When the odds are stacked against a rugby league player
A teenage rugby league recruit has been left with a “life-changing” debt after being unable to get a scholarship offer.
The 16-year-old was studying to become a nurse and was told the offer was “unpredictable”.
The girl had been told by her coach the scholarship would come after graduation but was then told it was “impossible” due to the odds.
The girl has now had to take out a court order to recover the scholarship from a rugby union club.
The 16 year old girl is now in debt and is living on welfare.
Her coach says he is “devastated” and is considering whether to leave the sport and take his career elsewhere.
“She has been in this country for 13 years and had a great education and had an opportunity,” the coach said.
Her parents, who did not want to be identified, say the girl has been struggling for months and was unable to complete her studies.””
If I don’t leave rugby league and go somewhere else, I’m just not going to be able to support her.”
Her parents, who did not want to be identified, say the girl has been struggling for months and was unable to complete her studies.
“This is going to hurt her for the rest of her life, it’s going to make it hard for her,” the mother said.
But the girl’s coach, Chris, said the odds were stacked against her.
He said he did not know if she could have secured a scholarship from another club and that she was left with the debt of almost $1,000.
Coach Chris said he was devastated and had lost all faith in the sport The club had not responded to the ABC.
Rugby league is in its fourth season after the introduction of a new draft in 2016.
Players are now required to complete two years of studies.
Many clubs and players have left the sport.
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