A brand new trophy is up for grabs this weekend with national pride on the line when Australians, New Zealanders and Pacific Islanders take the field for their respected backgrounds.
The Oceania Outback Rugby 10s Carnival is the first of its kind and will feature the top local rugby talent on Saturday February 15 at the Mount Isa Rugby Fields.
The carnival is hosted by Keas Rugby Union Club and will have three teams New Zealand, Australian Indigenous and Pacific Islander.
Carnival organiser Lee Potini said the opening ceremony was at 5pm where they would acknowledge Kalkadoon people.
"The first game will be played at 6pm with everyone playing each other twice in ten minute halves and then a final," Potini said.
"John Doyle is coaching Indigenous Australia, Sonny Foster New Zealand and Hese Tupou the Pacific Islander."
Potini said she hoped the carnival continued for many years to come.
"We aim for this to happen annually, with the winning side holding on to the trophy each year," she said.
"We are also selling the jerseys for $50 each after the final."
The canteen will be open for food and drink and a gold coin donation is needed upon arrival instead of the usual five dollar entry fee for rugby.
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