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HUNTER RUGBY: Wanderers dressed for success in 2024

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Wanderers Rugby Club will pay homage to its esteemed – and glittering – past as it celebrates its 100th year in 2024.

The organisation unveiled its special centenary playing kits at its season launch, in the Blue Room at Newcastle’s No. 2 Sportsground at the weekend.

While the event was aimed at honouring the sponsors and volunteers, it also set the scene for an exciting campaign ahead, which kicks off against Southern Beaches at Ernie Calland Field on Saturday 13 April from 3.30pm.

Wanderers Rugby Club kicked off its season at the weekend. Photo: Thomasvanphotography

As part of its historic revelries, the Wanderers proudly divulged its specially-crafted outfits, acknowledging 10 decades of tradition and excellence in rugby, including replica jerseys of the 1925 first grade, 1950 “seconds”, 1958 women’s, 1971 juniors, 1981 “thirds” and 2001 Friday Night 4s teams.

An Academy shirt, featuring an image of the 1925 side on the front with the club motto “fortius quo Fidelius” (strength through loyalty) and a list of the 21 years of Club Championships on the back, was also revealed.

In a tribute to the rich heritage of the Wanderers, players will don the jumpers – spanning the entire centenary – throughout 2024.

“From the inaugural jerseys of the early days to more modern renditions representing recent triumphs, each one tells a unique story of our evolution over the past 100 years,” head coach Trevor Hefren said.

“But, this centenary playing kit is more than just a uniform.

“It’s a symbol of our club’s enduring legacy and the countless memories shared on the rugby field throughout the decades.

“By wearing these jersey replicas, our players are honouring the pioneers who laid the foundation for our success.

“And, hopefully, they’ll inspire future generations, too.”

Jonno Wilson chaired a panel discussion at the Wanderers Rugby Club’s season launch. Photo: Thomasvanphotography

The Wanderers season launch also featured a dynamic panel discussion, bringing together key figures from the club including the head coach, president, a seasoned player and a representative from the junior program.

The forum, chaired by Jonno Wilson, offered valuable insights and perspectives on the upcoming Hunter Rugby year, highlighting key strategies, goals and aspirations for the organisation.

“We were thrilled to host our dedicated sponsors and volunteers for the event, recognising their invaluable support and contribution to the Wanderers,” president Peter Chrystal said.

“It not only served as an opportunity to express our gratitude but also to engage in meaningful dialogue about the exciting journey that lies before us.

“The panel discussion delved into various aspects of the season, including team dynamics, player development initiatives, community engagement efforts and the club’s commitment to excellence both on and off the field.

“Attendees had the chance to interact with club members, network with fellow sponsors and volunteers, and learn more about the various opportunities for involvement and support throughout 2024.”

The unveiling of the centenary playing kits marks a significant milestone in Wanderers Rugby Club’s year-long celebration, which includes various events and initiatives to commemorate its 100th anniversary.

For more information about upcoming activations, follow the organisation on social media.

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