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Chance for juniors to join the Water Rats in 2018

SO CLOSE: The women's Water Rats will be looking to go one better in 2018.
SO CLOSE: The women's Water Rats will be looking to go one better in 2018. Gerard Walsh

RUGBY UNION: Preparations for the 2018 Downs Rugby competition are well under way, and this weekend the Warwick Water Rats are hoping to continue their forward progress.

The club has its open day for the season ahead on Saturday, and president Andrew Williams said they were hopeful of seeing as many faces at Risdon Oval as possible.

"We want people to come down and have a look at what we have to offer,” Williams said.

"We have our men's 15-a-side team, as well as our women's 7s team, who were minor premiers in the first staging of the competition this year.

"Next year there will also be a new U15s and U17s competition for both boys and girls.

"There are a few players from the schools, so it will be a great chance for potential players to meet others involved with the team.

'This offers a progression for kids that want to stay in Warwick, and is a great opportunity for them to start young.”

Williams said the day would also feature a number of special guests.

"A few players from the premiership winning Queensland Country side in the NRC will be there,' he said.

"Rookies to Reds will also be down there, teaching kids some skills, drills and fun games.

"There is a good culture at the club with all the teams.”

The Warwick Water Rats Open Day takes place at Risdon Oval from 9am-12pm this Saturday.

Queensland Reds and Wallabies player Duncan Paia'aua will be on hand at the day.

Paia'aua capped off a spectacular individual year when he donned the green and gold against the Barbarians at Allianz Stadium in October.