RUGBY Australia's High-Performance team will be back in Taree next week to unearth First Nations talent.
The second leg of the #dreamBigTime tour will kick off Monday May 20 with the first pitstop being Taree before winding up the east coast over two massive weeks. They'll be at Taree Rugby Park at Urura Lane from 11.30 to 1.30.
Following the third talent ID tour in the coming months the top 130 players will be flown to Sydney for a four-day camp where their skills will be put to the test in front of a panel of national coaches.
Two squads of 20 will then be chosen to represent two First Nations Sevens sides who will compete in five domestic and two international tournaments.
The long-term goal will be selecting at least two players to join the Australian Sevens squads for the 2024 Olympics.
Former Australian Men's Sevens assistant coach Jarred Hodges is leading the project with the support of Rugby Australia and the Member Unions.
''We're excited to get back out to regional Australia where we know there is a genuine thirst for rugby in these towns,'' Hodges said.
''We witnessed more than five hundred people put on a superb performance on the first tour and we're expecting that number to double.
''We will have several Australian Sevens stars joining us on the trip to help host sessions and educate people around the international opportunities this sport has to offer.
''We will also ensure this won't be a one-off visit as we will work with the Member Unions to re-visit each of these communities and keep tapping into existing talent.''
Rugby Australia has also partnered with the Aboriginal Medical Services in each of the towns to promote the importance of keeping healthy both on and off the field.