Excitement building for Southern States Junior Championship in Adelaide

Thu, Jul 4, 2024, 4:30 AM
TAS Rugby
by TAS Rugby

Tassie’s most promising rugby talents are eyeing national glory at next week’s junior championships in Adelaide.

The Tasmanian Rugby Union (TRU) will field four sides (under 14 boys, under 16 girls, under 16 boys, under 18 boys) at the Southern States tournament with a selection of under 18 girls also named in Rugby Australia’s invitational squad.

After a strong start to the statewide junior competition, TRU competitions manager Nick Marshall is excited to see Tassie’s best youngsters don the green and gold.

“We’re really pleased with the start to our 2024 competition. It’s been a great lead-in to representative rugby,” Marshall said.

“Southern States will pit our juniors against the some of the best rugby players across the country. It’s going to be a tough task but we think they’re up for the challenge.”

Each Tasmanian side will tackle Victoria, South Australia and Northern Territory in a round-robin format before a final play-off fixture.

Meanwhile the girls named in Rugby Australia’s under 18 Barbarians side face a challenging two-day block with four games against hosts South Australia.

“It’s a great time for rugby at the moment with the Wallabies, Wallaroos and Olympic Sevens teams all in action,” Marshall said.

“We’re hoping a taste of representative rugby will inspire these young players to make their own memories in green and gold, whether that’s for Tassie or higher honours down the line.”

The Southern States tournament kicks off in Adelaide on Tuesday 9 July and runs through to Friday July 12.

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