MAGNIFICENT SEVENS: The Byron Bay Rugby 7s tournament will celebrate its 25th anniversary when play commences next weekend.
MAGNIFICENT SEVENS: The Byron Bay Rugby 7s tournament will celebrate its 25th anniversary when play commences next weekend. Contributed

Sevens heaven as Byron hosts 25th Rugby 7s this month

HOT on the heels of this weekend's AFL 9s competition will come the annual Byron Bay Rugby Union Rugby 7s tournament.

The inaugural AFL 9s Byron Bay Invitational will be contested at the Byron Regional Sports and Cultural Complex but Byron Bay Rugby Union president Tim Ahern only has eyes for the 25th staging of the Rugby 7s event.

The tournament will be played on October 18-19 and Ahern said with several international teams registered it was sure to be a success.

"Both the men's and women's Brazilian national teams will be here together with the Samoan women's national team," he said.

"The influx of national and international participants and visitors, players, support people, umpires, volunteers and spectators to Byron also provides an excellent opportunity for local business and residents alike."

While the event continues to attract international and national teams, Ahern said local players also benefited.

"Byron Bay Rugby is a non-profit organisation so all funds raised will be put back into developing rugby in this area, including our juniors, which have been started again this year with an under-9s team, and we will be building on this again next year," he said.

Fans of rugby sevens will get the perfect entree to the Byron Bay event with Australia to launch its World Series campaign on the Gold Coast this weekend.



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