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The colourful Byron Bay Rugby Union – Rugby 7s Tournament which, along with some superb running rugby, is likely to feature a ref in penguin costume and a spot of streaking, celebrates its 25th anniversary on October 18–19 at Marvell Street Recreational Grounds in Byron Bay

The Byron Bay Rugby 7s has been an annual event since 1990. During its development it has attracted teams from the local area, country NSW, Sydney, interstate and from nations such as New Zealand, Fiji, New Guinea, and New Caledonia.

The influx of national and international participants/visitors, players, support people, umpires, volunteers and spectators to Byron Bay has provided an excellent opportunity for local business and residents alike.

‘This year is the club’s 25th anniversary and looking like our best so far,’ say the organisers. ‘The club can now confirm that Brazil’s national men and women’s team are to play this year. Along with our regular overseas and national teams from Aust Services Rugby, New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa, many interstate and local teams including men’s and women’s teams will be competing.

Byron Bay Rugby 7s ref Johnny Hill, who wore a penguin suit during the 2013 competition. Photo Eve Jeffery
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‘Rugby 7s has been introduced into the Olympics, with Australia winning gold at this year’s Junior Olympics. The club sees the growth of 7s at this level as a great opportunity.

‘Byron Bay Rugby is a non-profit organisation so all funds raised will be put back into developing Rugby in this area, including our juniors, which have been started again this year with an under-9s team, and we will be building on this again next year with higher age groups.

‘We are looking to make the Byron 7s more inviting for teams to come to the area and enjoy what we have to offer in this region and with an airport we can promote quick and easy travel for our teams and supporters to enjoy more while they are here.

‘This year we have  a new sponsor – the Ballina Byron Gateway Airport – who are sponsoring the women’s competition.’

The Railway Hotel has sponsored the Rugby 7s club for 25 years.

‘Viewing / attendance levels vary thoughout the weekend. Saturday is well attended with people wandering from field to field to watch their favourite game, and Sunday is finals day, so people come and go all day with the grand finals of the women’s and the men’s the highlights and the best attended.’

See more at http://byronbayrugby.com.au.

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