HUNDREDS of junior rugby union players will compete in Lismore this weekend.
HUNDREDS of junior rugby union players will compete in Lismore this weekend.

Rugby juniors converge for titles

RUGBY union’s future stars will converge on Lismore this weekend for the NSW Country junior championships.

Teams from as far south as Illawarra, as well as representative sides from the State’s west, will literally tackle the best players Far North Coast junior rugby has to offer.

Players representing the Under-12, Under-13 and Under-18 age divisions will play at Oakes Oval over the weekend.

After strong performances from the Under-15 and Under-16 FNC representative sides at carnivals in Newcastle and Armidale respectively over the past two weekends, officials are hopeful the Far North Coast sides on show this weekend will also be in the mix come Sunday afternoon.

“The Under-13s look real good,” FNC rugby union’s Wayne Millane said.

“And the Under-18s have some very good footballers.”

Although the pressure would be on all sides to get off to a good start, Millane said the home ground advantage would help the FNC sides during this weekend.

Organisers are hopeful the facilities in Lismore will see plenty of families come to watch the tournament, providing an economic benefit for the region.

There will certainly be plenty of matches to see during the two days, with each age division featuring two pools of teams.

After the preliminary games on Saturday, the finals will be decided on Sunday, with play-offs for the minor places also held on the second day.



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