We love rugby! But perhaps what we love more is helping children to learn rugby. The National Rugby Camp has been going since 2000, with nearly 300 campers each year. It is a must for any child wanting to get better at 'the game they play in heaven'.
The New England Mutual National Rugby Camp is proudly supported by the major NSW and Australian rugby organisations. As a result of this partnership, every year we have a number of superstars visit the Camp. Our campers are able to chat, rub shoulders and get autographs from some of the biggest players and coaches in rugby, as well as some up-and-coming Australian rugby players.
We provide three different types of camps, depending on the campers age on Jan 12th, 2014. We have a 2-day camp for our smaller campers and a 4-day camp for our older campers, with the choice of living in and living out.
Parents are very welcome to spectate and chat with the coaches. We have many coaches thanks to our support from Australian Rugby, so parents are not required to stay and supervise their child, or required for the coaching.
* Accommodation is St Albert's College at the University of New England, Armidale.
2 Complete a form for each camper in the group
3 Arrange a single payment (cheque or credit card)
4 Fax, email or post completed forms
5 - 9 campers
5 - 9 campers
5 - 9 campers
The National Rugby Camp offers three scholarships a year. These are named in honour of strong supporters of rugby in general, and the National Rugby Camp in particular. The Eddie Jones and John Cassidy scholarships are awarded via applications. They are open to all campers and all ages.
Eddie Jones has been a tremendous encourager of the National Rugby Camp, having been present on a number of occasions. He sees the value in a top-quality rugby camp in Australia and we are particularly grateful for his ongoing contribution. Read more ›
He is a rugby union coach and former player. Jones coached the ACT Brumbies to their first ever Super 12 title in 2001. After the Brumbies success, he was appointed as head coach of the Australian national rugby union team, the Wallabies. He took Australia to the final of the 2003 Rugby World Cup.
John Cassidy has a deep passion for rugby and developing young talent in Australia. His support of the Camp is second to none and it is an honour to have this scholarship in his name. Read more ›
He retired as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Abigroup Limited in February 2004. His tenure as Chairman and CEO of Abigroup saw the company expand, diversifying its civil engineering and construction operations into other related business activities. Abigroup has been responsible for some major infrastructure works such as the M2 Hills Motorway, Sydney SuperDome and the M7 Westlink Motorway in Sydney. Mr Cassidy has also been the Chancellor of the University of New England, serving until 2008.
The Dave McCormack Memorial Shield was created to recognise the contribution to NSW Country Junior Rugby by the late Dave McCormack. An annual rugby match is played between the NSW CJRU U14's and a Brisbane Junior Representative side. Read more ›
Dave's love for NSW Country Junior Rugby was only surpassed by the game itself and his love of the Rugby Community in general. Many small clubs throughout Country NSW have been lucky enough to reap the rewards from the vision and passion Dave had for the game. Through his involvement as a Coach, President and mentor to the many young players he met.
The recipient of this award will be selected from the NSWCJRU side by the members of his family during the match and the player chosen will receive free admission to the National Rugby Camp. The criteria for selection will be the demonstration of sportsmanship, teamwork and respect for the game. The same attributes that Dave himself exhibited to all those fortunate enough to have been part of his team.
New England and North West
Every camper is gifted with a sports pack and access to the premium facilities found at SportUNE, University of New England (UNE). There is also the chance to get autographs and chat with some of the biggest stars in Australian rugby.