Schoolboy rugby scores perfect 10
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
SUPER 14 isn't the only rugby competition of note to kick-off this afternoon.
The biggest high school competition in the country gets underway at 4pm at Rugby Park, Sawtell.
This year's Rugby 10's involves 23 schools from the Mid North Coast, including eight from the Coffs Harbour area.
Now in its third year, local rugby legend Des Hoy believes the high school competition is the perfect way to start a production line of young rugby players up and down the coast.
"This gives the kids who haven't played before the opportunity to find out what rugby is all about," Hoy said.
"Some don't take it on but others might go to uni and have a go when they get there."
Hoy believes that the open style that the 10-man format brings is a great introduction to the sport for any player.
"They're not getting tied up in rucks and mauls," he said.
"It's hard work though, a lot of them get knocked up after only 10 minutes of 10's rugby."
Last year's champions Jetty High have again thrown their hat in the ring in a bid to gain back to back titles.
Friday afternoon's are usually abuzz with activity during the tournament and Hoy can only see positives from it for the game they play in heaven.
"The crowds come out with the kids coming in their cars, it's a beaut thing," Hoy said.
"Being an open age high school competition, the girls are coming out to watch as well so a lot of the kids are getting introduced to the game even if they're not playing."