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Festival of Rugby

04 April 2022

On 11 and 12 February 2022 in partnership with Queensland Rugby Union and New South Wales Rugby Union, the Santos Festival of Rugby took place at Gallas Fox Park in Roma.

The annual event celebrated rugby at both the professional and community level.

Headlining the festival was the Queensland Reds V NSW Waratahs trial match. The Roma Rugby 7s tournament was another major drawcard with 40 teams and a prize pool of $20,000. This is one of the premiere Rugby 7s tournaments in Australia. The week leading up to the festival involved visits to several regional schools delivering rugby union specific drills to almost 1000 children, conducting a come and try rugby union clinic at Roma and an online coaching clinic run by David Rennie.

In 2022, Santos provided almost $1M to the sport, which included contributions to new field LED lighting, canteen, cold room and a playing surface upgrade for the Roma Rugby and Junior Cricket Clubs.

The Queensland Government contributed $50,000 towards the event.