Emerging prop Cameron Orr has taken home the prestigious Spirit of Weary Dunlop award in recognition for his outstanding contribution to the Club both on and off the field.
Since joining the Rebels at the start of this year’s pre-season, Orr has quickly established himself as one of the most popular and well-respected figures down at the Stockade.
Orr says being recognised as the 2020 Spirit of Weary Dunlop recipient was “very humbling” and provided a special moment from what was his debut season as a fully fledged Super Rugby player.
“This is an award that represents a little bit more than just the on the field stuff, so it’s nice to be recognised as a good bloke around the team and add value outside of the rugby field as well,” stated Orr.
“I’m incredibly honoured to have received this award, especially with such a good bunch of blokes as well.
“A lot of other boys could’ve gotten this as well, so I’m extremely humbled.”After debuting against the Sunwolves in Round One of Super Rugby, the prop quickly became a regular feature in the match day 23.
Orr says his first season of Super Rugby has been full of great highlights and one he’s enjoyed every moment of – despite the extraordinary circumstances.
“It was a unique year and we spent a lot of time away from home and we really grew more into our own families - a few babies in there and a few parents – but it’s been really good.
“Every day has been a highlight – it’s been so good to be around everyone and it’s been made even better with some of the victories we’ve had.
“But that game against the Brumbies where we came out winning in the wet and played some really good footy and everything came together that we put on the training paddock, so that’s definitely one of my highlights.”
After playing for multiple clubs across Australia and overseas, Orr believes what’s made his experience with the Rebels particularly memorable has been the club’s strong culture and a collective commitment to growing everyday – personally and professionally.
“The Rebels have such a big mix of all these different cultures but are just so connected.
“From staff to players, there’s just really good bonds and connections between everyone and that makes it really special and a place where you can feel safe but also push yourself to the limits.
“There's a really strong growth mindset in this team and every guy here is aspirational.”