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By NSW Waratahs Media unit
In case you weren’t aware, the NSW U13’s and U15’s Sevens State Championships get underway this Saturday in the Coffs Harbour. To celebrate the occasion, here are seven reasons to get excited:
1) LOCATION, LOCATION
Players and parents alike will have the pleasure of enjoying their sevens footy on the surface of the Coffs Harbour Sports Stadium – just a stone’s throw away from the beautiful East Coast.
Prepare yourselves Coffs, you’re going to be up to your neck in aspiring rugby talent from the bush all the way to your beaches.
2) A FIRST FOR THE U13'S
The annual event is into its second year for U15’s, but this weekend marks the first for the U13’s boys and girls. These two days of rugby action will see over 30 teams and over 300 boys and girls battling it out to become junior NSW Sevens champions.
3) A CLEAR PATHWAY
At the helm of the competition is NSW Rugby Union Coach Education and Pathway Manager Matt Evrard, who says the aim of the Sevens State Championships is to “provide a sevens representative pathway opportunity for young boys and girls.”
Evrard also says that the juniors will benefit from the experience of competing in a state level competition, and that “the identification of a clear sevens pathway will motivate and encourage NSW kids to kick-start their sevens career.”
4) WHO WILL BE THE 2017 STATE CHAMPIONS?
The U15's age group will be competing for the title, which was won by the West Harbour girls and Sydney-based Cavaliers boys in 2016.
Look out boys and girls, because these two teams mean business.
5) THE DRAW IS STACKED
Don’t believe us? Check out who will be coming to Coffs Harbour on the weekend:
NSW Sports High Schools
Mid North Coast
Central West Junior
Far North Coast
South East Magic
Central North Juniors
Central West Juniors
North Shore Barbarians
NSW Sport High Schools
6) THE TOURNAMENT MANUAL HAS ARRIVED
Looking for some clarity around tournament rules and regulations? You can get your mitts on the tournament manual right here - 2017 U13 and U15 7s State Championships Tournament Manual.
7) MORE ACTION TO COME NEXT WEEKEND FOR WOMEN AND U17'S
After the U13’s and U15’s go hammer and tong this weekend in the name of rugby sevens glory, next weekend is set to explode with the U17’s and Women’s State Championships taking place at Narrabeen Sports Centre.
Do you and your team want to be a part of something special? It’s not too late! Register your team here at http://bit.ly/2hiEiJS
Follow NSW Waratahs/NSW Rugby Union social channels to stay up to date with the Championships progress.
For more information, you can contact NSW Rugby Coaching and Pathways Manager Matt Evrard at firstname.lastname@example.org
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