Playing for CQ on a world stage
RUGBY UNION: When Callum Robertson stepped off the plane in Bangkok, the culture shock was the first of many unique experiences he would encounter over the next two weeks.
When he signed up to play in Rockhampton’s rugby sevens tournament this year, little did he know it would pave the way for him to jet off to compete on an international stage.
On November 10, Robertson’s team, the CQ Dingoes, played their first international game.
Robertson was the only Rockhampton player on the team which was the only team in the Bangkok International Rugby Sevens to represent Australia.
Players from Gladstone, Blackwater, Emerald, Townsville and a player from Sydney made up the squad.
“We played in two tournaments. We went over with 12 players, which is a full sevens side,” Robertson said. “We had one 15s game and played in the sevens tournament.
“Unfortunately we didn’t place in that as we didn’t win any games, but it was still very fun and was a high standard of rugby sevens. The New Zealand team won the sevens.”
The CQ Dingoes also played against the Kazakhstan Olympic team, which was a “fun” and memorable moment for Robertson. “On the Tuesday we played a 15s game and because we only had 12 people, one of the rugby clubs there gave us five players so we had two benched and everyone played a full game,” he said.
“We lost that game by one try against Thailand.
“That weekend we played in the tens tournament where we came third and won the Chaijinda Plate, which was pretty good.
“A few of the other teams were more physical, whereas a couple of others like Thailand were fast-paced and beat us with speed.”
Robertson said he hoped the Dingoes would go to next year’s rugby sevens international tournament as well as next year’s 10s tournament.
SUCCESS: The CQ Dingoes, with Callum Robertson pictured back right, in Thailand.