Rats mark 30 years on the field

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RUGBY UNION: The River Rats are ready to cel­e­brate as the club hits its 30-year an­niver­sary.

Club pres­i­dent Neal Steven­son said the club kicked off in 1988 and ran for two years be­fore a hia­tus un­til 2011.

“So it hasn’t been a con­tin­u­ous 30 years but we’re still go­ing to com­mem­o­rate when we first had a go at rugby union in Chin­chilla,” Steven­son said.

The club is cel­e­brat­ing with a game against USQ in Chin­chilla on April 28, run in con­junc­tion with the Con­damine Cods.

“What we’re look­ing at is try­ing to get as many of the ex-River Rats play­ers back there on the day, as well as head­ing to the Club Ho­tel later on,” Steven­son said.

Steven­son, who has been the club pres­i­dent for five years, said the club was get­ting stronger, with many play­ers in the be­gin­ning think­ing “it’d only last a year”.

“But now it’s con­tin­ued on to more than that,” he said.

It’s a good re­sult for a rugby union club in a “solid league town”.

The River Rats play in the Downs Rugby com­pe­ti­tion in the C Grade.

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