Western Sydney Barbarians to form, play in Sydney Premiership

Super Rugby
by Sam Phillips

NSWRU and the Sydney Rugby Union will facilitate the formation of a Western Sydney Barbarians side, which will compete in the Sydney Premiership's third grade Colts division.

The team will be made up of eligible player in the region and they will wear the NSW Gen Blue jerseys, provided by the NSWRU.

Having axed the Penrith Emus earlier this week, NSWRU CEO Andrew Hore said the move be a small step in continuing to support the region.

"At the time of making the hard decision to remove Penrith from the Sydney Premiership, the Sydney Rugby Union and NSWRU were both very committed to supporting players from the Western Sydney area to continue to be involved in rugby," Hore said.NSWRU CEO Andrew Hore says the governing body is committed to supporting rugby in the region. Photo: Waratahs Media"This is just one way for us to allow players in the area to stay involved in our game, but it is by no means the only steps we will be taking to support and grow rugby in Western Sydney.

"We are working with all stakeholders, including SRU and Rugby Australia, to look at ways to develop rugby in Western Sydney."

The first Western Sydney Barbarians match will be this Saturday against Eastern Suburbs at Lidcombe Park.