Season 2018 On The Way

illawarrarugbylogoIt’s the end of January already with the 2018 Season fast approaching. The Macarthur International Tens will get things underway for Illawarra Rugby in just over three weeks time on Saturday 17th February at Camden Rugby Park.

A week later what is now one of the major events in Australian Rugby the Kiama Sevens is on as usual at Kiama Showground on the last Saturday in February. A full card of entries has been received for the Tournament which is now recognised a real stepping stone for players striving for higher Sevens representation with all the scouts heading down the coast for the big day.

Super Rugby starts also on the 17th February when the South African Conference kicks off. The Australian group are away from Round 2 a week later. There will be plenty of interest when The Rebels meet the Reds in Melbourne on Friday 23rd to get the Aussie group underway. The Sunwolves host the Brumbies in Tokyo on the afternoon of Saturday 24th, and later that night the Waratahs open their season at home in Sydney against the Stormers.

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Camden 10's on Again

Camden 10s

The Macarthur International Tens will return again in 2018. The Tournament will launch the 2018 season at Camden Rugby Park on Saturday 17th February. There will be $5,000.00 in Prizemoney up for grabs with entries strictly limited. Entries to Nominations close 9th February. Winners of the last two years, the Deadwood Timberwolves have indicated that they will be defending their title again this year.

Check details on Facebook @MacarthurInternational10s or on the web at

Phone Contact – Richard Old 0412 439715

New Structure for NSW Rugby Administration

Several years ago the decision was made to separate the administration of the NSW Waratahs from NSW Rugby with each organisation to run their own affairs. After some very lean times and a somewhat poor financial performance from both organisations the two bodies have been returned to one entity.

Under the leadership of the new Boss of NSW Rugby Andrew Hore, changes have been made. The NSW Rugby administration and the NSW Waratahs have moved into new headquarters at the UNSW David Phillips Sports Complex at Daceyville in southern Sydney. Plans are for the area to become a High Performance Hub for the Waratahs.

Recently Andrew Hore announced that a $12.00 state enforced player levy is to be introduced on all registered players in NSW for 2018. In the following article which originally appeared in Rugby News .com, Hore explained the new structure and the direction for NSW Rugby in 2018. The article follows in full:

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The Rogues Rant

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

Who is Raelene Castle? She is the person with the task of leading Rugby Australia out of the Doldrums in 2018 and beyond. Castle recently announced as the new CEO of Rugby Australia, replacing the outgoing Bill Pulver, takes over in January 2018 with a huge task ahead. Castle is an Australian born New Zealander, born in Wagga Wagga in the 1960’s. Her father Bruce Castle was a Kiwi Rugby League representative who spent a couple years in Wagga Wagga as Captain/Coach of Turvey Park Rugby League Club. Castle’s mother Marlene is a four times Commonwealth Games Bowls representative for New Zealand, so sport has played a significant part in Raelene’s life. From a successful Commercial Marketing background Castle was the CEO of Netball New Zealand for six years before holding the top Job at the Canterbury Bulldogs. After four turbulent years as the Bulldogs CEO, Castle moves into the top Rugby job with plenty of work to do to resurrect the fortunes of Rugby at all levels. With her broad experiences in her past positions she is well placed to hit the ground running in the overall Australian sporting landscape. Let’s hope she can bring all aspects of the Australian game together for the sake of Rugby right across the country.

NSW Rugby and the Waratahs have moved into their new home at the UNSW David Phillips Sports Complex. The facility is to become a High Performance Hub for the NSW Waratahs with the Waratahs head office and training base re-locating from Allianz Stadium. The UNSW Logo will also become a part of the Waratahs playing strip in 2018 as the two organizations enter a partnership aimed at providing high performance facilities for the University and the wider community. The Waratahs will continue to play their Super Rugby home games at Allianz Stadium.

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Response to the Rogues Rant

The Rogue received an email from Ken Phillis up the Northern Beaches way this week. Ken wanted to comment on the last Rant in regard to the IDRU Amateur status, as below:

Dear Rogue,

I am writing this as a rugby fan not as a representative of the Shamrocks Rugby Club. The introduction of Amateur status in the Illawarra next year has been well received at our Club.

I personally disagree with your comment of Clubs paying Marquee players as not all Clubs can afford to pay players. As you stated already some Clubs are trying to entice players to other Clubs with cash inducements. This would again favour the strong rich Clubs and the minor Clubs would lose the star Juniors they have developed in their Club. This has happened to our Club.

We have always relied on developing talent through our Juniors; consequently we are a strong Club. If we brought in a couple of Marquee players from  Sydney or overseas and paid them, what would that say to players like Rhys Peters, Izaak Lunney, Rory Davis, Tristram Storm etc who have come through our Junior ranks and play for nothing.

Our Club relies on getting finance from a few sponsors, our main income is from our successful canteen. We are totally responsible for our ground and Clubhouse and this costs us a lot of money each year.

Recently we spent money on fencing our entire ground and currently we are replacing the field lighting with the latest technology. Our aim is to provide good facilities and amenities for our players and members for years to come.

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The Rogues Rant

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

For the second year running the Wallabies year has ended in frustration and disappointment. After an appalling start to the rep season against the All Blacks in Sydney the Wallabies slowly got their act together throughout the Rugby Championships, and finished the local matches with a great win over the Kiwi’s in Brisbane. A romp against Japan and a dominate performance against Wales in Cardiff lifted everyone’s spirits for the remainder of the Northern Tour. But just as we saw last year the Wallabies fell away badly against the Poms and Scotsmen, looking jaded and way off the pace as their opponents registered their biggest wins in history on the Wallabies. So once again we are asking the question, just where is Australian Rugby heading.

IDRU Rugby Chairman Steve Tresidder has won a spot on the NSW Country Board for the next two years. Steve’s new job was confirmed at the Country AGM two weeks ago at which the well-respected Peter Veenstra was bestowed with Life Membership of NSW Country Rugby. Peter has recently retired as General Manager of Central West Rugby and after many years of service with Country Rugby is looking forward to a well -deserved rest. I’m sure his many friends in Country Rugby will get plenty of opportunity to say G’Day as it will be impossible to keep him away from the Rugby.

On the local front long time Shamrocks clubman Tom Ellicott has joined the IDRU Board for 2018. Also at the AGM last week at the Builders Club former IDRU Rugby Chairman and longtime Referee Peter Leiner was confirmed as the latest Life Member of the IDRU. Peter has spent a lifetime in Illawarra Rugby, firstly as a player with the original Waratahs Club, before taking up Refereeing and the last ten years as Rugby Chairman. A much deserved reward for a true servant of local Rugby. Well done Peter.

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