NSW Rugby announces record participation figures

Tuesday November 29, 2016 by  

NSW Rugby Union are pleased to announce record increases of junior, senior and regional participation levels across the state for 2016.

The Australian Sports Commission data released today shows rugby is now one of the most popular sports in the country, with 50,000 students reached through the Australian Rugby Union’s “Game On” program.

Of those numbers, close to 50 per cent were run and managed by NSW Rugby Union Development Officers, with more than 21,000 students reached and more than 2,700 programs delivered. Read more

Waratahs down Reds in slippery conditions

Sunday March 27, 2016 by  

The NSW Waratahs have beaten the Queensland Reds by 15-13 in a tough round five Super Rugby match played in wet and slippery conditions in Brisbane this afternoon.

The Tahs were tested early in the game, with the first ten minutes seeing back-to-back scrums. Both sides made attempts in attack but, despite conceding a lot of penalties, the Tahs remained constant in defence as the Reds looked to strike.

A run from Cadeyrn Neville looked promising before he was brought down by Zac Guildford. The Reds surged again through Jack Schatz who almost handed Rob Simmons a try until they were penalised. Read more

Waratahs go down in epic Highlanders fight back

Friday March 18, 2016 by  

The NSW Waratahs have gone down 30 points to 26 against the Highlanders in tonight’s round four Super Rugby match at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.

The Waratahs fought back from 30 points down to score four unanswered tries, with replacement, Jed Holloway scoring a stunning hat-trick in what was his first Super Rugby points.

The Waratahs struggled to execute their plays in the first half of the game before a phenomenal final 20 minutes saw them almost do the unthinkable and snatch the victory. Read more

Waratahs secure opening round win over Reds

Saturday February 27, 2016 by  

The NSW Waratahs have secured a 30-10 win over the Queenslands Reds in their opening round of Super Rugby 2016 at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night.

Played in front of a crowd of 24,044, the Tahs ran home four tries to one in their first clash of the year under new Head Coach, Daryl Gibson.

Fly-half Kurtley Beale put on a masterclass, halting the Reds attempts at points and setting up tries for his team during his 65-minute effort. Read more

Hooper named Waratahs team captain

Wednesday January 20, 2016 by  

NSW Waratahs Head Coach Daryl Gibson has named Michael Hooper as team captain for the upcoming 2016 Super Rugby season.

Hooper will lead the squad together with club captain, Dave Dennis, with the two to be underpinned by a senior leadership team.

The 24-year-old has a wealth of experience as captain, first taking the reins for the NSW Waratahs in 2014 when Dennis succumbed to injury, leading the side to their inaugural Super Rugby title. Read more

Eastwood claim second consecutive Shute Shield

Saturday August 15, 2015 by  

Manly didn’t fail to deliver on their promise to flood Concord Oval with supporters, with a deafening crowd of fans hoping the Marlins would break an 18 year premiership drought, but in a grinding affair decided by a last minute field goal, it was Eastwood who prevailed 15-12, in a match that failed to yield a single try.


An early penalty to the Marlins kicked by their captain Matt Lucas gave the extremely vocal supporting crowd something to cheer for, but Eastwood looked intent on spoiling the party with some strong attacking play from the resumption of play.

Lucas followed up with a remarkable field goal, capitalising on a weakness in the Eastwood line to take their lead to 6-0. Buoyed by the positive start, Manly relentlessly attacked, maintaining the majority of the possession in the first half of the game but with little reward. Read more

Horwitz claims 2015 Catchpole Medal

Monday August 10, 2015 by  

After an outstanding season for Randwick, fly-half David Horwitz has been awarded the 2015 Catchpole Medal for Player of the Year at the awards ceremony held in Sydney tonight.

Horwitz earned 22 votes in his 15 games over the course of the season, narrowly beating Warringah’s Hamish Angus (21 votes in 18 games) and Northern Suburbs’ Will Miller (21 votes in 18 games). A prodigious goal-kicker, Horwitz scored 29 goals and five tries in his 86 point haul for 2015.

The Catchpole Medal, named in honour of Randwick, Waratah and Wallaby star Ken Catchpole was presented by Brendan O’Farrell, CEO of Intrust Super; major sponsor of the Intrust Super Shute Shield at the awards evening held at The Rugby Club in Sydney’s CBD. Read more

Eastwood comeback downs Souths

Sunday August 9, 2015 by  

Shute Shield – Week Two Finals

Eastwood will face off against Manly in the Grand Final of the Intrust Super Shute Shield after an extraordinary comeback saw them beat Southern Districts 32-28 at TG Millner Field.

The last time the two teams met it was a thrilling last minute win to Eastwood, and from the outset it appeared Southern Districts were out to avenge the loss with three early tries in the first half, but a resurgent Eastwood scored 32 unanswered points to win the match despite a try in the dying throes of the match to Southern Districts Captain Jed Holloway.

Paul Asquith wasted no time registering points on the scoreboard for the visiting Southern Districts side, with a loping try in just the third minute of the game, easily converted by Jordan McGregor and taking their lead to 7-0. Read more

Marlins sink Students to book Grand Final berth

Saturday August 8, 2015 by  

Shute Shield – Week Two Finals

The Manly Marlins are the first team into the 2015 Intrust Super Shute Shield Grand Final with a 42-22 win over Sydney University at Manly Oval in front of a three thousand strong crowd in windy conditions.

With a wealth of experience in the Sydney University line-up, Manly were, on paper at least, the underdogs ahead of the first Semi-Final.

But after a last minute release, Wycliff Palu – with 126 NSW Caps and 54 Wallaby Caps to his name – was named to start on the bench for the Marlins, bolstering a side that had already enjoyed an extremely successful season. Read more

Rebels set up Eastwood showdown

Sunday August 2, 2015 by  

Shute Shield – Week One Finals

Southern Districts have once again proved their credentials in high pressure situations, registering a thrilling 28-26 victory over Sydney University at Forshaw Rugby Park in the final match of the first week of finals in the Intrust Super Shute Shield.

Three rapid tries midway through the second half were the catalyst for a remarkable comeback from the Rebels, who are becoming known for their tenacity and persistence when overcoming significant deficits.


The Students and the Rebels traded penalties to register the first points of the match, which was a high-intensity battle from the outset, with Southern Districts determined to defy the odds against a side brimming with elite talent. Read more