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The NSW Primary and Secondary Schools rugby union representative trials continue this week around the state, ahead of the NSW Schools Association Championships.
Players selected from these trials will have the chance to continue on the pathway to higher representative honours that could lead to future selection in NSW state teams.
The NSW Rugby Union has been involved in all school representative trials to make sure the players selected are what the NSW Waratah high performance coaching staff are looking for.
The secondary school trials involve the Combined Associated Schools, Combined Catholic Colleges, Combined High Schools, Independent Co-educational Schools and the Independent Schools Association with GPS schools also participating.
The school trials began in the first week of April and will run throughout June ahead of the finals in Sydney at the NSW Schools Association Championships on June 25-26.
At these championships, students from all NSW school systems will have the chance to be selected in one of two teams to participate in the NSW Rugby Union invitational tournament in Sydney on July 15 and 16.
Two teams will then be selected to represent NSW Gen Blue at the National U16 Championships in Southport, Queensland.
NSWRU have also been involved in the Primary School Sports Association, the Independent Primary Schools and the Combined Independent School trials.
The primary school representative pathway from local zones all funnel into the NSW PSSA Championships, to be held at Nelson Bay on August 22-24.
This state championships provides a platform for selectors to then pick the NSW side to participate in the National PSSA Championships in Adelaide later in the year.
NSW Rugby Union’s Coach Education and Pathway Manger, Matthew Evrard says these trials are important steps in the pathway towards future NSW Waratah players.
“The benefit of having a NSWRU presence at these school trials is that we get to make sure the best kids who could become future Waratahs are selected,” Matt said.
“We are extremely fortunate to have such a strong representation of our sport in the schools system.
“We are one of very few sports that have regular schools competitions that are a long standing tradition.”
For more information on the pathway system please email Matthew Evrard via firstname.lastname@example.org