Port to host Rugby 7s this weekend
THE rugby sevens are on again, and will see 18 teams - 14 men’s and four women’s teams, again from Blackwater in central Queensland, Townsville, Cairns and Districts and last year’s champions PNG are back to defend their title.
The ladies draw features a Townsville side and a FNQ side which came second in the recent state championships so a high standard of ladies sevens will be seen on the day.
The men’s draw will see a strong competition with favourites PNG put to the test this year by improving local sides and Aspire a sevens squad from Cairns that last week won the Ella sevens.
Organisers have kept the tournament size the same this year as the two field option will not be available until next year onwards.
There has been interest from teams far and wide and with Sevens now being an Olympic sport with its debut in Rio funding is available from governing bodies from the international Rugby board down for clubs to instigate a sevens program.
The ambition is to grow the Port sevens into a two day 50 side tournament. The competition would be tiered based on the level of the teams entering, we hope to attract teams from the Southern rugby Capitals and emerging nations in Asia.
Total prize money on offer this year is double last year, up to $5000.
The Kenmac Construction $500 Charity prize for the Runners up in the men’s competition is also up for grabs again this year
A full Day of Rugby Sevens this Saturday from 8.30 am until the early evening, get down and watch the excitement with live coverage of the Super 15 games also, live music and much more.