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The annual PCYC Nations of Origin rugby league competition is set to take centre stage at Raymond Terrace next Wednesday.

Since its inception three years ago, the event has gone from strength to strength and is tipped to pip last year’s number that saw 700 participants from 23 Aboriginal nations across NSW take part in the two-day tournament.

The event is designed to promote reconciliation within communities by engaging the Aboriginal Nations of NSW and people of non-Aboriginal descent.

Participating teams consist of eight Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and four non-Aboriginal players, and players have the chance to design their own jerseys, creating more colour to what is expected to be a magnificent couple of days.

Crowds in their thousands are expected to flock Raymond Terrace over the two days to see kids from all over NSW show off their fancy skills in a fast-paced game.

“The Inaugural Nations of Origin 7s Rugby League tournament in 2013 was a huge success with over 500 young people participating and representing their traditional Aboriginal nation across NSW,” PCYC Community Engagement Manager Paula Skinner said.

“It also saw over 3000 people attending to witness the event over the 2 days of fast paced action. 

“In response to the success of 2013 this year’s event has seen the tournament grow from a 35 to 64 team tournament which will see 26 Aboriginal Nations competing from across NSW and ACT.”

Action kicks off at 8:30am on Wednesday, July 1 at Raymond Terrace.

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New South Wales 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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