Ladies and gents, I’d like to introduce a man named Hugh Perrett.
For the uneducated (or those who have little care for club level rugby union), Hugh Perrett captains Eastwood in the Shute Shield competition in Sydney.
On Sunday, he led his team to a grand final less than 72 hours after losing his mother after a long illness.
Courage. Bravery. Passion. Selflessness. Inspirational. All these words come to mind.
Perrett has got to be one of the most underrated players in Australian rugby.
At a time when we have the media focussing on people who are selfish, attention-seeking and immature social media sellouts, we should celebrating people like Hugh Perrett.
Someone, someone, please give this man a contract for Super Rugby again. There is no way in the world he should be resigned to the waste paper basket of professional rugby.
Australian rugby needs someone liked Hugh Perrett in the Wallabies side, given its present form.
Next Saturday, Eastwood play Sydney University in all four grades’ senior grand finals. Surely that’s some sort of record in itself.
My head says one result, my heart says another entirely.
No matter the result though, Hugh Perrett should take great pride in the way he carried himself and the role model he has painted himself to be for his teammates and the vast numbers of Eastwood juniors who play ‘the game they play in heaven’.