Tuesday 4 April, 2017
There will be a hint of nostalgia in the air this weekend as former ACT Brumbies player and current OzChild staffer Jone Tawake takes to the field for a special rugby union legends game in Canberra.
Sporting his famous number 8, Jone, a Case Manager Foster Care based at OzChild’s ACT office, will take up his flanker position for the clash between the Brumbies Legends and the Reds Barbarians at GIO Stadium in Canberra. The game is part of the Brumbies Retro Round.
Before coming to work at OzChild’s new office in the ACT, Jone had a stellar career playing rugby union for over ten years both in Australia and overseas. Jone played for the Brumbies and the NSW Waratahs before heading to Japan to play with Secom and France to play with Narbonne, Bourg en Bress and RC Toulon. Jone was part of the Wallabies World Cup Squad 2003 and 2007 but due to major injuries was not able to participate.
Jone said as a member of a successful rugby union team, it was important to respect and support his fellow team mates so they could all reach their full potential.
“I enjoyed my time playing with Brumbies and the opportunities it opened up for me,” Jone said.
“I now want to give back to the community through my work with the kids and families I am involved with at OzChild and the Brumbies Talent Academy.
“At the Academy I am helping to develop the next generation of rugby player – to be a role model: likewise at OzChild I work with kids who need a role model, a bit of respect and a safe home so they too can have their chance to shine.”
Jone with take to the field on Saturday night sporting a special head protector in orange featuring the OzChild logo. He also proudly posed in a specially commissioned OzChild training top for a media call to promote the event earlier this week.
“I am very happy to be part of this Legends game so I can lift the profile of OzChild in the ACT,” Jone said.
Watch Jone’s Brumbies media call