Top young rugby union talent shines in Camden: Photos

Thousands of rugby union supporters flocked to Camden to watch some of the state's brightest stars in action over the long weekend.

The 2019 NSW Junior Rugby Union Under-12s State Championships began on Saturday at Camden Rugby Park and concluded on Monday.

More than 400 players from across NSW competed in this year's prestigious event.

Camden Rugby Club facilities chairman Ross Neich estimated that more than 3000 people watched matches across the three days.

"It was a huge success and there was some outstanding rugby played by all teams," he said.

The local area was represented by Illawarra, which included a handful of Macarthur players.

Illawarra started its campaign with a 5-all draw with Northern Suburbs before falling 19-5 to Hunter on Saturday afternoon.

Illawarra then bounced back to record a comprehensive 53-0 win over Wests on Sunday morning, before losing 29-0 to Randwick that afternoon.

Illawarra capped off the competition with a 14-12 win over Central North on Monday.

The overall winner was Penrith, which recorded a 19-12 victory over Southern Districts in the final.

2019 marked the 13th time that Camden had hosted the state under-12s tournament.

Neich thanked Camden Council for its support during the competition, which included a $3000 grant.

He said his club would now start planning to host the championship again next year.