Brisbane 7s to launch in 2019

by RUGBY.com.au staff

A new Brisbane Sevens competition will give club sides a chance to take home up to $25,000 in prize money.

The Brisbane 7s is a two-day event that kicks off in February, hoping to give Queensland men, women and colts sides the chance to impress.

With a total prize purse of $100,000, teams will be competing for a chance to really bring back the bacon to their local clubs.

U16 girls and boys competitions will also be part of the weekend to be held at Ballymore.

Event organisers estimate the weekend would help put close to $150,000 worth of revenue back into Queensland rugby.

Outside of the on-field competition, the event plans to donate $1 from every food or beverage sale to one of a number of junior clubs in Queensland.

News of the new event comes off the back of the success of the Queensland Premier Rugby 7s, run by the QRU, that invited the Premier Grade clubs and a handful of invitational teams to take each other on in regular tournaments.

The competition is the brain child of community rugby site Rugby News and publisher Sam Ryan said they hoped the tournament could replicate the atmosphere seen at events like the Sydney 7s, which has been hugely popular since 2016.

"We’re going to replicate the party atmosphere of world famous events like the Hong Kong and Sydney 7s, at an iconic and boutique Queensland stadium like Ballymore,” he said.

“The on field action at those events is great, but what you’re really there for is the party atmosphere. It’s about getting your mates together, dressing up and enjoying one of the most unique and enjoyable products rugby has to offer.”

The Brisbane Sevens kicks off on February 1 2019.