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Outback opportunities not just for players

The Queensland Rugby League Outback program provides players with a fantastic opportunity to experience the very best of the game.

Players and staff involved in the Open Men’s, junior boys and junior girls – and now the Open Women’s - teams have the chance to take part in representative fixtures, meet new people and advance their skills.

The Outback junior teams play annually at the Glynn Rees / Geoff Orman Cultural Exchange Carnival at Coolum on the Sunshine Coast. Teams play for enjoyment and to soak in a new experience both on the off the field, which last year included learning how to surf.

During last year's representative fixture, the Queensland Outback Open Men’s team went down against opponents North Queensland United in an entertaining game and will again be coached by Wayne 'Cabbage' Collie, with the team in need of an assistant coach, team manager and sports trainer to join him for the 2022 campaign.

North Queensland United v Queensland Outback Women's

The inaugural Queensland Outback Women’s team played their first match under the guidance of FOG #119 John Buttigieg and were victorious, recording a strong 20-8 win against their opposition.

Former Queensland Women’s representative player Nikki Richards was assistant coach and this year will step up into the head coaching role with Buttigieg remaining on staff as assistant coach.

The women’s team is seeking a team manager and a sports trainer to come on board as part of the support staff.

After a successful staging in Tully last year, this year’s fixtures are set to be played in Roma on Sunday, July 24, 2022.

Outback celebrate a win in their 2020 match on Thursday Island. Photo: Colleen Edwards / QRL
Outback celebrate a win in their 2020 match on Thursday Island. Photo: Colleen Edwards / QRL

Staff required for the Outback representative teams

Queensland Outback Open Men's team

Assistant coach
Team manager
Sports trainer

Queensland Outback Open Women's team

Team manager
Sports trainer

Queensland Outback junior boys

Under 14 Boys coach
under 14 Boys assistant coach
Under 14 Boys team manager
Under 14 Boys sports trainer

Under 16 Boys coach
Under 16 Boys assistant coach
Under 16 Boys team manager
Under 16 Boys sports trainer

Queensland Outback junior girls

Under 14 Girls coach
under 14 Girls assistant coach
Under 14 Girls team manager
Under 14 Girls sports trainer

Under 17 Girls coach
under 17 Girls assistant coach
Under 17  Girls team manager
Under 17 Girls sports trainer

More information regarding qualifications for each of these roles can be found via the online application forms below.

Senior Queensland Outback representative team staff application form - 2022

Junior Queensland Outback representative team staff application form - 2022

The closing date for all applications is close of business February 4, 2022.

Main image: Reeghyn Beardmore in action for Outback Women's team in 2021. Photo: Karen Beardmore 

Acknowledgement of Country

Queensland Rugby League respects and honours the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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