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By ARU Media Unit
Australian Rugby Union today announced the dates for 17 NSW Boys Secondary Schools Sevens tournaments set to be held across the state in 2012.
The tournaments will act as the first stage of selection for high school teams looking to compete at the National Schoolboys Sevens Championships, held in the Gold Coast in October.
The boys’ National Championships will feature the Top 3 high school sides from NSW and QLD, with an additional two teams from the ACT and one each from VIC, SA, NT and WA.
This tournament, along with ARU’s Talent ID and Junior Gold Program, will act as a selection tool for the Australian 2013 Youth Olympic Festival team.
ARU Program Manager of Sevens and Women’s Rugby, Dale Roberson, said the tournaments were a welcome inclusion to the boys’ Rugby Sevens calendar.
“With the establishment of the Junior Gold Sevens Programs the addition of this tournament provides added opportunities to players to be identified,” Mr Roberson said.
“The more time our youth grades spend playing Rugby Sevens, the better equipped our future players will be to play the game and represent Australia at the elite levels.
“The players skill development starts here and what they learn now they’ll carry through to the Youth Olympic Festival, the Commonwealth Games and possibly even the Olympic Games in 2016.”
Additional Secondary Schools Sevens dates in other States will be announced in the coming weeks.
Qantas Australian Sevens player Shannon Walker will play his first tournament in over a year when he lines up for the National Indigenous side at this weekend’s National Sevens Championships in Narrabeen, Sydney.