Top teams in rugby sevens comp
The 15th Annual Tooheys The Railway Friendly Bar Byron Bay Rugby Sevens will be held this weekend at the Byron Bay Recreation Grounds.
What commenced as a small Sevens Carnival in 1989 has grown into one of Australia's prestigious rugby events attracting both interstate and international teams to Byron Bay.
Typically, the carnival is conducted with some clubs using the carnival as a end of season tour, seeking to wind down after a long season of rugby.
Others however come seeking the serious prize money on offer for the winners of the finals conducted on Sunday afternoon.
Prize money for the men's final is $3000, with $2000 on offer to the winners of the women's competition.
The competition is unique in that the Byron Rugby Sevens conducts both a Women's Rugby Competition, run in conjunction with the men's competition.
This year the carnival has attracted three women's teams from New Zealand, as well as teams from both Sydney and Brisbane, and once again those women's teams are expected to feature some members of the national women's rugby team.
The men's competition has attracted teams from Sydney, Brisbane and Darwin, and include Brisbane Fiji, a Cook Islanders team from Eastwood in Sydney and the Australian Deaf Team.
Local teams from Mullumbimby, Lismore and Gold Coast will also be part of the competition.
Overall 32 men's and 16 women's teams will take part in the competition with pool matches on Saturday morning and 9am, concluding with the first of the final matches on Sunday afternoon at 1pm, the men's final starting at 3pm.
Once again the organisers are expecting a big turnout of locals and visitors to be at the Recreation Ground for what has become an important event in Byron Bay attracting both interstate and International visitors to the town.