One Percenters: Wally joins royal household with Harry and Meghan

International
by Sam Phillips and Beth Newman

Some big names popped up in rugby this week. Even a bit of royalty. We've got you covered in One Percenters.

Onesie surprise for Harry and Meghan

Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle might have been pictured handballing a Sherrin this week but Australian rugby may have secured a permanent presence in the royal household.

A pair of Wallabies jerseys were organised for the Rugby Australia patron, the Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove, to present as a gift to Prince Harry, who is the patron of the Rugby Football Union.

When news that the royal couple were expecting came through, a Wallabies jumpsuit, beanie and baby bib were added to the giftpack, along with a stuffed Wally to put in the bassinet.

We're guessing Prince Harry might baulk at wearing the Wallabies jersey to Twickenham, but standby for loveable old Wally to become the royal bub's favourite toy.

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Jack Maddocks had a big night at the Rugby Australia Awards, though he didn't claim a gong.

Maddocks brought mum Bronwyn to the event and then snapped a pic with another famous Wallabies tracksuit wearer in attendance.

Former Prime Minister John Howard was a guest of Rugby Australia and though 21-year-old Maddocks was never old enough to vote for him, he saw the opportunity for good Insta content and posed up shaking hands at Randwick racecourse.

Pocock and Gardner chew the fat at RAA


Plenty of people might have liked to be flies on the wall when David Pocock and Angus Gardner crossed paths at last weekend's Rugby Australia Awards.

Pocock has been heavily targeted by opponents this year, with plenty of incidents going missing.

As a fellow Australian Gardner doesn't referee the Wallabies, though he is one of the rising stars in World Rugby refereeing and there are few times where players can have a relaxed chit chat with referees.

Pocock said their conversation was nothing to do with rugby, though.

"We were talking about him and I think his sister run a charity where they send boots to Africa," he said.

"So we were just chatting about that and I think they've been doing it for four or five years now, sending boots to underprivileged communities there so they can have decent footy boots and play rugby. So, pretty cool initiative."

After winning his fourth straight referee of the year gong, Gardner told a story to the audience of how Twickenham groundskeepers had decided to paint the sidelines blue for the big England-Ireland Six Nations clash earlier this year, concerned it was going to snow.

Gardner revealed he was blue-green colour blind and they'd have to change that urgently.

With deft timing, MC Greg Clark chimed in: "Well, players have often said you're blind so that all makes sense."

Wallabies take time out in Sydney

The Wallabies were hard at work last week on and off the field, with a group of players visiting the Exodus Foundation in Sydney.

Founded by Reverend Bill Crews the foundation works to provide food for homeless people.

The squad went down and took part in a range of activities to help out, including serving food, preparing cutlery and even cutting flowers.

While the Wallabies were happy to keep the visit relatively quiet, kudos mjust to the group for getting out amongst the community and pitching in.

Kerevi cleared for Japan trip

Wallabies centre Samu Kerevi has notched some game time and headed to Japan on Sunday morning.

Kerevi made his rugby comeback in this weekend's Byron Bay 7s, playing for Brisbane City Fiji in the tournament.

They made it through undefeated on the first day of competition and were one of the big threats.

Kerevi couldn't be part of their finals charge, jumping on a plane from Brisbane to Tokyo on Sunday morning ahead of a big Test week.

While he's not guaranteed a Bledisloe berth, having some game time under his belt will be a major boost for the Wallabies.

Particularly with Reece Hodge now out of the tour with a broken leg.

Toothy Tens takes Sydney's East

The fourth annual Nick Tooth Tens kicked off at Woollahra Oval on Saturday and it was one of the best-attended tournaments since its inception.

Sydney's big storm kicked in around final time but that didn't dampen the spirits of those there to raise money and awareness for the head and spinal injury prevention.

Nick Tooth sadly passed away after suffering a head injury playing rugby in regional NSW but his legacy lives on in the spirit of these annual events.

Waratahs' western move a big moment for local rugby

The Waratahs will be taking three home games to the new Western Sydney Stadium in 2019 and though it seems a small gesture, it's one that sends an important message.

That's the view of Western Sydney Two Blue Adrian Musico, who was on hand at the announcement on Thursday.

With Penrith axed from the Shute Shield and West Harbour struggling financially, the Two Blues (formerly Parramatta) are taking on the responsibility of the wider region when it comes to promoting rugb.

Musico won the Shute Shield's Ken Catchpole Medal as the competition's best player in 2018 and said the Western Sydney region was crying out for a greater rugby presence.

"I think it is time....there's never really the right time to do it," he said.

"I think it (playing games out here) could've happened any time during the last 15 years and it would've taken off but I think now it's probably getting to the breaking point where you do have clubs like West Harbour and Penrith who are going through some tough times.

"Penrith obviously got the boot and we're obviously where we are.

"You do have the sense that this is it now. I think the Tahs coming out here is a really good thing and hopefully we can build on it as rugby people."

The Waratahs are set to make more venue announcements in the near future. Expect a return to Brookvale Oval as one of them.

Castle honoured at Women's Health Awards

Rugby AU CEO Raelene Castle took out a big gong at the Women's Health Awards last week.

Castle won the Person of Sporting Influence, generally given to an influential administrator in Australian sport.