is an opportunity for me to bring glory to my country, and also an opportunity for my family to bloom.”
Meanwhile, Delana said, he was very pleased with the role of a defense for the Sydney University of Technology team. According to Delana, this is a team sport, requiring people to really focus and perform well their roles.
“I only have the task of breaking the opponent’s passes. We had midfield, with the goal of scoring. And I play the role of defender behind the lineup.”
In preparation for the World American Football League, held for the first time in Australia, many players had to work hard, hoping to be named in the national team and Australian representatives in the national arena.