BROAD BASE: Springfield's strong junior numbers will help the club return to senior rugby.
BROAD BASE: Springfield's strong junior numbers will help the club return to senior rugby. Inga Williams

What next for the Springfield Hawks

ONE of the growth areas identified by the QSRU is Springfield, which already has a huge junior base of players.

Barber Cup premiers in 2015, the Hawks will be a big loss to the competition but Noel Rafter is confident Springfield will return in the near future.

"Springfield do have some issues that they need to sort out,” Rafter admitted. "Historically they are a junior-based club but they need to have a senior structure in place so they don't have players disappear to other areas.

"It is a shame to see but hopefully they will re-emerge. (The Ipswich Rangers) had their own problems a few years ago even though they are one of the historic clubs who were around in the 1970's when I was still playing.

"They went from having a great amount of strength to experiencing exactly what some clubs are going through now. To their credit they have started to build their numbers again now.”

With the Rangers and Goodna two of the five teams in this year's Barber and Pegg Cup competitions, Rafter said the QSRU were eager to host future Rugby Tens tournaments in Ipswich after its success earlier this year.