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Jnr rugby is enjoying big revival

Rugby juniors hold their first 2011 representative training session at Crescent Head.
Rugby juniors hold their first 2011 representative training session at Crescent Head. SUBMITTED

MID North Coast Junior Rugby Union numbers are on the rise and this has been reflected in the above-average numbers seeking places in under-age representative teams.

Players selected will contest the Country championships being held during April and May.

Junior Axemen president Richard Jagger said the first series of selection trials held at Coffs Coast Advocate Rugby Park and Stuart Park in Port Macquarie had exceeded expectations and the opening training session at Crescent Head last weekend had put the squads on track for a record-breaking season.

“We have had an excellent turn-out with more than 100 players trying for places but are still looking for more players in the older age groups,” he said.

“The players are reminded our next training session will occur at Verge Street Stadium in Kempsey on February 27 from 2pm and will run for about two hours.

“It is very important that all players attend to improve skills and fitness.”

Experienced rugby men Brendan Hoy and Matt Leonard are among the coaches.

The union still requires managers to assist with the teams, along with coaches for the northern under-14s and -16s and southern under-13s.

More representative information is available on www.midnorthcoastjuniors.rugbynet.com.au

Meanwhile, Coffs Crusaders will host two junior registration days at Sawtell-Toormina Sport and Recreation Club to prepare for the club competition season.

The under-14 and -16 years players should attend on March 11 from 4.30pm, with under-7 and -12 years players required to sign up on April 29.