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It was sad to hear of the passing of Ken Catchpole at the end of 2017. Catchpole was an extraordinary Rugby Player, rated by many as the best ever Australia has produced. The little Halfback made his First Grade debut for Randwick as a 19 year old in 1959. Later the same year after a handful of matches in the top grade, he played his first match for NSW against the touring British Lions which NSW won 18 – 14. The following season Catchpole Captained NSW for the first time against the All Blacks at 20 years of age. He made his first Wallaby appearance appointed as Captain at 21 years of age in 1961, playing Test Matches against Fiji, South Africa and France. He made 27 appearances for Australia, thirteen as Captain before a horrific injury ended his career in 1968 aged just 28. Catchpole had his Hamstring torn from the bone along with several Groin Muscles ruptured at the hands of All Black Colin Meads and never played Rugby again.      Rest in Peace Ken Catchpole.

The return to Australian Rugby for David Pocock will be delayed for a couple of months. Pocock has had surgery to repair a damaged Knee Cartilage which will delay his return for the Brumbies in this year’s Super Rugby campaign. It’s a problem that has been apparent for some time and after a stint with Japanese Club side Panasonic Wild Knights surgery was required to bring the knee up to strength for the years ahead for the former Wallaby Captain.

The rumor mill is turning over already this year with word suggesting that the Australian Schoolboys Tour to the UK deferred in 2017 is under threat once again for 2018 due to a lack of Rugby Australia funding. Let’s hope new CEO Raelene Castle can get this all important part of the development program back on track.

The IDRU Draw will be released very soon. An eighteen round program commencing April 7th with a Grand Final date of 15th September to be confirmed. The upcoming trial matches between Southern Districts and the Illawarriors squads will in fact be on March 17th at Campbelltown. Two grounds will be operation on the day with the Illawarriors opposed to Souths 1st Grade at 5.00PM on the main ground. At 3.30 Harlequins will play Souths 2nds, with Wollongong Uni to play Souths lower grades on the top ground at 2.15 and 100PM. On the bottom Field, Souths No.1 Colts will play the Illawarrior Colts at 3.30. after Souths No.2 side play Campbelltown 2nds at 2.15 and Wollondilly V Souths No.3 Colts at 1.00PM.

All opinions offered in this column are the opinion of the author. They should not be considered to represent the views of the IDRU.

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