Future sevens stars prove their worth in Orange

By Vittorio Travan

Sydney will play host to the future stars of New South Wales rugby with St Mary’s Public School Dubbo and The Assumption School Bathurst to represent the Central West region in the state finals of the Primary School Rugby 7s.

St Mary’s Dubbo and The Assumption School battled out an amazing final at Endevour Oval in Orange, with St Mary’s claiming a five tries to one victory to clinch the Peter Nugent Shield. The sides won through to the final after accounting for Catherine MaCauley and St Mary’s Orange respectively in the semi finals.

Some future stars enjoying their time during pool play on Endevour Oval .

The Western Region Primary School 7s, was the final stop of the Term 1 rugby 7s tournaments, with 70 primary schools from  Bathurst to Nyngan competing in rugby gala days right across the region for a chance to feature in the Orange tournament.

The Primary school gala days held throughout the term where a chance for central west students in years five and six to try their hand at the code and have some fun.

The Western Region Primary School 7s were the culmination for the final 12 schools to come together and play for the Peter Nugent Shield. NSW Rugby Development Officer Jarrod Simpson said the regional finals and the shield were put together in order to celebrate Peter Nugent who has contributed a lot of time and effort into Central West rugby  but also teaching and education in the region.

Mr. Simpson said the great atmosphere of the day and the sportsmanship displayed by the students were really exciting to see, and was a real celebration of what the Peter Nugent Shield aims to represent.

He said the Orange tournament and all the rugby gala days were simply a celebration of rugby.

“The tournaments were aimed to introduce rugby to kids at an early level and expose the sport to kids of all skill levels,” he said.

St Mary’s Dubbo and The Assumption School will now have the opportunity to play on Allianz Stadium as a curtain raiser to the May 19th game between the NSW Waratahs and the Otago Highlanders.

Both teams will now also look forward to later in the year, as the sides prepare to take part in the NSW Primary Schools 7s State Finals as a result of finishing top two in the region. The sides will now travel to Sydney to represent the region where they take on the best primary school 7s teams from across the state.

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