Play­ing for CQ on a world stage

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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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

SUC­CESS: The CQ Din­goes, with Cal­lum Robert­son pic­tured back right, in Thai­land.

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