The Southport School’s (TSS) Rugby First XV team were invited to attend the official pools draw ceremony for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Rugby Sevens competition.
The event, that was overseen and sanctioned by World Rugby representatives, saw 16 teams divided into four pools for the men’s competition, and in a first for the Games, a women’s competition will also be included with eight participating nations divided into two pools.
Our TSS students got to rub shoulders with a number of high profile Australian and international athletes who were in attendance including Charlotte Caslick, the 2016 World Rugby Sevens Female Player of the Year, and Ed Jenkins, the former Captain of the Australian Men’s Sevens team.
TSS First XV Manager Greg Norman attended the event with the boys and was very impressed with how they handled themselves.
Mr Norman said the students were excited to be invited along to witness the draw and were also grateful for the opportunity to meet and greet a number of rugby stars and Games officials. He added that the boys were all very pleased to see the inclusion of a women’s competition, with each one counting Charlotte is one of the greatest Rugby players of all time.
Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) President Louise Martin CBE said the inclusion of the Women’s Rugby Sevens to the Commonwealth Games for the first time, was a “significant milestone”, a sentiment Oceania Representative of World Rugby Council Richard Sapias agreed with.
“It’s a major milestone, both in terms of the Commonwealth Games and world rugby to have men and women playing side-by-side as opposed to two separate tournaments,” Mr Sapias said.
Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones said she had no doubt both the men’s and women’s Rugby Sevens competitions, which will be held in Robina, would be a Games favourite.
“Robina Stadium has played host to international Rugby Sevens tournaments numerous times in the past and is the perfect staging ground for three days of world class Rugby action.”
During her speech, Minister Jones personally thanked the TSS Rugby XV team for their attendance.
“Having the young leaders of the future from The Southport School here is so wonderful and I’m sure this is a very exciting experience for you all.”
Several Gold Coast schools will each have one Rugby Sevens country to support with TSS also cheering for Wales alongside Australia.
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