National Indigenous and Under 16 Championships preview

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By ARU Media Unit

With less than two weeks until the 2011 National U16 Rugby Championship kicks-off the National Indigenous U16 side are setting off on a unique six day camp in New Zealand to gain inspiration from some of the best in the world.

The six day tour will see the National Indigenous U16s side face off against a Wellington Under 16s Invitational Team, receive coaching from a number of Wallabies and experience a range of traditional New Zealand cultures. The side will also enjoy the sights of New Zealand undertaking a visit to ‘Te Papa’ New Zealand’s national museum and the Wainuiomata High School as well as attend the Wallabies v USA match on Friday 23 September.

On Tuesday 20 September the U16s Indigenous side will spend their morning learning from the best in the business as they train alongside a number of Wallabies before enjoying lunch with the international media. They will then take on the Wellington Under 16s Invitational Team at Wainuiomata Rugby Club before enjoying a traditional Hangi dinner, which will include a range cultural dances and Maori celebrations.

The six day tour is a fantastic opportunity for the National Indigenous U16 team to embrace sport and culture, and through working with the Wallabies gain a better understanding of the opportunities they have to become professional indigenous Rugby players. The tour also combines charity, Australian culture, New Zealand culture and junior Rugby initiatives.

The National Indigenous U16 team is being proudly supported by Le Coq Sportif who are providing the side with Rugby clothing and footwear as well as assisting in making the sides’ six day tour of New Zealand possible.

The 2011 National U16 Rugby Championship kicks-off on Monday 26 September at St Ignatius College, Riverview and is set to be a hotly contested Championship this year.

Sydney Juniors will be out to defend their title from last year after they took out the Rod Macqueen Shield (Division 1) defeating Queensland White 33-21 in the final, while Western Australia will be hoping to recapture the Nick Farr-Jones Shield (Division 2) after they defeated the Brumbies 33-17 in last year’s final.

While the National Indigenous U16 side will be looking to use their trip to help reverse last year’s result after South Australia ended the sides dominance that included an amazing winning streak from 2004-2009.

Keep an eye on Rugby HQ and for all the information from the National U16 Championship in a fortnights time.

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