23 March 2023

NRL legends hop into town for Kangaroos launch

| Glenn Pallister and Chris Roe
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Peter Stirling

Peter Stirling in his 80s heyday. Photo: NRL Hall of Fame.

This Friday night sees the season launch for the Wagga Kangaroos Senior Rugby League Club. And special guests for the night include former Footy Show host Daryl “The Big Marn” Brohman and Kangaroo old boy and rugby league legend Peter Sterling.

Sterlo spent several years in Wagga in the 1970s, living at the RAAF Base at Forest Hill where his father was posted and worked as a dental technician.

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He attended Kooringal High and played for the Wagga Wagga Kangaroo Panthers from 1974 to 1978.

“I’m looking forward to heading back to my old stomping ground, it’s been too long since being back,” Sterling said.

“Especially delighted that it’s an involvement with my old club, one that was responsible for guiding my playing to a point that saw a Sydney club interested in my services.

“I have never forgotten where I came from.”

Daryl Brohman

Daryl Brohman will join Peter Stirling to launch the Kangaroos’ season. Photo: Supplied.

While Sterlo is a proud former Kangaroo, “The Big Marn” loves a visit to Wagga – especially if he can catch up with old Canterbury-Bankstown teammate Chris Mortimer.

“Anywhere that they (the Mortimers) call home must be a great place!” he laughed.

The two legends will help launch the Kangaroos’ 2023 season.

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With new captain-coach Nathan Rose at the helm, the club has already tasted early success, being runners-up at the recent West Wyalong knockout.

The 27-year-old made the switch to the Kangaroos after steering Gundagai to success over Young in last year’s Group 9 decider where he also picked up his second best-and-fairest John Hill Medal.

Before taking on the role with the Tigers, Rose was captain-coach of Wagga’s South City Bulls in 2020 and 2021, and featured in a string of grand finals for the club.

Nathan Rose

Kangaroos’ new captain-coach Nathan Rose. Photo: Chris Roe.

With some other new players joining the side and strong depth at the club, president Peter Hurst is optimistic about the season ahead.

“We are hoping to continue our progression up the ladder in first grade as well as taking all other teams with them along the way,” he said, laying out the plan for the next few years.

“Our goal for 2023 is to be club champions and we would like to improve on first grade’s 5th position from 2022.

“The biggest thing at the club for us is culture and continuity and with Nathan Rose signing for 2023 and 2024 heads us in the right direction.”

Some tickets are still available via the Kangaroos’ website for what promises to be a fantastic night at the Wagga RSL Club on Friday.

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