The best young rugby league players from across Regional New South Wales will come together this weekend in Port Macquarie and Dubbo for the Northern and Southern Zone CRL Under-14 and 15 Country Championships.
More than 800 players will take the field across the weekend with players representing their respective groups at Port Macquarie Regional Sports Stadium and Dubbo’s Apex Park.
The winning sides will take part in the CRL Under-14 and 15 Country Championship Finals, which will be played at Central Charlestown on Saturday, September 22.
Country Rugby League CEO Terry Quinn believes the championships are a great way to see the next generation of talent from regional NSW on display.
“The Under-14 and 15 CRL Country Championships are, for many, the first step in the representative rugby league pathway, and it’s a special tournament for the 800 players involved across the weekend,” Mr Quinn said.
“Not only are these players representing their respective regions, but they’re also putting their hand up for selection in the Andrew Johns and Laurie Daley Cup or SG Ball and Harold Matthews junior representative sides in 2019.”
All players participating in this weekend’s championships will be required to attend NRL Welfare and Education workshops covering messages on social responsibility, cyber bullying, social media, concussion and respect.
More than 60 games will be played across the weekend, with games kicking off at 9am at both venues on Saturday and Sunday.