An exciting start for coast rugby is on the lips of everyone with not only the return of our senior and reserve grade but also both Colts and Women’s rugby in 2017.
The Colts program is aimed at young men turning 18 and 19 in 2017. The Coast rugby community has seen this age group as a vital cog in bridging junior rugby participants into senior rugby.
“The colts competition is an excellent format for these young men to transition to the senior competition. They will train with the seniors and learn how to make the step up to grade rugby.” says Jason Gallagher, Colts backs coach at USC Barbarians Rugby Club. “This additional year playing against their own age groups is vital to keeping them in the game through to seniors. Having the Colts training with seniors during the week and at preseason is a traditional way of easing the young bloke fears, getting to know senior players and making them feel they are ready and keen to step up to play against and with the older players.” he said.
The Colts matches are set to kick off on 24th March, with all games will be played on Friday nights. With this in mind the keenest of the Colts players can also back up for their respective seniors sides on Saturday afternoons and start their transition into Seniors.
Club teams confirmed at this early stage are Caloundra Lighthouses, Brothers Rugby, Noosa Dolphins and USC Barbarians. Additionally, at the northern end of the SCRU, the Gympie Hammers are in full recruitment mode to bring together a squad to also compete in the Colts competition.From these 5 teams an U19 Stingrays Colts side will be selected to play against the best of Darling Downs and Gold Coast from 18 to 21 May. From here opportunities widen for selection to Southern Queensland Country who then play off against Northern and Central Queensland. From these games a Queensland Country side is selected which will culminate in a Big Traditional Clash against NSW Country in either Sydney or Brisbane. This match will be closely scrutinised by the Australian U20 selectors who will be looking for players to fill their roster going into the 2018 U20 World Cup. This year’s 2017 U20 World Cup is to be played in Uruguay, South America. So from humble beginnings great things can happen…
The Colts Working Committee is currently also exploring a tour for all coast teams to travel to either Darling Downs and Gold Coast to play friendly matches against their respective colts sides in an festive atmosphere.
Contacts for any boys born in the years of 1998 and 1999 who wish to join a local club can contact or go to the club contacts on the SCRU web site (www.scru.com.au):
Greg Marshall & Doc Fleming
Sunshine Coast Rugby Union