RUGBY UNION: Warwick juniors are looking forward to lacing up for the Darling Downs competition next season.
After not having a junior competition for the past few years, Warwick Water Rats Rugby Club is looking to re-enter the Downs competition next year.
Queensland Country captain and Reds Super Rugby player Duncan Paia'aua visited the club's junior sign on day at the weekend to help their bid.
"It's all about grass roots rugby, that's where we all started and that's where we need to be growing the sport,” he said.
The winning National Rugby Championship captain said the support for Qld Country had grown immensely since their successful 2017 NRC campaign.
"Country folk don't really get the chance to see the boys play,” he said.
"So it's good to take the game out to country towns and hopefully give back to the people who support us.”
The Warwick juniors also had the opportunity to get up close and personal with the NRC trophy (aka 'The Toaster').