Season starts for Notre Dames Sydney's first Rugby Team

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Fall 29-4-2008

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Sydney Campus

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A group of enthusiastic students at The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Sydney Campus have launched the UNDA Sydney Rugby Club.

Rugby Club president, James Griffin, said it was obvious amongst the students in the team that there was a real desire to play for the University.

“A group of us got together and started gathering names for a team. Suddenly five guys turned into 20 and 20 turned into 50. Everybody knew that there was hard work involved in launching a new Rugby club, but they were all still very keen to do it,” said Mr Griffin.

Currently there are two Notre Dame teams playing in their first season for Division five of the New South Wales (NSW) Suburban Rugby Competition. Both have played three games so far, including their first home game last weekend at Centennial Park against Lane Cove.

“Playing for UNDA has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my University life. There is real pride in playing for Notre Dame and that’s shared by the entire club. I think it is vital that this sport, and others, be available at the University, as it provides an outlet from the stress of study and work, and brings the campus community closer together,” said Mr Griffin.

So far this season the first XV have won one game and lost two. The second XV are yet to put a win on the board, but are set to take on the Sydney Harlequins at Waterloo Oval this weekend.

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