News Archive

November 2014
Australian Rugby Union is delighted to announce that Sila Tuangakava from the Western Raptors Junior Rugby Union and Penrith District Junior Rugby Union has been named the 2014 Asteron Life Community Coach of the Year.
September 2014
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June 2014
The International Rugby Board has announced the match official appointments for The Rugby Championship 2014, with Australian Rugby to be represented by Steve Walsh and Rohan Hoffmann.

The IRB has announced its match officials list for the second stage of the 2014 IRB Junior World Championships overnight, with two Australians appointed to referee two of the games in New Zealand on Sunday.

April 2014

We’re excited to announce that Australian Rugby will be moving to a new online system for national competition management and participant registration for the 2014 Rugby Sevens season and the 2015 club Rugby season.

We’re set for an exciting year with plenty to look forward to in 2014, including our Qantas Men’s Sevens team competing in the Commonwealth Games (July), the Women’s Rugby World Cup in France (August) and the launch of a new domestic competition – the National Rugby Championship (August).

The IRB has announced its list of appointments to a host of international tournaments and matches this year, with nine Australian Rugby Union-affiliated referees featuring prominently.


March 2014

NSW has emerged victorious in the National Under 20 Championship with a hard fought 31-18 win over traditional rivals Queensland in Canberra on Wednesday 26 March

February 2014

After 18 months of preparation for the competition, the Junior Gold Cup commences tonight at Ballymore with Brisbane Yellow taking on Gold Coast. The competition has 24 competing centres across Australia with teams in both the 15’s and 17s category will compete over six weeks to see who will be crowned the inaugural Junior Gold Cup champion. 

January 2014

More people participated in Rugby across Australia in the past year than ever before, with 615,809 participants in 2013 compared to the previous year (an increase of 27.5%), with participation in Rugby Sevens a major factor in the increase in participation numbers. 

Australia’s best emerging Super Rugby talent will compete against national representative teams from Fiji, Japan, Samoa, Tonga and Argentina in next month’s 2014 IRB Pacific Rugby Cup (PRC) to be held over five weeks across Australia.

December 2013

Teams from 24 centres across Australia - from Cairns to Perth - have been selected to compete in the inaugural Junior Gold Cup, a national youth championships for Under 15 and Under 17 boys culminating  in finals in April next year. 

The final match for the Macquarie Bank Australian Schools team on the tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland was against Munster Under 18s. The game was played at the impressive home of Munster Rugby, Thomond Park in Limerick.

Cold, wet and miserable conditions prevailed for the Test between the Australian Schools Team and Ireland Under 18s at the home of Ulster Rugby, Ravenhill, Belfast.

The famous Donnybrook Stadium in Dublin was the venue for the clash with Leinster Under18s. Conditions were dry and cool and the pitch in first class order. A large parochial crowd of Dublin locals had turned up to the match with expectations high for a good performance against the Australian Schools team.

The bagpipes played as the Australian Schools warmed up on a very wet and windy late afternoon for their match against Scotland Under 18s at the Edinburgh ”Watsonians” home ground. 

November 2013

The first Test of the Australian Schoolboys Grand Slam Tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland tour had finally arrived with the match against Wales Under 18s at “The Gnoll”, Neath Rugby Club.

The future stars of world Rugby will come together in New Zealand from June 2-20 for the IRB Junior World Championship 2014.

Thirty Schoolboys from across Australia, aged between 16 and 18 years, have embarked on a Rugby experience of a lifetime, jetting off to the UK and Ireland for a once in four year Grand Slam Tour.

Australia’s first ever female Rugby Union referee, Robin Timmins, has been selected as this year’s recipient of the IRB Development Award.

The Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team and Australian Rugby Union would like to thank all girls who have nominated for the National Indigenous Schoolgirls Ella 7’s.

October 2013

Australian Rugby Union today announced the eight nominees from across the country for the 2013 National Volunteer of the Year Award, with the winner to be presented at the John Eales Medal this Thursday 24 October.

Australian Rugby today announced the Wallaroos training squad for the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup in France next August.

Australian Rugby Union today announced the 2014 playing schedule for Australia’s elite women, with the Wallaroos set to play reigning Women’s Rugby World Cup champions New Zealand and Canada in the inaugural International Series in New Zealand in May and June next year.

A superb touchline conversion from flyhalf Damian McKenzie with just two minutes left has given the New Zealand Schools a nail-biting 17-16 victory over Gulliver’s Sports Travel Australian Schools in the Macquarie Bank Schools Rugby Tri-Nations Series in Sydney tonight.

Queensland Red claimed the National Under 16 Rugby Championship in convincing style today, after defeating New South Wales Schools 31-7 in Sydney to claim the Rod Macqueen Shield.

NSW's female players have swept the board at the National Women’s Championships, with Sydney women winning the cup competition and the Westpac NSW Country Corellas taking the Plate honours.

The Gullivers Sports Travel Australian Schoolboys have launched their 2013 Macquarie Bank Schools Rugby Tri-Nations Series with a dominant 31-7 victory over Fijian Schools played in front of over 2000 delighted Rugby fans at Knox Grammar School in Sydney on Tuesday.

Australia’s Wallabies of the future are on display this week at the National Under 16 Championship being held in Sydney until Friday October 4th.

September 2013

Northern Rugby enthusiasts will have the chance to see an international clash in their region next week when The Armidale School hosts a clash between the NSW Country Schoolboys and the touring Fijian Schoolboys XV.

The next generation of female Sevens stars have been developing their skills and fighting out selection for the NSW U18s Sevens teams to contest the 2013 National Girls U18s Sevens Championships.

August 2013

Northern Queensland has successfully defended its National Indigenous Under 16s national title, after beating Northern South Wales on the Gold Coast on Monday.

 Congratulations to the following players. 

In an action packed 2013 National Wheelchair Rugby Championships, the Qld Cyclones arose victorious smashing their way to an unexpected win against Victoria Thunder.

It’s not every day a Qantas Wallaby player visits your local Rugby match. It’s even rarer to see the Bledisloe Cup there.

The National Volunteer of the Year program recognises and rewards the efforts of volunteers who devote countless hours to Rugby.  Nominations are now open, with each State or Territory Union to select one nominee to attend the John Eales Medal Dinner, which includes the announcement of the National Volunteer of the Year 2013.

July 2013

Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office Sydney have signed an official agreement to sponsor the Hong Kong NSW Schoolboys Sevens 2013 Championship organised by the NSWRU Development Team.

HSBC Waratahs players have this month clocked up over 3,500km, travelling across NSW to support the 2013 Camp Waratah regional clinics.

Don't miss out on your chance to get up close and personal with some of the game's stars! Imagine running on the Qantas Wallabies match ball or playing pre-game. Nominate now for your chance to win with Australian Rugby Union Rewards Program.

Two NSW teams fought out the final of the Australian Schools Championship in Sydney on Saturday, with defending Champions NSW I defeating NSW II at St Ignatius College, Riverview.

Novotel Australian Schools Rugby Championships Match Day 4 Results. Competition continues on Saturday 6th July, with the Championships Final at 12.30pm. Spectators are welcome.

New South Wales Schoolboys have swept the field at this year’s Novotel Australian Schools Rugby Championships. Both sides recorded final round victories over Queensland to top their respective pools and set up an all-NSW final for the first time since 2002.

Nominations are now open for this years' under 16s Schoolboys, under 18s Schoolgirls Ella Sevens and the 2014 under 18s Schoolboys tournaments

Novotel Australian Schools Rugby Championships Match Day 3 Results. Competition continues on Friday 5th July, with the Championships Final taking place on Saturday 6th July at 12.30pm. Spectators are welcome.

More girls have signed up to play junior rugby for the Mudgee Wombats following the success of their recent Gala Day, which attracted 41 teams from across the New South Wales Central West.

Novotel Australian Schools Rugby Championships Match Day 2 Results. Competition continues on Thursday 4th July and spectators are welcome.

Novotel Australian Schools Rugby Championships Day 1 Results. Competition will resume again on Wednesday 3rd July and spectators are welcome.

June 2013

The Novotel Australian Schools Rugby Championships kicks off in Sydney on Monday with 12 teams descending on St. Ignatius’ College Riverview for a week of competition.

The Western Australian State Schoolboys squad has been announced ahead of the upcoming 2013 National Schoolboy Championships starting in Sydney next week.

Queensland will be determined to reclaim their interstate dominance after two strong representative teams were chosen to compete at the Australian Schoolboy Championships beginning on July 1 at St.Ignatius College, Riverview.

Over 220 school students from Central Wollongong schools participated in the four week Intro to Rugby program recently, with a visit from Waratah and local Jed Holloway a highlight.

An exciting opportunity for referees and match officials in the weeks leading up to the Test Matches between the Qantas Wallabies and the British & Irish Lions to learn from the best.

Women’s Sevens is the new black. World Cup, world titles and world travel, not to mention the prospect of an Olympic medal, has got everyone excited.

Almost five decades of service to the NSW Rugby community has today seen Mrs Robin Timmins recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

With a population of 2,546, this little island of only 3.5 square kilometres last week welcomed three excited visitors, including special guest David Pocock, as part of their Walla Rugby Week prize.

Qantas Wallaby Drew Mitchell starts alongside an all-star cast of Australia's best known sporting heroes in a new anti-racism campaign Racism. It stops with me. The video was developed by the Australian Human Rights Commission and Play by the Rules program.

After a wet and windy Round 7, Harlequin has maintained their undefeated status, beating Southern Districts at home, 58-22.

The Island Barbarians have claimed the 2013 WA Country Carnival in their first year in existence, defeating reigning champions, the Kalgoorlie Stormers, 28-24, in the final at Morley yesterday.

A dominant 60 minutes of rugby saw a strong Students outfit built up an unassailable lead over Randwick to secure their sixth win of the season and rise to second on the Shute Shield ladder. 

May 2013

Australian Rugby Union today reinforced its commitment to supporting and promoting reconciliation in Australia by unveiling its maiden Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

The Shute Shield will this weekend showcase the return to action of an Australian rugby superstar, as Qantas Wallaby Kurtley Beale pulls on the green shirt of his senior club side Randwick.

Whilst the on field skills and physical development work may be the most obvious elements of our Junior and National Gold Programs, Australian Rugby values off field ‘Lifeskills’ programs as its most important.

The HSBC Waratahs have had a busy time in the community recently, attending a number of clinics and events across Sydney over the past few weeks.

Harlequin remains the only undefeated side in the competition after they went head to head with Power House in Round 6 of the Dewar Shield.

A new campaign to encourage women’s involvement in the game was kicked off with the first Women's Only Refereeing Kids Rugby course held at Allianz Stadium.

Cottesloe’s golden run in the Pindan Premier Grade has continued against Wests Scarborough with the undefeated Gulls winning 16-3 at Bennett Park.

The Manly Marlins have recorded a 25-7 victory over Northern Suburbs today to continue their rise up the Shute Shield table.

Undefeated Cottesloe will be seeking to continue their stunning start to the Pindan Premier Grade when they travel to Bennett Park to face Wests Scarborough in the Round 8 Match of the Round.

Parramatta General Manager Michael Bell believes the Two Blues can bag a win against Warringah for the third year running when these two sides meet this weekend.

Two of Australian Rugby’s oldest clubs will face off on Saturday as University of Queensland hosts new competition leaders GPS in the fourth Queensland Premier Rugby Heritage Round at St.Lucia.

Harlequin and Power House have both maintained their undefeated status at the end of Round 5, beating Melbourne University and Box Hill respectively. The two teams will meet next week in Round 6 for a massive top of the table clash.

The Graincorp NSW Country Cockatoos have overcome a late charge from the NSW Suburban Rugby Union to win a thrilling encounter at ANZ Stadium.

Nedlands has taken out a high-scoring affair against UWA to lift the Mike Denton Shield at The Foreshore, winning 43-34.

Southern Districts have suffered a shock defeat going down to Sydney University in a repeat of last year’s Grand Final. As well as ending the Rebels’ winning streak, the loss has sent Eastwood, who outplayed Gordon, to the top of the Shute Shield table.

With National Volunteer Week drawing to a close, ARU CEO, Bill Pulver sends a special thanks to all those who dedicate their time and effort to Rugby. 

A new program that harnesses Victorian Rugby to develop employment opportunities for young Aboriginal people across the State, has been launched by Minister for Employment and Trade Louise Asher.

Nedlands will seek a return to the winner’s list when they host UWA for the right to hold aloft the Michael Denton Shield.

Forshaw Rugby Park will this Saturday host a rematch of the 2012 Shute Shield Grand Final, as undefeated Southern Districts host reigning premiers Sydney University.

A look at what's going on around the grounds for round five of the Dewar Shield, Victoria's premier grade competition, including Southern Districts looking to end Moorabbin's three match winning streak.

The King's School in North Parramatta played host to an open training session on Tuesday that enabled hundreds of spectators the chance to witness the HSBC Waratahs being put through their paces, before joining them on pitch for an on-field signing session and photo opportunities.

Heavyweights Brothers and GPS will vie for early season supremacy when the only two unbeaten teams do battle at Yoku Road on Saturday, as the Gallopers celebrate their history.

This Saturday will see the GrainCorp NSW Country Cockatoos face off against the New South Wales Suburban Rugby Union at ANZ Stadium in Homebush, Sydney.

The Lions squad to face Australia for the first time in 12 years has been revealed. But this year they won’t be the only British & Irish Rugby foes stalking Aussie prey.

Power House and Harlequin remain the only undefeated teams in the Dewar Shield. Both sit on 18 points at the conclusion of round 4, having three wins and a bye.

As part of the HSBC Waratahs’ Tahs Together Community Program, this week marks the start of the Junior Club Blitz, that will see every one of the 53 clubs taking part in Sydney Juniors competitions receive a visit from HSBC Waratahs players before the end of June.

Another bonus point win by Eastwood against Parramatta this weekend has seen them join Southern Districts at the top of the Shute Shield table.

Cottesloe remains the only undefeated side in the Pindan Premier Grade after continuing to stamp its dominance with a convincing win over Associates at Harvey Field yesterday.

A look at what's going on around the grounds for round four of the Dewar Shield, Victoria's premier grade competition

Next Monday sees the start of National Volunteer Week 2013, Australia’s largest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism. We'd like to thank 35,000 passionate and dedicated people who offer their time to help ensure the smooth running of Rugby in Australia.

Round 6 features a long-awaited Northern Beaches clash that sees evenly ranked Manly Marlins taking on local rivals Warringah Rats.

The first installment of the ‘Battle of Broome Street’ is upon us for season 2013, as Cottesloe and Associates square off in the Pindan Premier Grade Match of the Round at Harvey Field.

Sometimes players think they can do a better job than the referee on the field. Here are three players who have put their money where their mouth is and made the switch to refereeing.

The Illawarra region played host to over 200 schoolboys yesterday at its annual Secondary Schools Rugby Sevens Championships.

If the power of Samoans on the rugby field was not known to members of a NSW Country Schoolboys squad before their Pacific tour, they were left in little doubt afterwards.

Cottesloe’s undefeated start to the Pindan Premier Grade season continued at Tompkins Park, as the Gulls overcame two yellow cards and a physical Palmyra to run out 17-3 victors in the match of the round.

Sunshine Coast flanker Tom Beattie will lead a strong 23-man Queensland Country Heelers squad into battle against NSW Country on Saturday in Townsville.

Rugby is no longer exclusively the domain of the male counterpart. With global participation rates for women recently topping the one million mark, officiating is the next step in women's involvement.

April 2013

Queensland Country Heelers Coach Garrick Morgan has named a 30 man squad for the Heelers first match of the year against NSW Country Cockatoos in Townsville to take place on Saturday May 4.

Defending title holders Queensland have gone back-to-back, taking out this year’s National Indigenous Under 18 Championship in Sydney today.

The 2013 National Indigenous Under 18s Championship will kick-off this Sunday at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence in Redfern with four teams from around Australia competing in a round robin format across two days.

A fantastic new program for special needs children launches in Sydney, offering the opportunity to learn the basic Rugby skills, in addition to team values, sportsmanship and confidence in a fun, safe and engaging environment.

Australian Rugby Union held its Annual General Meeting in Sydney today, the first under a newly adopted Constitution.

Robbie Deans and his coaching staff have been busy of late. Not just gearing up the Qantas Wallabies to face the British & Irish Lions, but exposing regional coaches to the latest techniques and ideas to help inspire the next generation.

THE sport of rugby was the true winner of The Armidale School’s Rugby Carnival at the weekend, with around a thousand young players from Sydney to the Sunshine Coast honing their skills in friendly competition.

A spirited second-half fight back has powered the Australian Capital Territory to a 24-22 win over Touch Football Australia in the Cup final of the National Women’s Rugby Sevens Championships.

The second annual National Women’s Championships kicked off today with 14 teams in attendance and more than 150 female players descending on the match-perfect ground.

Nearly 4,000 players, referees, coaches and managers will help kick off the 2013 Bankwest Junior Rugby season in WA today.

Cairns Thunder have dominated their Far North Queensland counterparts in the early stages of the Graincorp Queensland Country Championships, accounting for Mt.Isa and Mackay in bonus point wins over the past two weekends.

Host Zones are in the final stages of preparations for the 2013 NSW Country Junior Rugby Union Championships.

One of the biggest Primary aged Rugby tournaments in Australia will take place this weekend in Northern NSW as around 1000 children aged between 11 and 12 years of age make their way to The Armidale School Rugby Carnival.

The weekend sees the world’s most famous surfer Kelly Slater join HSBC Waratahs rugby stars on Manly beach for a celebrity surfing competition.

After an extensive selection process, two NSW Women's Sevens sides been selected to challenge for the title at the National Women's Sevens Championships 2013.

Australian Under-20 coaches Adrian Thompson and Sean Hedger have named their squad for the final IRB Junior World Championship selection camp, which runs from today until Sunday at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.

Hunter Secondary School Sevens kicks off this week for 300 Secondary School students at Waratah Park, Newcastle.

Primary school students from Orange participated in a rugby sevens tournament at Endeavour Oval, with the only thing capable of diverting their focus was the arrival of Qantas Wallabies Coach, Robbie Deans.

The heart of Australian Rugby is beating strongly with the Sydney Junior Rugby Union competitions kicking off this weekend across the city.

More than 80 local juniors had the chance to mix with their Wallaby and Waratah hero Wycliff Palu and also celebrity appearance from Tah Man.

While the Australian Women’s Sevens team were away on the world stage in China playing in the third leg of the IRB Women’s Sevens Series, the next generation of Women’s Sevens stars had the chance to shine on their own big stage.

Had you been driving past St Ives Village Green in Sydney’s North last week, you would have been lucky enough to see 200 girls playing Sevens rugby; Lucky because the standard was high.

March 2013

This year’s win over The Scots College makes it back to back wins for the Lloyd McDermott Development Team who combined speed and skill to overcome the host team.

The Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team Inc. annual fundraising dinner was held this week in Sydney and did not disappoint.

The Western Australian Women’s Sevens squad were given the honour of being the first rugby side to play on the recently developed nib Stadium, in their curtain-raiser prior to the Emirates Western Force’s match against the Cheetahs.

The Jesse Parahi Cup, a Sevens Rugby Schoolboy competition held on NSW’s Central Coast, is decided as local boy captains national side in Hong Kong.

The next generation of Rugby stars are set to be unveiled with the Combined High School U16s Discovery Day held at Mt Druitt on Wednesday 27 March.

Australian Rugby Union’s Sydney-based National Academy side concluded the Australian leg of the IRB Pacific Rugby Cup with a 47-28 win over Junior Japan at Griffith Oval in Canberra last Saturday. 

Australia’s premier club rugby competition, the Shute Shield, returns to TV screens across NSW and the ACT next month with the ABC to broadcast the match of the round live every week at 3pm on ABC1.

Junior Gold Program and National Gold Squad players in Canberra were treated to some expert advice from leading Brumbies players on the eve of their big Super Rugby clash with the Waratahs.

A first class program led by professional coaches from across the game

Australian Rugby Union National Academy lock Will Skelton has signed with the HSBC Waratahs as the final member of the Super Rugby side’s Extended Player Squad.

Tickets to the annual Australian Schools Rugby Fundraising Luncheon are going fast with more than 300 people already confirmed for the highly anticipated event at the Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney on Friday, 12 April.

 The 2013 NSW Primary School Sevens competition kicks off with a bang!

Australian Rugby Union’s Pathway to Gold Talent ID program has unearthed a second national Sevens player, with Perth’s Natasha Haines set to make her international Rugby Sevens debut in Hong Kong.

The annual Coffs Harbour Ella Sevens has wrapped up another successful two days of competition showcasing some of Australia’s best Rugby Sevens talent.

February 2013

The Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team (LMRDT), in association with International Sports Tours, will host the Lloyd McDermott Annual Fundraising Dinner this March to raise funds for ongoing development of Rugby programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

Australian Rugby Union has launched the 2013 Super Rugby Week encouraging students and schools to sign up now.

January 2013

LAST year's Mt Druitt-St Marys Standard Junior Sports Star winner continues his ascent to the top of sport's elite competition.

Six months ago, 19 year old Ellia Green, was just another young woman who enjoyed playing a number of different sports. Now she is just days away from the experience of a lifetime, making her Rugby Sevens debut for Australia in the second round of IRB Women’s Sevens World Series in Houston.

The Australian Schools Rugby Union Foundation fundraising luncheon, which raises much needed funds for Australian Schools Rugby, is set to take place this year in Sydney on Friday 12th April.

For many young girls and boys in regional areas keen on the idea of playing or learning more about the game of Rugby, the annual New England Mutual National Rugby Camp currently taking place in Armidale is one of the best opportunities on offer. 

December 2012

The LMRDT is organising a tour of France for its U17 team in September 2013! This trip is intended to provide the opportunity for  this talented young team to play Rugby in a foreign country and learn more about the rarely discussed involvement of the Aboriginal people during the Great War of 1914-1919.

October 2012

Queensland teams topped the 2012 National Schools Rugby Sevens tournament held last weekend winning the Cup Final in both the National Schoolgirls and Schoolboys competitions on the Gold Coast.

The National Indigenous side have proven once again they are the team to beat after remaining undefeated in the National U16 Championship Division Two competition.

Queensland Red have won consecutive Under 16 National Championship titles following a 34-31 win over New South Wales Schools in the Division One final at St. Ignatius College, Riverview today.

The third day of the 2012 Under 16 National Championship produced some thrilling matches at St Ignatius College in Riverview today.

The 2012 Under 16 National Championship at St Ignatius College in Riverview continued today with the four Division 2 teams joining the tournament on Day 2.

Day 1 of the Under 16 National Rugby Championship has wrapped up at St Ignatius College in Riverview today with the eight teams from Division 1 going head to head for the first four games of the tournament.

In 2012 the event will have 16 Mens Teams and 8 Womens Teams and will be run over 2 days. The Women will kick off on Friday 2 November, playing 6.30-8.30pm and continue with their Finals on Saturday 3 November. The Men will play all their games on Saturday.

September 2012

The state’s up and coming rugby stars have proved themselves the best in Australia, taking victory at the Primary Schools Sports Association National Championships in Melbourne at the weekend.

Australian Rugby Union today announced the draw for this year’s National Under 16 Rugby Championship to be held at St Ignatius College, Riverview from Monday 1 to Friday 5 October.

Three schools from Sydney’s West have successfully qualified for the 2012 National Schools Rugby Sevens Tournament on the Gold Coast next month after topping the NSW State Secondary Schools Rugby Sevens finals held in Penrith last week.

The new Olympic Sport of Rugby Sevens has again proven popular with huge numbers participating at Primary School Rugby Sevens competitions in Sydney this week.

Students across Sydney are embracing the newest Olympic Sport, Rugby Sevens, with several Schools hosting Rugby Sevens Gala Days in the coming weeks.

August 2012

The Bledisloe Cup has wrapped up a successful tour through NSW as part of this year’s inaugural Bledisloe Cup Festival. Over 13,000 people have had the chance to get close to one of the most sought-after pieces of silverware in trans-Tasman Rugby as part of the two-week tour.

This year’s Walla Rugby Week has broken all records with registration numbers up more than 50% on last year’s record breaking amount.

July 2012

Tongan Schools have wrapped up their tour of Australia with two wins and two losses, following a resounding 57-17 win over NSW Combined High Schools at Forshaw Rugby Park on Tuesday.

The Australian Schoolboys have posted an overwhelming 70-13 victory over the visiting Tongan Schools in front of a crowd of 2,000 at St. Mary’s Leagues Stadium on Saturday.

Australia A Schools have defeated Tongan Schools 29-5 at St. Ignatius’ College, Riverview on Wednesday.

Queensland’s dominant run at the Novotel Australian Schools Rugby Championships has been brought to a halt, with NSW I ensuring QLD I did not secure a seventh-straight title at the tournament final on Saturday.


Australian Schools Presidents XV to face Tongan Schools


Northern NSW, Southern NSW/ACT and Combined States U16 Indigenous Teams have been announced for the Lloyd McDermott National Indigenous U16 Championships.

 Novotel Australian Schools Rugby Championships - Day 2 Results

NSW, Queensland, South Australia and National Indigenous are leading the competition at the end of Day 1. Competition will resume again on Wednesday 4th July and spectators are welcome.

June 2012

The Novotel Australian Schools Rugby Championships will return to Sydney for the first time in three years, with 12 teams descending on St. Ignatius’ College Riverview for a week of competition.

Calling on all players current and past to tell us what you think of your rugby playing experience over the previous two years.

A crowd of several thousand gathered at Allianz Stadium ahead of the Qantas Wallabies’ final Test of the Castrol EDGE Wales Tour on Saturday to watch the Cup and Plate finals of the NSW Primary School Sevens.


The Academy of Sport at Narrabeen hosted ten regional final winning teams today in some spirited games in the NSW Primary School 7’s today. See this article for full results.


Primary school Rugby players across all parts of NSW are being presented with the opportunity of a lifetime, as they look to secure their spot in the curtain raiser for the final Test of the Castrol EDGE Wales Tour at Allianz Stadium this Saturday afternoon.

Camp Waratah is on again in 2012, being held at locations all across NSW, from 9th – 13th July.


‘First Steps on the Road to Rio’
The Australian Rugby Union, would like to invite your school to take part in the Western Sydney Schoolgirl 7s Festival, to be held on Thursday 7th June 2012 from 9am to 2:30pm at Granville Park Montrose Ave Merrylands.


May 2012

ARU Rugby Insurance Plan website is provided so that players/parents & club administrators throughout Australia have immediate access to information on the policy benefits, procedures and resources.


The NSW CHS Open Championship is being held in Dubbo from Wednesday 23rd May – Friday 25th May, bringing together nine regional and metropolitan teams.  From this Championship two CHS teams will be selected to play in the NSW Schools trials in June. 


As we celebrate National Volunteer Week, Australian Rugby Union would like to extend its gratitude and praise to the more than 35,000 volunteers that keep Rugby running in Australia.

The Coffs Coast Rugby Challenge is an annual event held during the June/July school holidays for girls and boys in the U10’s to U15’s age groups. This will be the final year as a 10-a-side tournament and in 2013 will be reverted to a 7-a-side event.

Six primary schools from Sydney’s East, South and Inner West descended upon Centennial Park’s Mackay Oval last Wednesday to compete in the NSW Primary School Sevens Tournament.

Successful applicants will receive a one-off individual grant of $500 or team grant of $3000 ......

April 2012


An exciting Queensland Red outfit has claimed the inaugural National Women’s Rugby Sevens Championship, following a 31-0 win over Sydney White in the Cup final yesterday at St. Ignatius College Riverview in Sydney.

March 2012

Running Rugby was the order of the day for the teams involved in the RANDWICK Primary School Sevens tournament.


February 2012

Approximately 200 students will participate in modified games of Rugby Sevens as 16 teams from 13 schools across the area compete in the newly formed competition.

The Game Management Guidelines are now finalised for 2012. It is an amalgam of outcomes of various conferences and workshops held over the past 5 years. They have been adapted to reflect the playing, coaching and refereeing of the
game at community levels in Australia for 2012.

January 2012

Calling all 5 to 12 year olds to sign up to their local Come and Try Rugby program. Program registrations are now open.

December 2011

On behalf of the Qantas Wallabies, thank you for your support this year, and for really embracing the One Team 2011 campaign.

ARU have released the National Pathway Final Report to Member Unions and the wider Rugby Community following the 2011 TryRugby Kids Pathway Review.

Scone Grammar wins Qantas Wallabies for the day as Qantas Walla Rugby Week breaks records.

The third annual Qantas Walla Rugby Week has broken all previous records with more schools and students taking part in the week long program than ever before.

November 2011

On the same weekend that the Wallabies played their epic semi-final showdown against New Zealand at the Rugby World Cup, the ARU's High Performance Unit sought to uncover the next generation of Wallabies by conducting its annual Junior Gold U15 High Performance Camp in Sydney.

The Federation of Oceania Rugby Unions (FORU) has today announced that Elenoa Kunatuba from Fiji has been appointed as the first Oceania Regional Women’s Rugby Development Officer.

October 2011


Primary schools in the Southern Districts area of Sydney will tomorrow contest the annual Yr. 5 and 6, 10 a Side Challenge Day.


The 2011/2012 Sydney Junior Gold Program selections have been announced today inviting over 175 players aged between 15 and 18 years of age into the high performance talent development program coordinated by the Australian Rugby Union (ARU).

The 2011/2012 Sydney Junior Gold Program selections have been announced today inviting over 175 players aged between 15 and 18 years of age into the high performance talent development program coordinated by the Australian Rugby Union (ARU).

Register Now! 15-18 January 2012
The National Rugby Camp has been running for over ten years. Each year in January, the Camp is hosted in Armidale, NSW, and provides a great rugby learning experience to many young boys and girls, particularly those from regional areas.

East Arnhem Schools have been rewarded for depth of team and player numbers and a number of brilliant team performances, dominating the second annual Schools 7s Cup tournament at Austar Park Darwin recently.

As the Wallabies prepare for their epic semi-final showdown with New Zealand a the Rugby World Cup this weekend, the ARU's High Performance Unit will seek to uncover the next generation of Wallabies by conducting it's annual Junior Gold U15 High Performance Camp in Sydney.

We asked you, the fans and general public, to send in your photos, as the Webb Ellis Trophy “Bill” travels to schools and clubs around the Country as part of Try Rugby’s One Team Roadshow.

The NSW PSSA Rugby Squad has successfully defended their title at the School Sport Australia Interstate Rugby Union exchange at concord Oval in Sydney.

Australia A Schools have gone down to the touring NZ Schools squad by 42 points, yesterday, with the Kiwi outfit proving too strong for the second-tier Aussie side at St. Mary's Stadium in NSW.

The 2011 National U16 Championship wrapped up Friday afternoon at St Ignatius College, Riverview with Queensland Red, Victoria and the National Indigenous teams all walking away winners.

September 2011

The National Under 16 Championship is set for a grand finale today with NSW Schools and Queensland Red set to play off in the decider for the Rod Macqueen Shield later this morning at St Ignatius College, Riverview.

In June 2010 Rugby lost the talented and much loved Kundayi Chiundiza. A St Andrew’s Cathedral School student and member of the school’s 1st XV Rugby team Kundayi loved his sport, music, friends and his family.

Australia A Schools will look to bounce back following their 27-point loss to England Schools last month, when they meet the NZ Schools next Tuesday at St Mary's.

Australia, through the Australian Services Rugby Union (ASRU), will host part of the International Defence Rugby Competition from the 1st October.

The National Under 16 Championships kicked off on Monday at St Ignatius College, Riverview with eight division one and four division two teams battling it out over four days of competition.

Australian Rugby Union today announced the draw and teams for the 2011 National U16 Championships, which started Monday 26th at St Ignatius College, Riverview.

With finals in various rugby competitions upon us & the Rugby World Cup just about to start, it’s only natural to look to all avenues to get the most out of your body during these critical games. You’ve trained hard throughout the season, won more games than you’ve lost, managed your recovery between games and worked through those niggling little injuries and you’re ready to lift the trophy aloft.

While the Wallabies are in New Zealand aiming to secure an historic third Rugby World Cup hundreds of future stars turned out to Cliff Oval in Wahroonga on Tuesday as part of the Warringah Gala Day. 

With less than two weeks until the 2011 National U16 Rugby Championship kicks-off the National Indigenous U16 side are setting off on a unique six day camp in New Zealand to gain inspiration from some of the best in the world.

Qantas Walla Rugby Week is set for kick-off on Monday with a record-breaking number of students registered to participate in the third instalment of the popular school based program.

Wallabies World Cup Flanker, David Pocock and Winger Adam Ashley-Cooper feature in a new community service announcement video with some of Australia’s elite sportsmen and women to help promote messages around safe, fair and inclusive sport for all.

Tickets are now on sale for the Sydney Premier Rugby Grand Final Day on Saturday 24 September at Concord Oval.

The Sports Leadership Grants and Scholarships for Women program is a joint initiative of the Australian Sports Commission and the Australian Government Office for Women.

August 2011

Polding were successful in the final of the NSW Primary Schools Sports Association (PSSA) Rugby competition held recently in Parkes.

On Sunday 14 August and Monday 15 August over 120 promising young indigenous Rugby players gathered in Tullebudgera, Queensland to take part in the 2011 Santos Indigenous Under 16s Championships.

Qantas Walla Rugby Week is back and bigger than ever in 2011, with schools across the nation set to take part in the educational, fun-filled affair during the week leading up to the Qantas Wallabies match against Ireland in New Zealand on September 17.

The Northern Territory Rugby Union (NTRU) is pleased to announce that the William Web Ellis Rugby World Cup Trophy, widely referred to as ‘Bill’, will be in Darwin this Thursday (18th August) & Friday (19th August).

EdRugby and Qantas invite all schools in Australia to get active and have fun in the Qantas Walla Rugby Week being held Monday 12 September – Friday 16 September.

The annual PSSA State Championships are on again, with over 300 players descending upon Parkes for the annual Under 12 competition.

The Santos National Indigenous U16’s Championship will be held on the 13-15 August at Tallebudgera on the Gold Coast, from which a National team will be selected to participate in the National U16 Championships at Riverview.

The Associates Rugby Club will celebrate a player milestone unrivalled in club history when former RugbyWA Chairman, Geoff Stooke OAM, dons the gold jersey in his 600th game for Soaks.

Having hosted the competition decider for two of the past three years, Concord Oval will once again be the venue which holds the Shute Shield Grand Final in 2011.

In 2011 the 13th Australian Masters Games (AMG) returns to Adelaide, South Australia. The Games will aim to attract in excess of 10,000 competitors including 1,000 international competitors competing in 60 sports.

Ten Rugby-playing Students from the Southport School on the Gold Coast were last week gifted the ultimate lesson in the game, training alongside the Qantas Wallabies on their home turf.

July 2011

Last week the Qantas Wallabies official formal wear supplier, Sportscraft, surprised an excited group of year six students at The Scots College with a visit from several of the Qantas Wallabies squad.

The Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team today announced tickets were now on sale to the Lloyd McDermott Fundraising dinner on Wednesday 10 August supporting the U16 National Indigenous team’s tour of New Zealand.

Queensland Rugby will pay its respects to the passing of University of Queensland Rugby player Halley Appleby and his family during the upcoming round of Queensland and Brisbane Rugby matches with all players to wear black armbands and observe a minutes silence before the commencement of each game.

Drummoyne and Australian Rugby legend Greg Davis will this weekend be remembered at a special Rugby Festival in his honour, with the new Drummoyne Oval grandstand to be named after the former Wallaby.

QLD Country Blue Heelers have contributed to a highly successful week for Queensland sporting teams, defeating the Northern Territory Mosquitoes and Adelaide Black Falcons to take out the inaugural Integrated Tri Series, contested between the three teams over three days at Darwin’s Austar Rugby Park.

Queensland Schools have iced an historic week for Rugby in the Sunshine State, defeating NSW I 37-20 in the final of the Novotel Australian Schools Rugby Union Championships at Ballymore in Brisbane on Sunday.

Queensland will take on arch-rivals NSW in the Novotel Australian Schools Rugby Union Championship Final at Ballymore in Brisbane on Sunday.

Defending champions Queensland and arch-rivals NSW remain unbeaten after two days of action at the Novotel Australian Schools Rugby Union Championships at Ballymore in Brisbane.

Over 600 tired but happy players from Coogee in the South to Helensvale & the Gold Coast in the North and everywhere in between are making their way home after 3 days of running Rugby.

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Queensland have taken out the National Women’s Championships on home soil, after holding on in a tight-tussle against the Brumbies 5-0 at Wests in Brisbane.

Sharni Williams stars again for ACT. Full results...

All the final results ...

Another great day of Womens Rugby. Full Results...

Wallaroo's stood out on Day 1 of the 2011 National Womens Championship. Full results... 

June 2011

The National Indigenous U18s School Boys team wrapped up the National Division Two Championships in Melbourne yesterday defeating Victoria in the final 12-0 to claim their second Charles Blunt Cup in as many years.

Australia have held out a fast finishing French side to claim third place at the 2011 Junior World Championships in Italy.

The inaugural Essential Energy Sevens Primary Schools tournament has wrapped up with Redfield College taking out the Cup Final and Mascot Primary taking out the Plate Final at ANZ Stadium last Saturday night.

The National Indigenous U18s School Boys team is set to make their mark on the Australian School Rugby Union Division Two Championships with the team departing for Melbourne today ahead of the four day tournament.

Australian Rugby Union is mourning the loss of another of the game’s greats following the passing of dual international and media commentator, Rex Mossop, last Saturday morning.

Australian Rugby is today mourning the passing of one of the greats of the game; former Wallaby player and then coach David (Dave) Brockhoff.

May 2011

Qantas Wallabies Digby Ioane, Van Humphries and Rob Simmons will return to where they grew up next week in a Qantas Wallabies Towns triple-header which stretches across three eastern states.

Shute Shield side, Southern Districts, will this weekend hold a  “Family Fun Day” at Forshaw Rugby Park (Saturday, May 14) between 1-3pm.

Camp Wallaby has again proved a huge success, with just over 400 aspiring stars of the game being exposed to some of the best minds in Australian Rugby.

Halfback Luke Burgess will encourage students at his former primary school to dream big when he returns home to his Qantas Wallabies Town, Maitland, in the NSW Hunter Valley today.

April 2011

In recent times, the role of the ‘specialist positional player’ has altered.  We now see wingers who are the same size as yester-years front rowers, we now see scrum halves who are 180 centimetres tall, and we see flankers who are less than 180cms tall. 

Without doubt, this is the one issue in the game that continues to create debate as to the best way to coach this aspect of play, and how to referee it. The determining factors are what is legal under current Law and what the referee sees, communicates and adjudicates on.

Australian Rugby Referees 2011 - Stuart Dickinson, Steve Walsh, Nathan Pearce, Ian Smith and Andrew Lees.

The Qantas Wallabies and NSW Waratahs will this year be part of “ARU Day” at the Royal Easter Show on Wednesday the 20th April. From 11am until 4pm, you can test your Rugby skills with our inflatable bungee, as well as the world-famous “pass the ball” and kicking competitions.

Australian Rugby Union today announced that the Gold Coast had been selected as the new home for the Australian leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series for the next four years.

With the success of the 2009/10 Australian Sevens campaign came the loss of many talented stars to the longer form of the game. The record-breaking year, in which the Aussie side not only claimed the London Cup Final but also finished the year in their highest position ever recorded, allowed a host of new Australian Rugby stars to be born.

The Armidale School Rugby Carnival is back again for another year, with one of the biggest Rugby carnivals in the country taking place this weekend at the Northern-NSW Private School. Almost 900 students aged between 11 and 12 years of age are set to descend on Armidale for two-days of Rugby!

As the Super Rugby season enters its second month of the expanded 2011 season, the home-grown and up and coming stars of the game will take the field in their home towns and at their local grounds as Club Rugby kicks off once again. Round 1 began last weekend with players donning their club colours for the first time in 2011, wowing crowds around their home-towns with impressive first round performances all-round.

With the much-anticipated Adelaide Sevens just days away, Rugby HQ takes a look at the forgotten man behind the Australian Sevens – coach Michael O’Connor.

Let's take a look at dealing with players at kicks in general play. You may have noticed an increase in penalties for offside at kicks throughout the Super 14 season and in recent Test Matches. There has been a focus from the IRB and SANZAR to clean up this area of the game. Why you might be asking?

March 2011

The International Rugby Board has underlined its commitment to the development of the world’s top female referees with the announcement of its first-ever Women’s Referee Panel.

University of Queensland begin their Centenary Year on a high with an exciting 42-26 victory over Sydney University in the Australian Club Championship at Ballymore on Sunday.

The importance of winning your own ball at the set piece is paramount to success. Conversely, attacking the opposition at the set piece and disrupting their possession can create all sorts of problems for the team with the feed.

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