Black Ferns forwards coach Wesley Clarke hosts training day in Whanganui

Wesley Clarke helped the Black Ferns win their sixth World Cup earlier this month. Photo / Bevan Conley

Black Ferns forwards coach Wesley Clarke was in Cooks Gardens this week to hold a training session for the girls, after helping his side win the 2021 World Cup.

Also on the pitch were Whanganui Rugby Secondary Schools and Women’s Development Officer and former Black Ferns rower Sosoli Talawadua.

She said around 35 girls participated, although some of the smaller ones were happier watching from the sidelines.

Around 35 girls took part in a rugby training session led by Black Ferns forwards coach Wesley Clarke.  Photo / Bevan Conley
Around 35 girls took part in a rugby training session led by Black Ferns forwards coach Wesley Clarke. Photo / Bevan Conley

“It was great to have the families there too.

“We wanted to put something behind the (World Cup) win. Wesley is based in Manawatū and was more than happy to come with us.

Clarke, the head coach of the Hurricanes Poua in Super Rugby Aupiki this season, has passed on tips on ball carrying, placement and kicking.

Wesley Clarke in action at Cooks Gardens.  Photo / Bevan Conley
Wesley Clarke in action at Cooks Gardens. Photo / Bevan Conley

He was also available to answer any questions put to him.

“Everyone was really having fun and laughing, with some rugby skills too,” Talawadua said.

Sosoli Talawadua (right) and Wesley Clarke answer students' questions.  Photo / Bevan Conley
Sosoli Talawadua (right) and Wesley Clarke answer students’ questions. Photo / Bevan Conley

“Wesley ties things together and makes it all go really well, all in one game.

“Without even knowing it, the girls are learning skills like stepping over the ball when they go to clean up a ruck.”

Wesley Clarke was the head coach of Hurricanes Poua for the inaugural Super Rugby Aupiki season.  Photo / Bevan Conley
Wesley Clarke was the head coach of Hurricanes Poua for the inaugural Super Rugby Aupiki season. Photo / Bevan Conley

Talawadua was part of the Black Ferns team that won the World Cup in 2017.

She returned to Whanganui in 2019 after playing six seasons with Waikato in the Farah Palmer Cup.

She was part of the Manawatū Cyclones team for 2022.

Wesley Clarke has passed on ball-carrying, kicking and positioning tips to Whanganui youngsters.  Photo / Bevan Conley
Wesley Clarke has passed on ball-carrying, kicking and positioning tips to Whanganui youngsters. Photo / Bevan Conley

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