Australian Deaf Rugby embarks on landmark tour

By Henry Jacobs The Australian Deaf Rugby side will embark on a landmark tour of Samoa this week, kick starting a two-year period that will see the side tour three separate continents. The opportunity to represent Australia provides players with a unique chance to express themselves in ways that many thought were impossible. “Deaf rugby is such a genuinely good thing, a lot of the players didn’t believe they could compete in a contact sport and it's such an important thing for not only them but their families as well,” Australian flanker Dave Kearsey said. “The biggest barrier we have is just reaching the potential deaf players so we can raise the profile and get our name out there…we need anyone with a severe hearing disability to know that playing rugby for their country is available." The side will become the first Australian national rugby team to play in Samoa when it travels to Apia to take on the Samoan deaf side at the new Apia Park Stadium on June 6. A week lat
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