Rugby Union: #dreamBigTime tour to visit the region later this month

Talent ID tour to unearth Indigenous talent to visit the region

Rugby Australia's high performance team will be visiting the region later this month in their endeavours to uncover more Indigenous talent.

The second leg of the #dreamBigTime tour will kick off on Monday May 20 and visit Moree, Inverell and Armidale on Wednesday, May 29, and Tamworth on Thursday.

Following the third talent ID tour in the coming months the top 130 players will be flown to Sydney for a four-day camp in July where their skills will be put to the test in front of a panel of national coaches.

From that, two squads of 20 will be chosen to represent the First Nations in five domestic and two international tournaments.

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Aimed at players aged between 14 and 25, the long-term goal is for at least two players to progress into the Australian Sevens squads for the 2024 Olympics.

Former Australian Men's Sevens assistant coach Jarred Hodges is leading the project with the support of Rugby Australia and the member unions.

''We're excited to get back out to regional Australia where we know there is a genuine thirst for rugby," he said.

''We witnessed more than five hundred people put on a superb performance on the first tour and we're expecting that number to double."

''We will have several Australian Sevens stars joining us again to help host sessions and educate people around the international opportunities this sport has to offer."

Rugby Australia has also partnered with the Aboriginal medical services in each of the towns to promote the importance of keeping healthy both on and off the field.

Players can register through the RugbyAU website.

Dates

Wednesday, May 29

Moree: 9:30am - 11:30am (Moree Rugby Club)

Inverell: 3:00pm-4.30pm (Inverell Rugby Club)

Armidale: 6:30pm-8:00pm (Armidale Rugby Club)

Thursday, May 30

Tamworth: 10.00am-12.00pm (Ken Chillingworth Oval)