Slipping his way into Bundy
THROUGH the frustration of injury, Queensland Reds captain James Slipper has found a silver lining.
Slipper was in Bundaberg on Saturday putting the region's juniors through their paces in the Rookies to Reds clinic held at Salter Oval.
Running drills on passing, tackling and running, the children got some valuable lessons from the Wallaby and former Queensland Red Sam Cordingley.
"The program is meant to be a lot of fun for the kids,” Slipper said.
"It's been good to come to Bundaberg.
"It's a great little town and the people are nice and friendly, for the first time I like it.”
Slipper is out for the rest of the season, for both the Reds and Wallabies, after rupturing his Achilles tendon in March in South Africa.
The 85-game player for Australia said it had been one of his toughest seasons to date after also seeing the Reds struggle in the Super Rugby competition.
"It's been a real challenge and probably one of the harder challenges of my career,” he said.
"A positive though is I have been able to come into communities.”
Slipper said the injury had taken him to some of the best places in regional Queensland.
"I've been to Townsville, Toowoomba, Cherbourg, Murgon and I've come here to Bundy and I've really enjoyed myself,” he said.
"Finding that balance between playing and being grounded and getting back to grass roots has been something I've really enjoyed.”
Slipper is expected to be back in action for Queensland next year in Super Rugby.