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World’s Hottest 7s Rugby Kicks Off at Marrara this Weekend

This weekend, Darwin will host the world-class Hottest 7s competition at the Territory Rugby League Stadium, as international and Australian men’s and women’s teams battle it out for their share in the $86,000 prize pool.

Running from Saturday 16 to Sunday 17 November, the fiercely contested competition will feature over 80 games of Hottest 7s rugby, with 18 senior men’s, eight senior women’s and three under 18 youth boys’ teams competing in the event.

There will be exhibition matches played in under 12 and 15 boys’ and girls’ divisions which will feature two combined Jabiru and Nhulunbuy teams, and an under 15 youth girls’ and boys’ team from South Australia.

Spectator entry is $10 for a day pass, or $20 for a weekend pass, with children under 18 offered free entry. Tickets can be pre purchased through Northern Territory Rugby and are available at the gate.

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Quotes from the Minister for Tourism, Sport and Culture, Lauren Moss:

“Our Government is focused on attracting visitors to our major events, so we’re pleased to support high profile games like the Hottest 7s played at the new Territory Rugby League Stadium.

“The Territory Labor Government delivered this fantastic $25 million stadium, and it’s the perfect venue to host this year’s Hottest 7s, which will provide an important boost to Darwin’s local economy and help drive visitation during our Tropical Summer.

“I wish all teams involved in the Hottest 7s competition the best of luck and encourage locals and visitors to get down to Marrara over the weekend to witness some of the world’s best rugby players in action.”

Quotes from Northern Territory Rugby Union Chief Executive Officer, Tamie Needham:

“This is the 31st time we’ve hosted this event, but it will be our first to be held in November. The competition was previously held in January, so we’re looking forward to being able to showcase Darwin, the Top End and our sport at this new time of year.

“Players, spectators and fans will really enjoy the new location as Territory Rugby League Stadium offers closer viewing opportunities.”

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