Sevens competition fosters young talent
WIDE Bay rugby union development officer Andrew Beattie has tipped a surge in player numbers ahead of the opening round of Friday Night Sevens in Urangan tonight.
Now in its third year, the nine-week competition, which is open to boys and girls' aged six to 17, had 198 players participate last year.
Beattie said the success of last year's seven-a-side competition had generated more interest.
"It's fast, it's seven minutes each way, it's entertaining and it's running rugby," he said.
Beattie said the league, which is run by Hervey Bay Junior Rugby Union Club, had the potential to become a breeding ground for future rugby talent.
Beattie believed there was a wealth of talent who could offer their skills at next year's country championships in Tieri.
"We want to establish a good core group of players so we can take more teams to Tieri next year," he said.
Friday Night Sevens starts at 5 o'clock tonight at the Walkers Rd rugby union grounds.
Registrations will be accepted at the first few rounds. For more information visit www.frasercoastrugby.com.au.