AFL premiership winner Jared Crouch believes junior rugby players at Knox Grammar School would make a comfortable transition to Australian Rules.
Crouch, who played in the Sydney Swans’ 2005 premiership team dropped into the Wahroonga school Wednesday 10 August to pass on some tips to more than 130 rugby players in Year 8.
The 33-year-old said he was impressed by the kicking skills of the boys, many of whom were kicking an Australian Rules football for the first time.
‘‘There was a lot of good talent there, the boys picked up the skills very quickly,’’ he said.
‘‘Their kicking skills weren’t too bad.’’
Under Crouch’s watchful eye, the boys went through kicking drills aimed at improving their techniques and accuracy.
Swans Academy Manager Chris Smith was also there to identify future players for the club’s development academy.
Barker College rugby player Eugene Kruger was recruited by the Swans last year.
The Swans run a number of coaching clinics throughout the year and visit schools through their Team Swans schools program.
Crouch, who is a Swans reserves coach, played 223 games for Sydney from 1996 to 2008 including a record 194 consecutive games in the AFL.
‘‘There was an element of luck in that, but I was someone who put 100 per cent into being an AFL player,’’ he said.
‘‘I wasn’t there for a good time, I was there to be successful on the football field and that is what enabled me to play so long.’’
The former two-time Australian International Rules representative said the seventh-placed Swans could surprise the leading teams in the finals.
‘‘It’s a big ask to beat Collingwood and Geelong at the moment, they’re the best sides in the competition,’’ he said.
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