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By Community Rugby, ARU Media Unit
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.
The luncheon has been held annually over the past four years, raising over $250,000, helping the Australian Schools Rugby Team to undertake a number of overseas tours.
These tours have allowed Australian Schools Rugby talent to develop the necessary skills on and off the field against a variety of international School teams at a number of locations around the world.
Australian Schoolboys Rugby has produced over 160 Wallabies and an endless list of State and Super Rugby players across its forty year history.
The ongoing support of the Australian Schools Rugby Union program has made a proven contribution to the development of Rugby in Australia from the grassroots to the elite.
The money made at the fundraiser luncheon plays an important part in continuing this progression.
Last year the Australian Schools finished their 2012 Tour Schedule with an emphatic win over New Zealand on the Kiwi’s home soil in Auckland.
In 2013 the Australian Schools Rugby team is preparing for another big year with the South African Schools joining Fiji, New Zealand and Australian Schools for the first time in a new Four Nations tournament. Later in the year the Australian Schools will tour the United Kingdom and Ireland for a shot at securing a ‘Grand Slam’ with matches against England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
The Australian Schools Rugby Union Foundation luncheon will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel on George St in Sydney featuring popular comedian, Sam Kekovich and former Rugby Sevens Captain and All Black, Eric Rush as guest speaker. There will be an extensive range of silent auction items, a raffle and a live auction.
The fundraiser is also a great opportunity to share lunch with current and past Wallabies who will be in attendance.
Secure your place now through the booking form here.
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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).