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Queensland Rugby Union program kicks off

Published: 17 September 2014

Queensland Rugby Union program kicks off

Almost 300 Pacific Islander rugby players from local schools ran out onto Logan City Rugby Union club grounds at Meakin Park in Slacks Creek this month to participate in the Logan School 7s event, part of the Pacific Islander Community Engagement Project (PICEP).

Queensland Reds players Ben Tapuai and Samuela Kerevi were on hand to kick off the event on 5 September, along with Logan City Mayor Pam Parker and the Honourable Glen Elmes, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and Multicultural Affairs, both members of the Logan: City of Choice Leadership Team.

It was the first in what will be a series of events as part of the PICEP trial in Logan, which uses sport to build meaningful and more cohesive relationships between Pacific Islander communities and other cultural groups in Logan.

As part of the Logan: City of Choice initiative, Logan City Council has invested $40,000 in the partnership project with Queensland Rugby Union, which is also supported by the Queensland Government.

Logan City has an enviable reputation for developing world class rugby union players, with Israel Folau, Nick 'Hoey Badger' Cummins and Matt Toomua among locals who are, or have previously been, in the Wallabies squad.