Joel Johnston visited Comet State School to introduce the Try Sevens Program to the students.
Joel Johnston visited Comet State School to introduce the Try Sevens Program to the students.

Thumbs up for Try Rugby Sevens

COMMONWEALTH Games silver medallists and St. George Queensland Reds Liam Gill and Luke Morahan have given the Try Sevens program their tick of approval.

The pair, who helped introduced the program at Gold Coast schools, is confident the Try Sevens program will play a large role in the long-term success of Sevens Rugby in Queensland as more than 12,000 Queensland students from 112 schools had a taste of the game during the initial week-long Try Sevens program recently.

The program was designed to introduce both boys and girls to the seven-a-side code through a variety of rugby based activities and games.

Students in the Central Highlands were eager to try out the game with more than 800 students taking part in the Try Sevens program, CQ regional development manager Joel Johnston said.

Six schools from Comet, Rolleston, Emerald and Clermont took part in the program which focused on match training and skill development.

Joel said it was an exciting pathway for boys and girls with Sevens Rugby now declared an Olympic sport, making its debut in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games and the Commonwealth Games in 2018 on the Gold Coast.

"The sevens competition appeals to smaller schools as it's easier to fill a seven to 10 person side than a 15 to 20 person squad," he said.

"The game is a little less complicated for new participants and easier to learn."

This caps a successful year for rugby in the Central Highlands with 70% of schools in the region participating in rugby.


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