The Rogues Rant #240

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IDRU President Darin Crofts has announced the creation of two new Challenge Shield trophies to be up for grabs during this years shortened season now confirmed to kick off on the 1st August. The Peter Woods Challenge Shield will go to the club finishing at the top of the table in First Grade after a full nine rounds of football. The Second Grade sides will be playing for the Talk2MeBro Challenge Shield. Earlier in the week Darin outlined the creation of the two shields. “The First Grade Peter Woods Challenge Shield recognizes the incredible contribution to Illawarra Rugby by past President, Mr Peter Woods, as a player, referee, administrator, board member, and District President over many many years. From season 2021 the shield holder will be required to defend the shield at all away games. The second grade Talk2MeBro shield acknowledges our commitment along with the Talk2MeBro organization to raising awareness of men’s suicide and bringing numbers down to zero through better mental health for our men. Likewise in 2021 the Talk2MeBro shield holder will be required to defend the shield at all away games.” In both cases, the name of the club holding the respective shield at the end of the season will be inscribed on the shield. Round one of the comp is set for Saturday 1st August with the board hopeful of having a detailed draw finalized by the end of the week commencing 6th July. Won’t it be great to get back to some football all be it still dependent on the Coronavirus situation.

Super Rugby AU is underway next week with NSW traveling to Brisbane to take on the Reds first up with the Brumbies hosting the Rebels the following night in Canberra. The Waratahs will be without their most capped player Kurtley Beale who is off to Europe. The 31 year old who has been on the Waratahs books for ten years, will be joining French club Racing 92 on a two year contract and will remain eligible for selection for the Wallabies if required by new Coach Dave Rennie.

Speaking of Dave Rennie, it’s good to hear him speaking so positively in regard to the Wallabies future with the new coach making it very clear that it is going to be an open start for all involved with no one guaranteed their spot in the squad. Hopefully the Bledisloe Cup series will get up and running later in the year with both RA and New Zealand Rugby keen for the tournament to continue. The make-up of the Wallaby squad is likely to look somewhat different than what we are used to.

The Newcastle Wildfires and Penrith have been added to this years Shute Shield competition which involves 13 teams over 13 rounds with a six team final series. Round 1 is July 18th with the Grand Final set for October 31st. Negotiations Are still progressing for the comp to be televised possibly on Channel Seven. Round 1 features Sydney Uni V Warringah and the new boys from Newcastle at Coogee Oval against Randwick.                  

All opinions offered in this column are the opinion of the author. They should not be considered to represent the views of the IDRU.