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The Waratahs eye off return to 2023 Hunter Rugby ranks


The Waratahs Rugby Union Club is investigating the possibility of returning to the Hunter Rugby ranks in 2023.

The organisation will host an open community meeting at the Hamilton North Bowling Club on Sunday 14 August, from 10.30am, to discuss plans about re-entering the men’s competition next season.

The Tahs, as they are affectionately known, debuted in the senior grades in 1945 and were quickly promoted to firsts.

However, the club dropped back to divisional rugby in 2018 and, unfortunately, could not field a team this year.

Despite that setback, The Waratahs still made their mark in the women’s format and boasted a growing number of junior sides.

President Alex Robson admitted he, and many others, wanted to witness the men in action again.

“There was plenty of disappointment earlier this season when we announced that, for the first time in 77 years, we would not have a team,” he said.

“A lot of people have come forward to assist the club in the past few months with the aim of seeing The Tahs field a men’s side next season.

“The ultimate aim, of course, is getting back into the Premier competition.”

Robson’s inviting current and former players, supporters – such as the club’s Old Boys’ Association and junior committee – and friends of The Tahs to the 14 August forum.

“The priorities at the meeting will be to establish an interim committee to form a larger working committee for 2023,” he said.

“We wanted to build our volunteer and coaching bases to ensure both men’s and women’s teams were adequately resourced.

“We hope that by providing quality coaching, competitive rugby and a traditional ‘social rugby’ experience off the field, we will encourage former players to return to The Tahs and newcomers to join as well.

“Our immediate plans include contacting players and supporters who have been involved with the club during the past four years to advise them about the meeting.

“We realise that some former ones may not want to return in a playing capacity.

“But, there are a lot of opportunities for them to be engaged in support and other off-field roles.

“The proposed interim committee will be important in the immediate future as we want to build a player base for 2023 – and this will be one of its major undertakings.

“It’s a new era for The Waratahs Rugby Union Club.

‘So, we are hoping for a big turnout of current and former players and supporters for the meeting as we plan for the future.”

Waratahs Rugby Union Club open community meeting

When: Sunday 14 August

Where: Hamilton North Bowling Club

Time: 10.30am

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