All 14 professional sides competing in next weekend's Brisbane Tens tournament will spend time at a local Queensland rugby club ahead of the two-day event.
The teams will participate in various community events, while many will also visit schools and hold open training sessions during the week.
The Reds will visit Taylor Bridge Junior Rugby Club, French drawcard Toulon will be hosted by Easts, the Super Rugby champion Hurricanes will call into Sunnybank, and Japanese club Panasonic Wild Knights will link with UQ.
“This opportunity for 300 of our sports’ biggest stars to visit schools and clubs in the wider Brisbane area and engage new and existing fans and participants in training and promotional activities is a great legacy outcome of the QRU working shoulder to shoulder with the event organisers to bring this global sporting event to this state,' QRU general manager commercial operations David Hanham said.
Pat Richards, Director of Rugby at Easts, said the club was thrilled to be hosting the star-studded Toulon team.
“To host arguably the most well-known club in the world is a great opportunity for Easts,” Richards said.
“It provides us with the opportunity to showcase our facilities and engage with the local community.
“We’ve worked closely with the local French community in Brisbane ahead of the visit and we’re going to have French food trucks here on the night and the bar will be open. It should be a great celebration ahead of the tournament and hopefully it might attract some more Easts’ supporters and players.”
Logan Saints president Mike Gallagher said the club and local community was excited about the prospect of Samoa training at the club.
“Having Samoa train at Logan provides the club with a chance to engage with the community in the local area,” Gallagher said.
“We have a large number of existing players at the club who are of Samoan heritage and to have members of the Samoan national side train at the club will be special for them.
“With our club progressing into the Queensland Premier Reserve Grade competition in 2017 before joining Premier Grade in 2018, we’re hoping an event such as this will also help us attract some new players.”
“We look forward to the opportunity to interact with school and club people within Brisbane for an exchange of culture and ideas,” Wild Knights head coach Robbie Deans said.
“Rugby is one of the best teachers of the skills required for life. The ability to function within a team, the realisation that no-one is indispensable and no-one can thrive without the support of the people around them. It teaches team work and resilience, the ability to persevere when things get difficult. It also provides opportunities to see the world and interact with people of different cultural backgrounds," the former Wallabies coach added.
Participating teams club and school visits:
- GPS Rugby Club & Brisbane Boys College
- Taylor Bridge Junior Rugby Club & Marist College
- Norths Rugby Club & school (TBC)
- Caboolture Rugby Club & school (TBC)
- Souths Rugby Club & Brisbane Boys High School
- Brothers Rugby Club & Nudgee College
Panasonic Wild Knights
- UQ & Brisbane Grammar School
- Logan Rugby Club & St Francis
- Easts Rugby Club & Anglican Church Grammar
- Kenmore Rugby Club & Gregory Terrace
- Riverside Rebels Rugby Club & Somerset College Force
- Bond Uni/Helensvale Rugby Club & The Southport School Rebels
- Bond Uni/Bond Uni Pirates & All Saints Anglican College Hurricanes
- Sunnybank Rugby Club & school (TBC)