In late April 2018 (22 – 28 April 2018) Australia is hosting the first major World Deaf Rugby event for more than fifteen years, with the aim of making it the biggest Deaf Rugby competition the world has seen.  It will include International, Australian State/Territory, and Combined rugby 7’s teams, with the intention of also staging one or more International Deaf Rugby Tests depending on player numbers.

It will be an official World Deaf Rugby event – the first ever international/national Deaf Rugby 7’s competition anywhere in the world. 
This event will provide a vehicle for showcasing and promoting Deaf rugby, raising its profile within the Deaf and rugby communities worldwide and encouraging wider participation, with the ultimate aim of growing the sport in Australia and across the world.

It is anticipated that the event will attract up to ten (10) international Deaf rugby teams from many countries and continents – Europe, South Africa, UK, South America, Asia, North America, New Zealand, Fiji and other Asia-Pacific Islands.  State/Territory teams from right across Australia are expected to participate.
A Women’s Competition, as well as a Coaching Clinic for kids is also envisaged.
A special Event Team has been set up to organize and manage the WDR7’s Australia 2018 event.

The WDR7’s Event Team members are:
Michael Conroy
Joe Reed
Nicholas Marlor
Steven Cardamone
Johanna Plante  (Event Coordinator)