The 2016 renewal of NT Rugby’s Summer of 7s has been revamped from last year’s inaugural competition to complement the ARU’s National 7s Rugby Program.
The Men and Youth Boys competitions will be played over a single weekend of 22-23 October while the Women and Youth Girls will play over four consecutive Saturdays from 15 October to 5 November.
All matches are scheduled to be played at Land Rover Rugby Park.
The Summer of 7s is a great developmental pathway for players to be selected to represent the Northern Territory at the Nationals. Previous Rugby experience is not a pre-requisite for participation and NT Rugby’s Development Team will find a position in a team for any prospective player.
Tomorrows opening round for Women and Youth Girls kicks off at 5.30pm.
The Men’s and Women’s Nationals will be held in Adelaide 19-20 November followed by Under 17 Youth Boys and Youth Girls in Perth 10-11 December.
Representative Rugby 7s continues into January with both the Mosquitoes and Goannas contesting the Hottest 7s in the World at Land Rover Rugby Park.
With Rugby 7s now both an Olympic and Commonwealth Games sport the National 7s are a clear and definite pathway for player talent to be identified and developed
Rugby 7s will feature at the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas next July. The Gold Coast will host the 2018 Commonwealth Games before Japan stages its second Olympiad in 2020 where the Australian Women’s Team will be the defending Gold Medallists.
NT Rugby’s Head Coaches for the 7s program are;
Mosquitoes: Tim Atkinson
Goannas: Peter Pauli
Youth Boys: Josh Phillips
Youth Girls: Caitlin Ryan
The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of NT Rugby.