Today, following a meeting of the National Development Panel, Rugby Australia along with the State and Territory Member Unions have unanimously agreed to postpone all Community Rugby until the first week of May, effective immediately.
This recommendation covers Rugby matches, Rugby training and face-to-face Rugby education courses. Although this decision has not been made lightly, it has been made with the interests of the participants, families and the broader community as the priority.
In arriving at this decision, Rugby Australia and the Member Unions have considered public health information and the advice of the Rugby Australia Chief Medical Officer, Dr Warren McDonald. The group acknowledges that this decision is a more conservative approach then has currently been recommended by the Australian, State and Territory Governments. However, it has been made to provide clarity to the Rugby community in a challenging and disruptive time.
Rugby Australia and the Member Unions are fully committed to supporting the game through this difficult time and the decision will allow for six weeks of planning to deliver a modified season which will commence, at this stage, at the beginning of May. The modified season will vary at a local level to best support the needs of our local Rugby communities.
It is acknowledged that there are a variety of Rugby competitions underway and Rugby Australia will work closely with Member Unions to minimize this disruption.
It is not the intention for this decision to interfere with the non-rugby related activities of our Rugby clubs, such as operation of licensed facilities. Government advice should continue to be followed in this regard.Rugby Australia and Member Unions will also work to increase the opportunity for people to engage in online education to ensure our critical workforces are ready for the recommencement of community Rugby.
The National Development Panel will meet weekly for the foreseeable future and will review this position and communicate any updates regularly.
Southern Inland Rugby Union is seeking Expressions of Interest from suitably qualified individuals (legal and non-legal) to be members of the SIRU Judiciary panel. Successful applicants will form part of a pool of panel members who may be called upon by the Chairperson of the Judiciary Committee to adjudicate on a case. Appointed officers within Southern Inland Rugby Union are ineligible to apply.
Applications close 22 February 2020. The resources and policy documents mentioned below are available on the SIRU social media pages.
Successful applicants will be encouraged to undertake training, where possible, on 20 March 2020 in Canberra. The interview panel will convene as quickly as possible after the closing date to facilitate the attendance of successful applicants at this training.
Enquiries may be directed to Warwick Grant, either by email or on mobile: 0412 427 480
President, Southern Inland Rugby Union
YAfter many reviews, the Final 2020 SIRU Competition Draw has arrived!
With some vast changes in terms of the competition structure for 2020, the draw has gone through a major makeover compared to recent seasons. In 2020 our Premier divisions (1st Grade Mens and Women's Xs) will include 9 teams; Albury, Griffith, Hay, Leeton, Reddies, Tumut, WAC, Wagga City and Waratahs. Our 2nd Grade competition will host eight of teams in 2020, with Deniliquin following Hay in the draw structure, and Leeton not entering a 2nd Grade team in 2020. With Hay and Deniliquin jumping up the grades in 2020, we will see only six teams in McMullen Cup, with three from Wagga (WAC, Wagga City and Waratahs) and three from the "Country" regions (Griffith, Leeton and Tumut).
The General Competition Byes will occur on Public Holiday weekends including, Easter, ANZAC Day and Queen's Birthday.
There are plans in place to have a competition round focussed on Indigenous acknowledgement involving all clubs, more details for this will come out closer to the season.
In 1st Grade and Women's each team will play 16 games across the 18 rounds, whilst their club will see 2 Club Byes during the season.
2nd Grade will play 14 games across the 18 rounds, as they will face the same byes as above and when the Premier Grades and 3rd Grade teams play against Leeton.
McMullen Cup teams will play 12 games across the season, their participants will certainly enjoy the additional weeks off, but will play two teams on an extra occasion possibly while the rest of the club has a bye.
Finals will begin on the 29th August with the top four teams from each grade qualifying, and Grand Finals will be held on the 12th September with Championships for all four grades up for grabs at one location.
Please see images below for the details of the draw for each grade.
You can also find the draw in the "Schedule & Results" section of our website, and on Rugby Xplorer.
SIRU is glad to get the below dates and locations out so early prior to the later-than-usual competition start date of Term 2 in 2020.
During the SIRU Junior Council Meeting, all clubs agreed that the school holidays were tricky to negotiate with families often using this time to take a break. So the clubs agreed to start the competition in Term 2, with only the "Winter Holidays" being negotiated in 2020.
The season will start with two Half Gala Days on 3rd and 17th May, followed by a Full Gala Day in Griffith on 31st May. With the growing number of teams and games each year, the clubs agreed to only host Full Gala Days at locations which were capable of hosting all games at (ideally) one ground.
Then we move into another two Half Gala Days on the 14th and 28th June, then straight into a Full Gala Day in Wagga on the 5th July (first weekend of Winter School Holidays).
The regular season closes out with three Half Gala Day on 26th July, 2nd and 16th August, before the Finals begin for those teams eligible in Wagga and Grenfell on consecutive weekends. Champions will be crowned in Grenfell on 30th August, and that will be the end of the Junior Season for another year.
Full details are below, with how the clubs are going to be split at Half Gala Days to come in the next couple of weeks through your clubs!
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Some of the details are listed below for your convenience.