January 11 2022
Welcome to The Rogues Rant, an occasional look at all things
By Ron Wood
Happy New Rugby Year to all and welcome to the first Rogues Rant
Unfortunately the Covid Pandemic has claimed its first Rugby victim
for 2022 with the forced cancellation of the Shoalhaven Women’s 7’s tournament
set down for January 15th. Tournament coordinator Liam Allen advises that due
to several pull outs from among the twelve teams entered and continuing uncertainty
regarding numbers for several other sides due to Covid issues, the decision has
been made to cancel the Tournament. After such a healthy response, Liam is
hopeful that the opportunity will be there in the not too distant future to revive
what would have been a strongly contested tournament.
We are just over two weeks away from the big match-up between
the Waratahs and Brumbies at Eridge Park, Bowral on the 29th. The both clubs
are very keen for this match to go ahead with Super Rugby Pacifica kicking off
just three weeks later.
The Waratahs start their Super Rugby campaign with a home match against
the Fiji Drua outfit on Friday February 18. A week later they are up against
staunch rivals Queensland at home again with the venues for both these matches
still to be confirmed. Their third match is away to the Brumbies in Canberra on
March 5th. As it was in 2021 all Super Rugby matches will be shown live on Stan
with Channel 9 showing one match live each week.
On the local front clubs should be receiving the Official IDRU Draw
in the coming days with a third grade competition included. It remains to be
seen just how many clubs will be able to raise the numbers to enter a third
grade side in 2022. A decision on whether to go ahead with a third grade
competition will be made closer to the First Round of the comp due for the 26th
It’s been announced that the Golden Oldies World Rugby Festival
is coming back to Australia, to be played in Perth from March 19th to 26th in
2023. These tournaments have seen many old Rugby diehards travel the world over
the years for what is always a very enjoyable and sometimes rugged experience
for all. The ruggedness is not always confined to the field as old friends get
together from all parts of the globe in the desire to again enjoy the comradery
of our great game.
With the departure of Scott Johnson from his Director of Rugby
role at Rugby Australia, could this be the start of a new more co-operative era
for Australian Rugby. From all reports Johnson has been able to break down the
historic rivalries between the various Unions that make up Australian Rugby in
terms of the on field issues are concerned. Let’s now hope that a similar
attitude can prevail in all aspects of the game off the field and we see the
powers that be put the future of the game on a more evenly structured path.
Rugby Diary 2022
15th January Shoalhaven Women’s 7’s (Cancelled)
29th January NSW Waratahs V Brumbies
– Eridge Park, Bowral.
19th February Macarthur 10’s – Camden Rugby Park
26th February Kiama 7’s
26th March IDRU Premiership Round 1
11/12th June NSW Country
Championships – Tamworth
10th September IDRU Grand Final
opinions offered in this column are the opinion of the author. They should not
be considered to represent the views of the IDRU.