Matai NewStar Sports
There’s a new name in town and it’s going to put Noosa firmly on the national sporting map.
International sports management company NewStar, sportswear manufacturer Matai and the Noosa Dolphins rugby club have joined forces to create a specialist sevens team which will compete in events around Australia in the coming months.
And as grand finalists in last week’s Brisbane Sevens, the newcomers have already shown they’ll be a force to be reckoned with.
Now known as Matai NewStar Sports, the Dolphins-badged team have their sights on a series of tournaments around the country, including a “home” game at the upcoming Noosa International Sevens.
NewStar, an agency for rugby players and coaches around the world with offices in Brisbane, Tokyo and Cardiff, is no stranger to Noosa, having assembled a team which beat the full Australian national squad in the grand final of the Noosa Sevens in 2011.
But the aim now is to develop a long-term elite programme which will attract and retain the best young talent and created a pathway for players to move up to international sevens or professional Super Rugby.
“Nine members of the squad that won the Noosa Sevens as NewStar in 2011 have gone on to secure Super Rugby contracts,” said Matai Director Stewart Nolan.
“But there hasn’t been a formal sevens player development programme until now so we’re creating something unique, a professional environment for the players, a place where they can develop and become the best they can.
“And in time, it will give them the opportunity to gain recognition and use it as a pathway to national representation.”
With players based on both the Sunshine Coast and the greater Brisbane area, the team will divide its mid-week training sessions but will unite for weekend camps at the Dolphins’ Sunshine Beach ground.
“Noosa is near perfect as a training centre for teams, as the British and Irish Lions found when they stayed last year,” added Nolan. “The club, the various support facilities and the accommodation options are all of international standard.”
Matai NewStar Sports will also coach a Noosa Dolphins sevens team, giving the local club’s players an opportunity to hone their skills in the specialist fast-paced version of the code. Eventually, a third team for the Under 18s may come into the mix.
Noosa Dolphins President Chris Burton is delighted the club is associated with a programme that will attract national attention.
“This partnership will open the doors for our own players to develop to the very highest standards and can only add to Noosa’s reputation within the sporting world,” he said.
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