Former NRL star Prince on his love for touch football
FORMER NRL star Scott Prince credits touch football with equipping him with the skills to represent his country in rugby league.
Prince played 300 NRL games for North Queensland Cowboys, Brisbane Broncos, Wests Tigers and Gold Coast Titans, played five State of Origin games for the Maroons and represented his country four times.
For the 36-year-old, that journey started on a Mt Isa touch football field.
"The backstory is I was introduced as an 11-year-old in Mt Isa," Prince said.
"At that point rugby league was slowly dying in Mt Isa so touch footy was my chosen sport.
"If it was professional back then I would've taken it up but certainly had the opportunity to play league."
"Thinking back now, my time spent in touch footy pre-league gave me the skills that carried over."
One of the keys for Prince, whose two daughters are playing for the Gold Coast at the Junior State Cup, is that he can continue playing touch well-beyond his rugby league retirement.
He will represent Queensland again later this year, but instead of smashing Paul Gallen's Blues he will line up alongside brother Stephen for touch football's State of Origin in Sydney.
After my career I'm still able to play the game," Prince said.
"My brothers play, my daughters play it - it's been a massive part in development and social.
"There's a great family feel, the amount of tournaments; it's great that everyone can play the game.
"Mums, dads grandparents can play. It's an amazing game that can keep you fit and healthy."
This is the second time Prince has visited Hervey Bay for the Junior State Cup, but the crafty playmaker was blown away by not only the enormity of the event, but the skill Queensland's junior stars had shown on the opening day.
"Hopefully the rain will stay away," he said.
"For the area, the economy here on the Fraser Coast. I'm amazed how many people are here and spending money with accommodation and coming here. It's all for touch footy which is what we're here for, and it brings communities together."
"I'm blown away by the amount of talent the kids running around in our game have. For the future of touch football Australia it's looking very bright."