Players vie for origin honours

WARWICK touch rugby players have a chance at the Queensland State Championships on March 18-19 to vie for selection in teams for the 2011 State of Origin series.

The state championships are at the Southpine touch fields.

Warwick never fails to have players selected in state and national teams. Tanya Wright has captained teams in her age group and was one of four Warwick players selected in Australian teams last year.

After the championships at Strathpine, Queensland teams will be selected to play in the State of Origin Series in Coffs Harbour on June 24-25.

National Touch Rugby Association official Trish Hansen said State of Origin was always a great tournament and many players had made great friends in both New South Wales and Queensland.

Last year, more than 450 people attended the presentation night in Coffs Harbour when Australian teams were announced.

“State of Origin is a great event and all players enjoy it,” Hansen said.

“We want all players to feel part of and enjoy their touch with the added advantage that those who wish to represent having the opportunity to do so in a friendly but competitive atmosphere.”

Australian touch rugby teams travel to Rotorua in New Zealand this year for the Trans-Tasman Series.

Hansen said the last time Australian teams travelled to Rotorua, the international series was a great success.

State of Origin and national age divisions range from under-15 mixed to over 60s men.

Games are also played in mixed masters, men's over-35, women's over 27s, golden mixed masters, men's over 45s, women's over 40s, women's open and women's over 45s.

More information on www.ntra. com.au or from the Warwick Touch Association.


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