The annual Confraternity Rugby League carnival will take place at Brothers Ipswich from June 29 to Friday, July 3, 2015.

The carnival will be hosted by St Peter Claver College.

The carnival is in its 36th year and will feature 48 teams from throughout Queensland ranging from Cairns in the north to Gold Coast and as far west as Roma and Mt Isa.

This year, the carnival welcomes its first international team – with a school from Papua New Guinea joining the tournament. Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College will make its debut in Second Division.

Two other new sides this year will include Our Lady of the Southern Cross Dalby and Chisholm College Logan.

The carnival will return to Ipswich for the first time since 2007.

Operations Manager for the Queensland Independent Secondary Schools Rugby League Mark Bunting said the carnival will be one of the tightest carnivals in years.

Defending Shield Champions St Brendan’s College will be out to win back-to-back carnivals, but they will be up against old foes Ignatius Park Townsville, St Mary’s Toowoomba and Padua College from Brisbane.

Cathedral College Rockhampton will be the dark horses for the carnival. Host school St Peter Claver will be strong on home turf.

Everyone is looking forward to a great carnival at Ipswich typically known for its cold wintery weather. Some of the northern schools may struggle a bit in the cool weather.

The Confraternity has featured many player who have gone on to achieve higher things in the game, with 150 NRL players, 30 State of Origin and 20 Australian players all involved in past tournaments.

It is the biggest schoolboy rugby league carnival of its kind in Australia.

See more at www.qissrl.com.au