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Easts Premier Rugby coach Pat Richards will coach Queensland A

Easts Premier Rugby coach Pat Richards will coach Queensland A during their three Pacific Rugby Cup matches while John Dart has been announced as his assistant.

All three Queensland A Pacific Rugby Cup matches will be played at Ballymore with Sunday night the first of three contests that also includes Tonga A on Thursday 1 March and Samoa A on Monday 5 March.

The competition is seen as a key development tool for the IRB, as it looks to promote the development of young Rugby players in the Pacific Islands by offering them the opportunity to test themselves against the rising stars of the game in Australia and New Zealand.

The competition, which runs in Australia from February 24 to March 5, will then see the three Pacific Island sides travel to New Zealand for the second stage of the competition from March 9 to 19. The series will conclude later this year with games played between the three Pacific Islands sides in the Pacific Islands.

The Australian leg will feature nine games and offer both contracted players from Australian FxPro Super Rugby Squads along with each team’s Extended Player Squads the opportunity to test their skills in the cauldron of international representative Rugby.

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