Ben Rogers and Knights support regional rugby league

Knights Ben Rogers travels to Peel School Rugby League Carnival tomorrow to support regional grassroots

The Coal & Allied Newcastle Knights five-eighth, Ben Rogers, will travel to Tamworth tomorrow, Saturday 18th June, to attend the 63rd Peel Schools Rugby League Carnival.

Out with a shoulder injury, Ben will be guest of honour over the carnival with a full itinerary to include meeting the local families, signing autographs and being part of the presentation ceremonies. Ben will also visit some of the local schools in the area to promote a healthy lifestyle and encourage kids in grassroots development.

"I think it's good to get out into country areas where there are a lot of young kids who want to come through to first grade, and hopefully they'll want to play for the Knights one day," said Ben.

The visit to support regional rugby league initiatives and youth development will also allow Ben some family time to catch up with his grandmother, aunty and uncle, who live in Tamworth.

"I enjoy getting out to that lovely part of the world and visiting my family, especially during my injury downtime."

48 teams will participate from over 17 schools, in six age divisions over the Primary School section on Saturday and the High School section, set for next Wednesday. Teams from areas including Singleton, Muswellbrook, Dubbo and Port Macquarie have registered to compete in the carnival.

Newcastle will be represented with a large contingent of officials, referees and teams travelling to Tamworth. Ben will also relish the opportunity to watch the Newcastle Knights' own junior, Sione Mata'utia, brother of Peter Mata'utia, compete in one of the three Hunter Sports High teams competing in the High School division.