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By NSW Waratahs Media unit
Another round of State Sevens Championships is upon us, with the Women and U17’s divisions set to kick off this weekend at the Academy of Sport, Narrabeen.
1. LOCATION, LOCATION
It’ll be hard to top Coffs Harbour in terms of a seaside rugby destination, but the Academy of Sport (located on Sydney’s Northern Beaches) is a pretty hot contender.
2. ROAD TO NATIONAL CHAMPS
For all three of these divisions, this weekend forms part of the NSW State Sevens team selections process.
Selectors will have a keen eye on every player that runs out onto the pitch as they look to identify talent to fill their rosters in the lead up to the National Championships.
ARU National Senior 7’s Championships: November 24-26 (Bendigo, Victoria)
ARU National Youth (U17s) 7’s Championships: December 8-9 (Ballymore, Brisbane)
3. GAME ON
There are 38 teams in total who have entered the 2017 Championships, with 112 games scheduled to determine the best of the best.
That’s (approximately) 1,658 minutes of rugby to feast your eyes on.
The list of pools and full draw for both days can be found right here: 2017 State Champs_U17_Womens.pdf
4. BACK TO BACK?
Returning to the fray this year are the two victors of the U17’s competition from 2016, and will certainly be ones to watch.
Can Liverpool take out the U17’s Girls?
Will Central North remain reigning champions of the U17’s Boys?
Watch this space!
5. ONE DAY ONLY
The Open Women’s Championships is a one-day event, which will be held this Saturday, October 14 for day one of the weekend.
A total of 67 fixtures are locked in for the day, with the Women’s Cup Final to be decided in the 61st.
6. JUST LIKE THE RAINS DOWN IN AFRICA
The weather has given Sydney spots of rain throughout the week, topped with a predicted 18 degrees and rain for this Saturday.
Pack your ponchos and bring your Wellies because it’s going to be a wet one.
7. WANT TO KNOW MORE?
For more information, you can contact NSW Rugby Coaching and Pathways Manager Matt Evrard at email@example.com
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