Queensland's best young rugby players heading to Toowoomba
RUGBY UNION: The next Tim Horan or Hamish Stewart could be unearthed in Toowoomba in the coming weeks.
Kicking off on Friday, July 5, Toowoomba's Downlands College will host the Teenage Boys State Championships with more than 800 players lacing up their boots.
Downs Rugby general manager Matt Hammond said it would be an exciting time with players vying for selection in the City Country Championships.
"It's incredibly exciting as we have 840 participants from the sub regions of Queensland as well as the addition recently of the Northern Territory," Hammond said.
"That in turn will get over 3000 spectators each and every day on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the championships.
"We're really excited about the Northern Territory being involved - we think they'll bring a different brand of rugby to the championships."
Fresh off the back of recent DDRU grand final campaigns, Hammond is confident that the hosts of the competition will put on a good show.
"We've got an absolute plethora of talent here on the Downs," Hammond said.
"There's future Reds and Wallabies amongst these boys.
"And there's good chances for all of our teams.
"Last year's under-12s won the championship in this event down in Brisbane and they're now under-13s.
"We have really good participation across and we're excited about all their chances."
Downs Rugby chairman Mike Horan was also quick to throw his support behind the local teams.
"I think the Downs boys will be good," Horan said.
"This a very strong competition and we've just a week ago had our teenage grands finals.
"I think we will see some very good players.
"We're particularly excited about our under-14s because we've got some sensational young players from the Dalby area."
Horan also praised the work of the various stakeholders involved in bringing the event to Toowoomba.
"On behalf of Downs Rugby I'd like to thank Queensland Rugby Union, Downlands College and Toowoomba Regional Council who are all partners in this great event," he said.
"We're very appreciative of all the support from all of our partners and sponsors."