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The National Rugby Camp offers two scholarships a year, awarded on a 'needs-based', for people who require financial assistance.

Our scholarships aim to help young rugby players who love the game and would benefit from attending the Camp, but might not yet be in the position to afford it.

The scholarships 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 an online application.

John Cassidy

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.

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.

Eddie Jones

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.

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. He now currently coaches in Japan.

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Dave McCormack

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.

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.

Eddie Jones and John Cassidy scholarships are proudly sponsored by

New England and North West