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After a promising start with three wins and hopes of a Grand Slam increasing, the Wallabies Spring tour came to a sour end with Saturday’s loss to England. In the end the tour pretty much summed up the season for the Wallabies which can only be described as disappointing and frustrating for all concerned. At times throughout the year and again during the tour of the Old Dart, the Wallabies showed that they were capable of producing the physicality and the attacking flair to trouble any side. Once again, as we have seen many times in 2016, the side’s basic skills have once again let them down. Tries went begging from poor handling and option choices as they were unable to put their opponents under pressure for the full eighty minutes of their matches. The question now is where does Australian Rugby go from here?

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7S Junior Warrior Update

Over the pasted weekend four Illawarra Junior sevens teams consisting of two 17s and two 15s both Girls and Boys travelled to the NSW 7s championships in Newcastle with pleasing results.

Both the girls side in the 17s and 15s winning the Plate final after 2 long days of competition with four players in the under 17s girls team gaining selection for the NSW team to compete in the National Championships in Perth congratulations to Keeley Davis , Abbey Holemes, Rikeya Home And Bella McKenzie.

The Boys team in the under 17s won the plate final with two players making the train on squad for the NSW team. And the under 15s competed hard of the two days of competition.

 Well done to all involved.

 Also remember Campbelltown sevens is on next weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

The Rogues Rant

RoguesRantWelcome to The Rogues Rant, an occasional look at all things Rugby.

Has the world gone completely mad? Donald Trump the President of the USA! The Australian Cricket side loses the first test of the summer for the first time in 28 years! The All Blacks beaten 40 – 29 in Chicago by Ireland after 18 straight wins! The Wallabies get off to a flyer with a five tries to one 32 – 8 win over Wales in Cardiff! What can we expect this weekend in Edinburgh? Scotland is probably the form side in Britain behind England and will be smarting after the World Cup loss to the Wallabies last year. A fast flowing attacking match can be expected from both sides. No tip from me here, but I will tip the All Blacks to beat Italy, or will they?

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The IDRU Board has given provisional approval for two clubs to join the 2017 IDRU Competition. Wollondilly are looking to rejoin the Third Grade competition next year along with a new club to be based in the Albion Park area. The Southern Crushers Rugby Club is planning to field a 3rd Grade team and several junior teams as well next year. With several huge housing estate developments going on south of Wollongong such an enterprise is long overdue and very welcome indeed. The Crushers are already training regularly on Friday nights with a 5.30 start on the fields opposite Albion Park High School in Church Street, Albion Park. Check out the Southern Crushers Rugby Club on Facebook. For further details and to express your interest you can call Nathan Calder on 0432 759205 or Shane Schutz on 0424 993429.Southern Crushers Logo

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Junior Illawarrior Update

This weekend all rugby roads lead to TJ Milner Field Eastwood for the under 16 NSW challenge. With a number of young Illawarriors participating for the NSW Country under 16s(Oscar Moran, Alex Jones Mataia, Opeti Taufahema, Reece Apolo, Jacob Wright and Coach: Tony Leeder Smith ) Prior to their tour of New Zealand.

The NSW under 16s challenge is played between NSW Country , NSW Schools , NSW Under 15s and Sydney juniors under 16s, Country Play their first game on Saturday the 24th at 10.00am against NSW Schools then 1.00pm against Sydney Juniors. Sunday the 25th will see the final game against NSW Under 15s at 10.00am. Good luck to all.

In other Junior Illawarrior news, former Shamrock Junior Liam Rash played in the Australia A schoolboys team on the weekend against the touring Tonga Schoolboys team at Newington College. More news with the Australia Schoolboys team have just left for a two week tour of Samoa and New Zealand with Assistance Coach Jay Tregonning former Illawarra Caldwell Cup winning captain

Junior Seven News, following on from the weekend trails at Bowral where over 120 players trialed , Illawarra have 4 teams selected in the under 15s and 17s with 2 boys and 2 Girls teams to compete at the Bowral 7s on October 1st and then the State titles at Coffs Harbour on the 28-29 October. Training is Tuesday and Thursday 5.00 to 6.30PM at Illawarra Sports High School.

 

The Rogues Rant

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Grand Final day 2016 will go down as one of the most memorable in the history of Illawarra Rugby. We witnessed three fantastic games of Rugby all going right down to the wire. In particular the top grade match between University and Shamrocks was a wonderful match played in a fantastic spirit by both sides. Every player on the field gave their all in quest of the title with the match going into extra time. The intensity shown by both sides particularly in defense, provided the healthy crowd present with a match to remember. Having seen most of the last 26 IDRU Grand Finals, I can’t recall a game that matched the commitment shown from both sides as the match went on for 100 relentless minutes. Congratulations to all involved in bringing two such well-prepared sides together for a remarkable game that was appreciated by all who attended. Let’s hope that the administrative glitch that marred the final stages of the match does not detract from the super effort of all the players involved in such a memorable Grand Final.

A very unwelcomed sequel from last weeks’ Grand Final day will be played out at the Judiciary next week. Shamrocks Coach Ron Davis will answer a misconduct charge after an alleged incident of Referee abuse at the conclusion of the 2nd Grade match. Ron along with his coaching staff has done a fantastic job of turning the fortunes of the Rocks around in 2016, but any suggestion of Referee abuse must be dealt with swiftly and without favor in the best interest of Rugby no matter who may be involved.

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