Byron Bay Sevens maintains its international flavour
By STEVE SPINKS
THE 15th annual Tooheys Railway Friendly Bar Byron Bay Rugby Sevens will be played this weekend at the Byron Bay Recreation Grounds.
What started as a small sevens carnival in 1989 has grown into one of Australia's best-known sevens tournaments, attracting interstate and international teams to Byron Bay.
Typically the carnival is held with some clubs using the outing as an end-of-season tour, seeking to wind down after a long season by playing rugby and enjoying the delights of Byron Bay.
Others come seeking the serious prizemoney on offer.
Prizemoney for the men's final totals $3000, with $2000 to the winners of the women's competition, the only one of its kind.
This year the carnival has attracted three women's teams from New Zealand, as well as teams from Sydney and Brisbane.
The men's competition has attracted teams from Sydney, Brisbane and Darwin.
The line-up also includes Brisbane Fiji, a Cook Islanders team from Eastwood in Sydney and the Australian Deaf Team.
Local sides from Mullumbimby and Lismore will also be a part of the sevens competition.
The carnival will conclude on Sunday afternoon with the men's final at 3pm.