Trans-Tasman kayakers inspire Waratahs



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James Castrission and Justin Jones, the first kayakers to successfully paddle from Australia to New Zealand, addressed the HSBC Waratahs today ahead of this week’s clash with the Cheetahs.

Both big rugby fans, James ‘ a flanker ‘ and Justin ‘ a hooker ‘ are old school mates of Will Caldwell and Tom Carter, and today spoke to the team of their 63 days spent crossing the Tasman Sea.

After reaching the halfway point in just 17 days, the pair spoke of how it took a further 46 to complete the journey, having to endure going around in circles and being pushed backwards by adverse weather conditions.

‘Phil Waugh asked us the question ‘did you feel like chucking it in then’, and we just told him we looked at each other, knew we were both in this together and nothing was going to stop us fulfilling our goal,’ said James.

‘Maybe in some small way showing the guys how we overcame the hard times during our trip might help them overcome any hurdles they face during the Super 14,’ added Justin.

Justin and James were presented with Waratahs team gear this morning, and having sat in the players’ dugout during the round four victory over the Brumbies, today the pair were given season tickets for the remainder of the 2008 campaign.




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