Super 15 champions on their way to CQ
IT IS the dream of any aspiring junior rugby player to play at Super 15 level and this weekend they will get the chance to brush with a few of those doing just that.
Queensland Reds winning duo of Van Humphries and Ed Quirk will accompany the Super Rugby trophy to the Central Highlands, as part of the junior rugby sign-ons taking place throughout the region.
The Reds players and development staff will also work with a "select group" of junior players during a Saturday afternoon coaching clinic.
The QRU CQ development manager Joel Johnston said even he was getting excited at the prospect of coming up close with the prized silverware.
"To have the opportunity to rub shoulders and be coached by Reds players is an opportunity not to be missed," he said.
"The added bonus of having your picture taken with the Super Rugby trophy will only add to the experience."
A similar concept to last year's competition is planned for the coming junior rugby season, with under-6 to 14 age groups playing on Friday nights and an under-16 Central Highlands composite side travelling to Rockhampton to compete.
This year, they will be joined for the first time by an under-18 Central Highlands side in the Rockhampton competition as well.
Johnston said the player demand exists to push for another side, with an individual talent pool to match.
"A lot of them will have a crack at Central Queensland selection... some definitely have the skills to play at a country (representative) level," he said.
He added the tight-knit Central Highlands rugby fraternity would only serve to strengthen the new under-18 team, many of whom have risen through the grades in the local competition.
"This will be a really a big benefit for them I think," Johnston said.
The visiting Reds players and touring Super Rugby trophy will touch down at the Emerald Ag College tomorrow from 11.30am to 1.30pm for first leg of the junior player sign-on.
The tour will wrap up on Sunday at the Moranbah rugby grounds at the same time.