Vale Garry Gates

It is with great sadness that I advise of the sudden death of former Illawarra Rugby Junior Chairman, Garry Gates. Garry was a humble man who gave wonderful service to the game of Rugby in the region and indeed across New South Wales.

As a stalwart of Bowral Rugby Club, Garry served as President of the Junior Blacks, before taking the role of IDRU Junior Chairman during the 2000’s. Throughout these years he coached at club and Illawarra representative level before moving up to NSW Country Juniors. He served as NSW Country Juniors Director of Coaching and rose to the position of President of NSW Country Junior Rugby Union.

There are many young men from all over NSW Country who have been touched by this dedicated and forthright servant of Rugby. Garry’s death has come as a shock to his many friends and colleagues throughout the Illawarra Rugby Family.

Our sincere condolences go to Garry’s wife Jo and sons Daniel, Jack and all the Gates family at this very sad time.

Garry’s Funeral service will be held at Southern Highlands Wines, Oldbury Road, Sutton Forest, commencing at 11.00 AM on Thursday 15th December.

Rest in Peace Garry Gates


2017 Junior Illawarriors Announced U14 to U17

On behalf of Shaun McCreedy, Illawarra Director of Coaching, selectors, coaching and support staff, we would like to thank all of the players who attended the recent muster days. The quality of rugby on display was very high and the selection panel had some difficult decisions to make.

Congratulations to the following players who have been selected in the Junior Illawarriors Under 14, Under 15, Under 16 and Under 17 Development Squads for the 2017 Representative season.

The representative program will begin with two, program-wide, induction days on Sunday 12th February and Sunday 19th February 2017. The venue and times will be confirmed soon.

Following trial games in March, these squads will be cut to 23 players in preparation for the NSW Country Championships (in May 2017) and the NSW State Championship (in June 2017)

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The Rogues Rant

RoguesRantWelcome to The Rogues Rant, an occasional look at all things Rugby.

After a promising start with three wins and hopes of a Grand Slam increasing, the Wallabies Spring tour came to a sour end with Saturday’s loss to England. In the end the tour pretty much summed up the season for the Wallabies which can only be described as disappointing and frustrating for all concerned. At times throughout the year and again during the tour of the Old Dart, the Wallabies showed that they were capable of producing the physicality and the attacking flair to trouble any side. Once again, as we have seen many times in 2016, the side’s basic skills have once again let them down. Tries went begging from poor handling and option choices as they were unable to put their opponents under pressure for the full eighty minutes of their matches. The question now is where does Australian Rugby go from here?

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7S Junior Warrior Update

Over the pasted weekend four Illawarra Junior sevens teams consisting of two 17s and two 15s both Girls and Boys travelled to the NSW 7s championships in Newcastle with pleasing results.

Both the girls side in the 17s and 15s winning the Plate final after 2 long days of competition with four players in the under 17s girls team gaining selection for the NSW team to compete in the National Championships in Perth congratulations to Keeley Davis , Abbey Holemes, Rikeya Home And Bella McKenzie.

The Boys team in the under 17s won the plate final with two players making the train on squad for the NSW team. And the under 15s competed hard of the two days of competition.

 Well done to all involved.

 Also remember Campbelltown sevens is on next weekend.






The Rogues Rant

RoguesRantWelcome to The Rogues Rant, an occasional look at all things Rugby.

Has the world gone completely mad? Donald Trump the President of the USA! The Australian Cricket side loses the first test of the summer for the first time in 28 years! The All Blacks beaten 40 – 29 in Chicago by Ireland after 18 straight wins! The Wallabies get off to a flyer with a five tries to one 32 – 8 win over Wales in Cardiff! What can we expect this weekend in Edinburgh? Scotland is probably the form side in Britain behind England and will be smarting after the World Cup loss to the Wallabies last year. A fast flowing attacking match can be expected from both sides. No tip from me here, but I will tip the All Blacks to beat Italy, or will they?

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The Rogues Rant

RoguesRantWelcome to The Rogues Rant, an occasional look at all things Rugby.

The IDRU Board has given provisional approval for two clubs to join the 2017 IDRU Competition. Wollondilly are looking to rejoin the Third Grade competition next year along with a new club to be based in the Albion Park area. The Southern Crushers Rugby Club is planning to field a 3rd Grade team and several junior teams as well next year. With several huge housing estate developments going on south of Wollongong such an enterprise is long overdue and very welcome indeed. The Crushers are already training regularly on Friday nights with a 5.30 start on the fields opposite Albion Park High School in Church Street, Albion Park. Check out the Southern Crushers Rugby Club on Facebook. For further details and to express your interest you can call Nathan Calder on 0432 759205 or Shane Schutz on 0424 993429.

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