Commitment to Community

Rugby – for all – has always been at the heart of Hunter Rugby philosophy and we take that responsibility seriously across our wide platform.

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We have significant reach into our Community and take a holistic approach to participation in our sport.

The participation of Hunter Rugby into our Community is vast. We see all these arenas as being a vital part of our organisation being effective, respected and having a voice in the Region.
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Men’s Rugby

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We have our commitment to our traditional Players and Clubs with their Premier and Divisional Competitions.

The Wildfires have access to numerous top-tier playing and training facilities, including Number 2 Sportsground and Newcastle University Sport Stadium. The Shute Shield provides the promise and opportunity to elite local and country players that they can remain, play and work in their own Community or a Regional environment.
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Women’s Rugby

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We have a very strong and growing Women’s Competition.

Hunter Rugby is a recognised world leader in establishing a proactive approach to strengthen and support Women’s Rugby throughout the Hunter, and is thus an active supporter of the fastest growth area of the Game. In 2019 the NHRU was the first competition worldwide to include points from the Women’s Competition in overall Club Championship results – providing a practical and powerful demonstration of our focus on inclusiveness and our belief in the long-term sustainability of Women’s Rugby.
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Indigenous Partnership

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Hunter Rugby has a clear plan for developing more meaningful relationships with Indigenous peoples and Communities.

Hunter Rugby, in conjunction with Rugby Australia and its Member Unions’, vision for reconciliation is to engage and work collaboratively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities to foster positive relationships, while also promoting healthy lifestyles and creating genuine opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through the great game of Rugby Union.

Our collective commitment to reconciliation aligns with our core vision ‘to inspire all Australians to enjoy our great global game’ and is strengthened by our values: passion, integrity, discipline, respect and teamwork. The code acknowledges and respects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures as the oldest living continuous culture in this world and pays respect to First Australians’ ongoing connection to the lands and waters of this country.
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Reconciliation Action Plan

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Building sustainable Rugby programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and celebrating existing Indigenous Rugby initiatives are key components of making Rugby a game for all Australians. Rugby Australia is on a mission to unearth Indigenous talent aged 14-24 across the country.

Following a nation-wide search, the top 130 players will be invited to attend a four day camp in Sydney where skills will be put to the test. Two squads of 20 will then be chosen to represent two First Nations Sevens sides who will compete in five domestic and two international tournaments. The next Dreamtime goal will be selection for the Australian Sevens teams to compete in the 2024 Olympics.

View our Indigenous Policy.
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The Clontarf Foundation

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This National Charity have a strong involvement in our Region with three academies located at Hunter River High School, Irrawang High school and Newcastle High School. They work to retain students in the education system through to Year 12 and reward attendance with sporting coaches and events – 91% complete their education and move into the workforce.

James Grant, former Wallaby, is the Partnership Manager for NSW and Hunter Rugby has entered into a Alliance to expand the Rugby Union programme alongside League.
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Juniors

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Our Juniors Competition is vibrant. Hunter Junior Rugby Union (HJRU) has been a key force in growing the Game in NSW as they continue to facilitate one of the largest rugby catchments in Australia. Supporting 11+ Clubs fielding teams every season weekend for boys and girls ages 6-17, they also continue to field multiple teams representing the Hunter from ages 10-17 that compete throughout NSW in the annual State Championships in the 15’s and 7’s.

HJRU is passionate about providing a clear and positive rugby pathway that ensure all players have the opportunity to develop at a social and elite level. Through this they stimulate growth, provide sound competition governance and empower Clubs and related organisations to be strong advocates for the Game. Hunter Rugby is committed to fostering growth in our sport through our programme in Partnership with the Ramsay Foundation. The HJRU remit holds significant importance within the Community with a mandate to provide a healthy, supportive and flourishing environment for youth in the Hunter.
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Wheelchair Rugby

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This is growing in Newcastle and Hunter Rugby is a strong supporter.

All local team wheelchairs are funded from local fundraising lunches, and Hunter Rugby sponsors and works closely with Wheelchair Sports NSW and their Newcastle team.
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Domestic Violence

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Our Charitable Partnership with Got Your Back Sista – a locally based domestic violence charity – will only add to the lead taken by Hamilton Rugby. Our alignment involves them being promoted at all home games and with our Players taking a Pledge.
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Referees

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We have an enviable reputation for one of the most highly regarded referee pools in the Country, a reputation we intend to maintain and expand.
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Major Event Support

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Hunter Rugby looks to work closely with the City of Newcastle as well as Rugby Australia to promote Newcastle as a destination of choice for Major Events. This includes Shute Shield / Jack Scott Cup, but also extends to Wallabies Test Matches, Wallaroo Tests, and future Rugby Championship games on an ongoing basis, extending to the potential of Rugby World Cup games in 2027.

We have recently been rewarded with 2 fixtures of the 2020 Tri-Nations Series to be played on 21st November – Wallabies v Argentina and 28th November – Argentina v All Blacks both to be played at McDonald Jones Stadium.
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