NTRU’s Hottest 7s in the World kicks off this weekend with 36 teams set to light up Darwin across October 7-8.
The competition looms as one of the biggest in NT Rugby history with 12 open men’s sides, six open women’s sides and 18 clubs featuring across five divisions, including U18, U16, and U14 boys and an U12 mixed tournament.
Darwin’s traditional rugby base is well represented in 2023 with Darwin Dragons, Casuarina Cougars, South Darwin Rabbitohs, University Pirates, Swampdogs and Palmerston Crocs set to collide with touring sides from NSW, Queensland, Fiji and ever further abroad.
2022 open men’s champions Tabadamu Rugby will also return to defend their title against the likes of Central Australian Fijians, Duiyasana, and Compassion Warriors with NT Rugby CEO Nathan McDonald branding the field “arguably our best ever”.
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“Judging by the teams we’ve landed, it’s going to be our Hottest ever 7s,” McDonald said.
“We’ve more teams across more divisions competing for a massive $40,000 prize pool, so we can’t wait to kick it all off this weekend.”
Brisbane school rugby powerhouse Toowoomba Grammar is another familiar name on the roster and will chase back-to-back U14 titles while a new open women’s champion looms with the Classic Wallaroos missing this year’s event.