General Manager's Update

30 days ago

Preseason training is well underway!

Preseason training is well underway and there is lots of activity at Latham Park on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights, with our new Strength and Conditioning Coach Jacinta Mattingly, having the players literally jumping out of their skin in the very steamy conditions. I would also like to thank long term volunteer Ric McLallen for his help and attendance at every session since November, doing whatever is required. Thanks mate.

Unbelievably Round 1 of Super Rugby kicks-off this weekend and many Randwick players are at the forefront of it across the various state franchises. In terms of ex-players we have some good news from the old dart, but also mourn the passing of an old Wick. Read on..

NSW Waratah Selections:
Huge congratulations to Rob Simmons for being named captain of the Waratahs for the 2020 season and to our home grown Coogee, Clovelly, Randwick Junior Academy and Marcellin College graduate Will Harrison, who will make his debut as the starting fly-half against the Crusaders in Nelson this Saturday. It will be a very proud day for my family and for the many locals involved in his development over the years.

Mitch Short also joins Rob and Will in the Waratahs squad heading over the ditch to take on the reigning Super Rugby Champions and we wish the Randwick boys all the very best, in what will be the toughest of challenges in Round 1.

In recent trial matches against the Highlanders and Reds, other Wicks players, who are members of the Tahs broader squad such as Ben Donaldson, Michael McDonald, James Ramm and Triston Reilly also greatly impressed.

Randwick’s tentacles also spread to the Melbourne Rebels, with Andrew Deegan, Andrew Kellaway and Esei Haangana representing us down south. The Rebels play the Sunwolves in Japan on Saturday and we also wish them well.

England Six Nations Squad Selection:
Congratulations also to Alex Moon and George Furbank who were selected in the England Six Nations Squad for 2020, by a coach familiar to us all - Eddie Jones. Both hail from the English Premiership club Northampton, but in 2018 played with Randwick as part of an ongoing development program with us and both lads left a great impression here – particularly at board member Richard Carmont’s house, where they resided.

The passing of John Morrison:
Sincere condolences from all at Randwick Rugby go to the family and friends of John Morrison who sadly passed away last week aged 84. John played 67 grade games for us in the period from 1955-1962.

Aside from his time in Myrtle Green and lifetime support of the club, John served in the Army, had a distinguished career in the NSW Police Force and was heavily engaged in the local community as both an independent Councillor and Mayor of Waverley Council. He was also a committed Christian and volunteered much of his time as a youth worker and in aged care. He was a major contributor and participant in our district.

John is survived by his wife Marion and son’s Alan and Scott – or our Prime Minister Scott Morrison, as you would know him better. RIP John.

Suttons Sayleyard Season Ticket Holder - Summer Special
Just a reminder if you haven’t already taken advantage of our $99 deal, you need to hurry as the offer ends this Sunday, Feb 2.

Simply click on this link to purchase, which includes entry to all 8 home games, reserved seating, a cap, other bonus items and fabulous discounts.

Plus, lock in your diary our first home game at Coogee Oval against Manly on Saturday April 11 – where we will also celebrate the life and times of the legendary Jeffrey Leonard Sayle. It will be a huge day in the Sayleyard and beyond!

Up the Wicks!

Mark Harrison
General Manager

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