Sunshine Coast, Suburban rugby in partnership deal

The Sunshine Coast Rugby Union has partnered with Queensland Suburban Rugby Union to introduce a new format for the upcoming season.

Under the structure approved Wednesday night seven Brisbane suburban clubs will join with four Coast clubs to create a new competition.

“I guess its going to be a bit more of a versatile comp and you’re not used to playing the same team every week,” Noosa Dolphins centre Will Rogers said.

“It’d be good in that aspect not expecting what you’re going to come up against.”

The newly formatted season for A-grade and reserve grade clubs will kick off on Saturday March 24, with Brisbane and Sunshine Coast teams set to play each other once in each grade.

After round 11 the two associations will part ways and return to playing a further nine rounds within their respective competitions.

Points earned in the first 11 rounds will be accrued to the points tables in each local competition.

Teams to be involved are Caboolture, Caloundra, Goodna, Ipswich, Maroochydore, Noosa, Pine Rivers, Riverside, Springfield, University and Wynnum.

Sunshine Coast Rugby Union president Greg Marshall said the competition had been a long time coming.

“We have been working for some time to broaden the involvement of local teams in a wider competition framework,” he said.

“The culmination of this activity shows that grass roots rugby organisations can work successfully together to expand horizons and inject new excitement and interest in rugby without compromising their traditional competitions.”

Sunshine Coast clubs which only field reserve grade sides (Fraser Coast, Gympie, Maleny and Nambour) will be integrated into the local reserve grade competition at round 12.

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