Warwick Water Rats under 10s players (front) Ryan Bowerman, (back, from left) Tom Saunton, Mitchell Bourke, Lachlan Brady, Patrick Wallis, James McDonald and Robert Dylan-Wilkins will play in the curtain-raiser to the Springboks-Wallabies match at Suncorp Stadium next month.
Warwick Water Rats under 10s players (front) Ryan Bowerman, (back, from left) Tom Saunton, Mitchell Bourke, Lachlan Brady, Patrick Wallis, James McDonald and Robert Dylan-Wilkins will play in the curtain-raiser to the Springboks-Wallabies match at Suncorp Stadium next month.

Kids to play in front of 52,000

IT is every budding sportsperson's dream to play in front of a screaming crowd of 52,000 people.

Next month, this dream will come true for one Warwick team.

The Warwick Water Rats under 10s have been selected to play in the curtain raiser to the Wallabies clash with the Springboks at Suncorp Stadium on July 24, the first match of the Bundaberg Rum Tri Nations series.

It is like to be a sell-out and fill the stadium with more than 52,000 people.

An excited Warwick Water Rats junior treasurer Jo McDonald said the game the under 10s would play was a pre-game exhibition match.

At this stage, they still do not know who they are playing, but nonetheless have 110 Warwick supporters who will travel down.

They only select one team from the Darling Downs to play in the curtain raiser, so for the fledgling Warwick club to get a team is big news.

The club is only in its second season and fields under eights, under 10s, under 12s, under 15s and under 17s in the Darling Downs Rugby Union competition.

“The kids are buzzing,” McDonald said. “I think that the parents are more excited. We have two coaches going down, we had already bought 90 tickets and we got another 20 for free because the under 10s are playing.”

Junior president Ian Wallis said the team had been building.

“They have been improving all the time,” he said.

“We are looking for more players ... the more we get the better off we'll be next year.”

Wallis said next year the club was hoping to field junior teams from under 6s through to under 12s. Players can still sign on for the current season. If you would like to play, phone Wallis on 0427822843 or McDonald on 0407960562.



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