Secret to success for local Sydney team

by Loryn Ettridge

One team. 19 cultural backgrounds.

Randwick Rugby is living proof that rugby doesn’t discriminate.

The under 17/18s team boasts a stellar line up of nationalities such as Macedonia, Serbia, China and Poland.

Coach Craig Bell believes it’s a huge advantage with the team remaining undefeated this season.

‘’There’s a mutual respect about their cultures which each of them embraces and it makes them gel better on the field.

‘’No one is singled out because of their background. Everyone is in the same situation and that bonds them,’’ said Bell. 

Their respect for each other flows into their respect for the game, as the squad of high school students are committed to training - rain, hail or shine.

‘’I’ve been coaching for 10 years and it’s incredible to see them turning up in droves each week,’’ said Bell.

This includes 17-year-old Adar Barhaim from Israel, who was welcomed with open arms four years ago. 

''Everyone was really friendly and super welcoming. I remember my first day well,’’ said Barhaim.

For those looking to join a rugby family, Barhaim has one simple message…

‘’Joining a new team can be a bit scary, but just give it a go because it will be worth it in the end.’’

This weekend the Randwick side will compete against the Southern Barbarians at AR Hurst Oval in Sydney at 1:30pm AEST.