Spidermen to descend on Byron tournament

HERE come the spidermen.

Wollongbar-Alstonville have cast their web and pulled together an all-star cast for their Spiderman themed, Byron Bay Rugby 7s campaign this weekend.

Ben Coridas is swapping his baby blue NSW Waratahs super 14 jersey for a black and red webbed, comic book inspired strip for the tournament that kicks off this weekend.

The Wallabies under-21 player secured an exemption from the Waratahs so he could return to play alongside his old club mates.

Coridas is also bringing his former Canberra Royals captain and Australian 7s player Tim Cornforth for a run.

Further strengthening the team is Australian 7s representative and Queensland Reds player Scott Higginbotham along with Wollongbar old boys Bill and Tom Johnson, who are currently playing for top Sydney clubs

Team co-ordinator Mal Watts said the tournament was an opportunity to have a bit of fun and give the club's junior talent a chance to line-up alongside experienced players.

“We treat 7s as a good opportunity to regroup after a season and work on our morale in preparation for next year,” he said.

“We also focus on giving our 19s an opportunity to play alongside our first graders and gain some exposure to the top level competition in the zone.

“Compiled with the opportunity to play alongside players that have made it to the top level in the game like, Ben Coridas, Scott Higginbotham, Bill Johnson, Toby Johnston and Tim Cornforth is an incredible feeling which the young players will embrace and remember for some time.”

Wollongbar's pink strip from last year's tournament proved a surprising hit, with the club selling 180 jerseys in support of the Breast Cancer Foundation.

But Watts said he had not considered wearing tights this year for an authentic superhero look.

“I encourage anyone who has not been exposed to rugby 7s to get down to Byron Bay this weekend, it features some amazing talent, fun and some great women's teams,” he said.

“It is a fast flowing, high try scoring game and the atmosphere is amazing.

“Rugby 7s is a game that can be enjoyed by men and women of all ages and a number of teams treat it as a great weekend for sharing their love for rugby and some light-hearted fun.”



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