The Rogues Rant #295

January 11 2022

Welcome to The Rogues Rant, an occasional look at all things Rugby.

By Ron Wood

Happy New Rugby Year to all and welcome to the first Rogues Rant for 2022.

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 March.

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

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