A few lucky bidders could be buying more than just bulls at the upcoming Milwillah Angus bull sale at Young.
Four successful purchasers will also be taking home a Wallabies player, thanks to a unique opportunity as a result of the team’s close friendship with Milwillah’s Will Caldwell.
Mr Caldwell, a former NSW Waratahs second rower, has named four bulls after Wallabies players and has arranged for his Wallabies mates to conduct coaching clinics at regional rugby union clubs.
The successful purchasers of the bulls – named after Rocky Elsom, Berrick Barnes, Benn Robinson and Dave Dennis – will also take home the opportunity to have the respective players travel to a club of their choice for a coaching clinic.
“These boys in particular love the country, and I think the country kids will get a lot out of it,” Mr Caldwell said.
“When I first got home (from playing for the Waratahs, in 2010) that world just seemed a long way away.
“With my experience there though, I can link the country to the city.”
Mr Caldwell had to leave the Waratahs quite suddenly after being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease – which he has now fully recovered from – but has retained firm friendships with the Australian team.
“The guys love getting out in the country and love country kids – Robbo (Benn Robinson) was out at the sale last year and the country people really loved it, and vice versa,” he said.
“I find a little goes a long way; and I think rugby union provides a really good grounding for life.”
Mr Caldwell said he hoped to have the players at the bull sale, and that he also hoped the initiative could grow into something that he could tie a charity into.
“It would be great if we can further develop this to help a charity; I got a bit of a feel for it (giving back) when I played and it’s something I’m really passionate about.
“If we can keep kids in the game and outside, rather than playing on a computer, that’s even better.”