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Every year after the conclusion of the regular season, The Townsville & Districts Rugby Union hosts the Annual Townsville Festival of Rugby 7s. Over the years, the event has grown to be now spread over a month, incorporating the Primary Aged 7s, Teenage 7s and the Senior 7s. This huge month of 7s events will continue in 2021,

See below for dates


NOMINATIONS OPEN! Visit this link for information on how to register a team!

SAVE THE DATE! The Townsville Festival of 7s is locked in for 2021 with changes in both the Juniors and Senior competitions to cater for the ever growing shorter Rugby format!

This year will include a brand new Mini 7s Tournament (Under 7-8-9s) alongside the Primary Aged (Under 10-11-12s), Youth 7s (Under 16/18s Boys & Girls) and Teenage 7s (Under 13s-14s-15s Boys & Girls) to round out the Juniors.

Whilst the Senior Townsville 7s Tournament will be back bigger and better than ever with Men’s and Women’s divisions playing across a Saturday and Sunday.Watch this space for more news to come regarding a possible TDRU Senior 7s Series leading into further rep pathways.

TOWNSVILLE Primary Aged Rugby 7s

Divisions: Under 10s, 11s & 12s

Date: Friday the 15th October 2021

Time: 5pm-9pm

TOWNSVILLE Youth Rugby 7s

Divisions: Under 16s Boys & Girls, Under 18s Boys & Girls

Date: Saturday the 16th October 2021

Time: 8am-6pm

TOWNSVILLE Senior Rugby 7s

Divisions: Men’s & Women’s

Date: Friday the 22nd Oct (Meet & Greet), Saturday 23rd Oct, Sunday 24th Oct

Time: Sat & Sun – 10am-6pm

TOWNSVILLE Mini Rugby 7s

Divisions: Under 7s, 8s & 9s

Date: Friday the 29th October 2021

Time: 5pm-9pm

TOWNSVILLE Teenage Rugby 7s

Divisions: Under 13-14-15s Boys, Under 13-14-15s Girls

Date: Saturday the 30th October 2021

Time: 5pm-9pm


Divisions: Men’s & Women’s

Date: Saturday & Sunday the 13th & 14th of November

BEACH RUGBY Date: Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st of November

Previous Editions of the Festival of 7’s Newsletter:

Festival of 7’s Newsletter – Issue 1

Festival of 7’s Newsletter – Issue 2

Festival of 7’s Newsletter – Issue 3

Festival of 7’s Newsletter – Issue 4

Festival of 7’s Newsletter – Issue 5

Festival of 7’s Newsletter – Issue 6

Festival of 7’s Newsletter – Issue 7


INTRODUCING – Townsville Rugby 7s

The past and future of the event: Since its inclusion as an Olympic Sport in Rio, interest in Rugby 7s for both Men and in particular Women has exploded in popularity nationally. It is currently one of the fastest growing sports in the World. In Australia its profile amongst Girls and Women alone is expected to be boosted off the back of the Aussie Women’s 7s teams Gold Medal winning performance in Rio and Silver Medal performance in the Commonwealth Games. Below is a brief timeline of achievements and milestones of the Townsville Rugby 7s over the past 8 years.

2011 – First Townsville Rugby 7s held featuring just 16 Men’s teams from the local area

2012 – Inclusion of Womens and Masters (Over 35) Divisions as part of the Senior Tournament 24 teams across the 3 Divisions

2013 – Junior legs of the Townsville 7s start with a Primary Aged and Teenage 7s (Boys only) included in the program along with a Under 20s Division at the Senior Tournament

2014 –  Junior legs of the Townsville 7s expand with new divisions, Teenage 7s grows into a 2-day event encompassing Friday and Saturday. Island Breeze win the Men’s division featuring current Melbourne Rebels player and Qantas Wallabies flyer Sefa Naivalu. The travelling team of Fijians have attended the tournament 7 out of 8 years of its running.

2015 – Interest explodes in the Junior Tournaments in particular with the inclusion of Teenage Girls as part of the Teenage 7s. Teams from as far north as Cairns and South as Brisbane participate in all tournaments. 82 teams in total across the month of 7’s.

2016 – Teenage tournament (41 teams) outgrows the Senior competition with 87 teams in total across the 3 tournaments. QLD Reds 7s coaches attend to identify talent for Mens, Womens, Youth Boys and Girls (Under 18s). Bri Rossato (pictured) selected in QLD 7s going on to be contracted with AON Uni 7s  UQ side, narrowly missing a contract with the Aussie side now currently playing professionally in Japan.  

2017 – 100 teams and over 1000 players with over 1500 spectators over the course of the ‘Festival of 7s’. Teenage sensation Sam Warner (Pictured) who has played Rugby since he was 10 identified for the QLD Youth boys 7s team alongside Jessee Santo from Charters Towers in the Youth Girls. Sam goes on to Represent Australia in the Youth Oceania Championships where they were crowned champions. 

2018 – Saw the introduction of further divisions in the Junior 7s with Under 9s incorporated in the Primary age and U13 Girls in the Teenage 7s. Participation grew to 120 teams, 1200 players, 2000 spectators and supporters. 2018 also saw the most representation from the TDRU in the National 7s Tournaments at Ballymore. Tom Vinson and Sam Warner featured for Queensland in the Mens teams with Tamika Bray and Daisy Darcy (Pictured) featuring in the Youth Girls squads. With the addition of Rugby Australia’s new non-contact game of 7s ‘FOXTEL TOUCH 7s’ in the very near future the game is set to explode to see the Townsville Festival of 7s become a hallmark sporting event on the North QLD Sporting calendar.