A TEAM of 12 rugby enthusiasts from TAS will take part in a different format of the game when they compete in the Schoolboys Rugby Sevens competition hosted by The Scots College in Sydney today.
TAS has been invited to take part in the 12-team competition alongside schools from New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Victoria, Queensland, the ACT, and a squad from the Lloyd McDermott National Indigenous Development Team, which includes TAS student Wayne “Buddy” Mumbulla from Moree.
For TAS, the debut appearance at the carnival comes on the back of winning the Opens division at yesterday’s North West Secondary Schools Future Tahs Sevens gala day in Armidale, in which TAS beat O’Connor in the final.
The regional win was not without some pain however.
Mumbulla injured a hamstring and his participation in the Lloyd McDermott side today remains in doubt.
“It’s a blow for Buddy who is really making a presence on the Indigenous schoolboy rugby stage,” coach Jamie Moore said.
Some intensive physio may help Mumbulla make the paddock yet, Moore believes, and said the tournament would be an eye-opener for the boys.
“It’s a good opportunity for our boys to play a different format of the game at an invitational carnival with an international flavour,” he said.