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Townsville are set play host to the Under 16 North Queensland Indigenous Trials, with games taking place at Townsville Sports Reserve this Sunday August 4.
Teams will travel from Cairns, Rockhampton and Mackay to compete along with two teams from the Townsville region.
Games will start at 10:45am on Sunday morning, following a ‘Welcome to Country’ by Jenny Pryor on behalf of the Bindal people, the traditional land owners.
From the trials, a squad of 23 players will be selected to represent North Queensland at the National Under 16 Indigenous Championships, which will be held at Bond University on the Gold Coast from August 23 to 25.
Queensland Rugby Head of Game Development Rob Donaghue believes the trials are an essential part of the pathway for Indigenous Rugby players in Queensland.
“The North Queensland Indigenous Trials are a key segment of the pathway Queensland Rugby provides to Indigenous players in these regional areas,” said Donaghue.
“While these players can represent their regions and schools at events such as the Country Muster, Junior State Championships, and the Ballymore Cup, the North Queensland Indigenous side gives them with the unique opportunity to represent their people and state.”
South Queensland trials are also currently underway and both a North and South Queensland team will compete at the National Championships, providing a greater number of players with the chance to be selected for the Australian side.
28 MARCH 2017