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Aussie rules fans in for treat with Brisbane Lions visit

AFL fan Riley Fleming gets an autograph from Lions captain Jonathan Brown during the team's last visit to Toowoomba in 2011.
AFL fan Riley Fleming gets an autograph from Lions captain Jonathan Brown during the team's last visit to Toowoomba in 2011. Kevin Farmer

AUSSIE rules fans are in for a rare treat next February when the Brisbane Lions spend two days in Toowoomba.

The Lions will visit the city on February 15-16 as part of the AFL Community Camps which aim to take the game to regional areas.

They'll have a busy schedule with visits to schools, local football clubs, nursing homes and hospitals as well as a pre-season training run.

The Lions last visited the Darling Downs in 2011 and AFLQ development officer Jeff Neumann said it was fantastic to have them back.

"It's not every day in country Queensland you get the full list of an elite sporting team," he said.

"We're lucky enough that the Lions are coming back."

The Lions will hold an open training session on the Saturday to coincide with the AFL Darling Downs sign-on day for next season.

Every club will be involved and Neumann said he hoped the presence of the Lions stars might attract a few new players to the sport.

"It's fantastic for Aussie rules in general," he said.

"It's a full couple of days of activities. Fans have the chance to meet their favourite players and get autographs.

"Hopefully we can get a few more kids to sign on."

General manager of football operations Dean Warren said the Lions were excited to visit Toowoomba again.

"It's so important to bring the game into regional areas of Australia and we are particularly excited to be heading back to Toowoomba," he said.

"The people of Toowoomba were just outstanding and all our players were very humbled by the community spirit there."

A detailed itinerary will be released in the coming weeks.

Topics:  afl darling downs, brisbane lions



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