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Breakers bust up forms a new bond for the Gold Coast to play top-tier rugby

Ruaridh Mackenzie, Stacey Hosking and Douglas MacMillan. Pic: Scott Fletcher

Ruaridh Mackenzie, Stacey Hosking and Douglas MacMillan. Pic: Scott Fletcher Source: News Limited

BOND University hopes to unearth the next generation of Wallabies stars after entering a team in Queensland’s top rugby competition.

Bond University Rugby Club will compete in the Queensland Premier Rugby, the tier below Super Rugby, which kicks off this weekend.

The Gold Coast Breakers have disbanded with Bond picking up about three-quarters of their players in a revamped structure.

The BURC will still play in Breakers colours but not carry the moniker.

Bond has identified rugby as a sport it can develop future stars in.

Skipper Stacey Hosking said the future was looking bright for the new club.

“Bond has given us all these facilities, coaches and a financial backing,” he said.

“We’re under no illusions that it’s going to be a tough year but the boys are ready to step up. It’s going to be a couple of years plan for sure, but we can be one of the best Premier clubs in Queensland and within the country.”

The Breakers struggled to be competitive in the last few years of their existence and struck up a partnership with Bond last season.

Hosking said the team was looking to make improvements.

“We used to hop around from field to field. It was difficult. We have a home now. A clubhouse and great stands,” he said.

“It’s more of a team environment and it’s good for the families to come down and support.”

Former Breakers boss Tim Rowlands is chief executive of the new club and prominent Gold Coast businessman Tom Ray is president.

Bond will field four teams — the Premier, Premier Colts, first grade and a Colts 1 team — in the Brisbane competition.

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