Between acting, being his first year at St. Andrew’s college, and playing competitive rugby, free moments are few and far between for fresher James Kane. Although rugby may not have been the first sport he got into (he started with soccer when he was 7 and caught on to rugby two years later), he tells me he’s really enjoying this season so far and looking forward to progressing as a player.
A stiff breeze coming off Parramatta Road was capitalised by West Harbour last Saturday at Concord Oval. The Pirates 23-17 victory was built on the back of their first half momentum and University playing catchup for the entire game.
He sits down across from me at Ralph’s Café with a massive bowl of pasta and an even bigger grin. I’m not sure if it’s the food in front of him, or that he has training soon, or the fact that he’s about to be badgered with questions for the next half hour, but he seems happy to be here.
Australian U20’s Head Coach Adrian Thompson has today announced his squad for next month’s World Rugby U20 Championship in Italy.
If the recent Mayweather Pacquiao bout was billed as the ultimate battle then Sydney University and Eastwood games ranks up there also . Last Saturday’s fixture at the T.G. Millner Field saw a seesawing scoreline which would puzzle a Newtown clairvoyant. University had a narrow loss of 34-29 but the result could have gone to the Students with an ounce of luck.
He’s the unassuming all-round nice guy in the Waratahs who remains an irrevocable leader and role model for players not just within his own ranks, but for the many across NSW whose dreams are to be just like him when they grow up.
The third article in our four part series is from Uni legend and TV star Phil Waugh. Phil is one of the most recognisable players from recent years, having played 124 games for the Tahs and 79 test matches. The highlight of career was winning the John Eales Medal for the Best and Fairest Player in 2003.
After a meagre start to the season by their standards, Sydney University came into this clash with their old rivals off the back of two impressive wins away to both Souths and Norths. A third in a row over a team above them on the ladder would set them up nicely for a tough upcoming fortnight against the top two. Having lost their opening game of the season at Eastwood, Randwick have gone from strength to strength since, winning five on the trot which culminated with last weekend’s 50pt despatching of local rivals, Easts. A win at Uni Oval No.1 would be a significant confidence boost to Shannon Fraser’s young side.
On an evening more suited to staying at home with a cup of tea and watching one of those Rock Hudson Doris Day movies, Sydney University still defeated Randwick 29-15 last Saturday night at a water logged University Oval No 1.
One of the Brumbies’ most promising recruits of 2015, James Dargaville joined the side following a standout Shute Shield campaign with Sydney University. Recently celebrating his 23rd birthday last week on the 25th April, James originally started his career as a Backrower where he represented the NSW Schoolboys 1st XV side in 2010.
Unfortunately due to the wet weather we have been forced to postpone all games expect 1st Grade for our Saturday Night Football fixture tomorrow (Saturday May 2nd, 2015).
The Australian U20’s side to play Samoa has been named as the Australian side looks to start the Oceania Rugby Junior Championship off with a win against Pacific heavy weights, Samoa.
Australian U20’s Head Coach, Adrian Thompson was happy with the progression of his young charges in camp.
Following a last minute call up to represent Lebanon in the West Asian Rugby Championship in Lebanon, Bilal Elbatoory arrived home last week with memories that will last him a lifetime.
Over the weekend, the 1st XV from St Stanislaus' College made the trip to Sydney for a rugby camp and were treated to some exclusive insights into life at SUFC.
On Saturday 18th April members of the Colt's playing group and their parents were fortunate to hear from David Kirk MBE, Friends of SUFC Chairman and their annual dinner at St Andrew's College. The speech was so well received by all that we would like to share his speech with the SUFC community.