Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Rugby to Go after the Family in Its Drive to Win More Fans

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Rugby to Go after the Family in Its Drive to Win More Fans

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Byline: Alan Kennedy

RUGBY UNION: It is rare you hear a front-row forward get enthusiastic about running rugby, but Keith C[pounds sterling]IrishC[yen] Taylor believes this season's pipe-opener at Rugby Park will be a winner.

The Central Queensland Rugby Union has pledged to make the sport more attractive for families and Taylor believes the C[pounds sterling]End of Summer SevensC[yen] or Gatorade Sevens is a good start for getting the football community together to enjoy a couple of days of action at Rugby Park.

C[pounds sterling]It will be a fun event,C[yen] Taylor said.

Prizes will not be restricted to those playing the best football on the park.

C[pounds sterling]We will give prizes for things like the best-dressed team,C[yen] he said.

That competition is on the weekend of March 12-13 and Taylor believes it will just be the start of a big season for the code in Central Queensland.

C[pounds sterling]We want this to be a good year as it is a World Cup year,C[yen] he said.

Taylor is confident local clubs and associations can use the profile offered by that event to enhance the popularity of the sport locally.

At the recent annual meeting, at which Taylor was elected vice-president, the Central Queensland premier competition was given a better geographical distribution with the inclusion of Blackwater.

While that will help the code on the park, Taylor, and the new committee, want to ensure spectators return to the sport.

Last season attendances at club matches were disappointing, while numbers making their way through the turnstiles for the Brahmans games were disastrous, with the players on the reserve bench often greater than the number of spectators.

Again the CQRU sees a solution by making games C[pounds sterling]family friendlyC[yen].

While the code's problems are no greater than any other local sport, rugby union's objective is to be pro-active and make sure venues are an attractive place for all family members and an area where they can feel comfortable. …

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