The New South Wales Junior Rugby Union State Championships are set to be contested across six venues on the June long weekend, with the U10 and U11 age groups going head to head on the weekend of July 3 and 4.
With the event not held in 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the return will see a record number of teams go head to head in a battle for state supremacy.
172 teams from across the state will play at venues on the Central Coast, as well as in Camden, Dubbo, Orange, Hunters Hill, West Harbour and Narrabeen, with special thanks to the host clubs for making such an event possible.
NSWJRU President Ben Gregory said he is looking forward to what is set to be a fantastic festival of rugby.
“This year it’s going to be our biggest State Championships to date, and one of our biggest ever events in terms of participation,” Gregory said.
“It’s going to be a massive weekend of rugby, with teams representing just about every zone and district right across the state.
“Everyone is keen and excited - there’s a lot of anticipation, but also a lot of hard work has gone in to supporting these programs and I think everyone is just looking forward to what is set to be a wonderful weekend of rugby,” he said.
With more than 4,300 players, coaches, managers and officials, Gregory is excited that NSWJRU have been able to put on the biggest State Championships to date.
“We’ve really tried to work hard to improve the pathways through club rugby, and I think that has been reflected in the massive growth of teams this year, especially in the U18 age group,” Gregory said.
“It’s also great this year to see so many girls teams getting involved - the venue at Hunters Hill will be jam packed with girls rugby.
“The girls game in NSW is really finding it’s time in the sun and I can’t wait to see all the action from there,” he said.
In an exciting add-on for the event, every game on the main oval at each venue will be live streamed via NSW Rugby TV thanks to Cluch TV.
“It’s terrific that we’ll be able to livestream all the main ovals across every venue for the State Championships,” Gregory said.
“That means that mum, dad, grandma, grandpa, aunty, uncle or anyone who can’t make it will be able to catch any of the main oval games.
“It’s a super exciting addition and one that is only going to add to the prestige of this years State Championships,” he said.
The draws for the 2021 NSWJRU State Championships have been released