Local Newspaper Stories

Links to local newspaper articles featuring news for CNRU.

National Rugby Championship: Country Eagles beaten in last minute

Tue 25th Sep 2018

Glen Innes rugby product Alex Newsome once again thrilled his home region fans with another five-pointer in for the Country Eagles in Armidale. The Canberra Vikings reversed last year’s result in a last-minute win. read more ...... ... more details

Central North grand final: Farrer crowned under-19s champions

Thu 20th Sep 2018

Farrer delivered their best performance of the season in Saturday’s under-19s grand final to run away with the Reg Kelly Trophy 47-22, and give half-back Lochie O’Keefe the perfect birthday present. read more ......... more details

Central North grand finals: Tim Collins recognised as player of the grand final

Thu 20th Sep 2018

The reward for all his hard work over the off-season came on Saturday for Tim Collins, the hooker not only helping Pirates claim a third consecutive Central North first grade premiership but being adjudged the player of the grand final  read more ......... more details

NSW Country Eagles star Alex Newsome excited about playing in front of home crowd

Thu 20th Sep 2018

You couldn’t have scripted a better finish to Alex Newsome’s return to New England in last year’s National Rugby Championship clash in Armidale.  read more ......... more details

Central North rugby: Inverell too good for Gunnedah in women's 7s grand final

Tue 18th Sep 2018

Gunnedah are aiming to be back bigger and better next season after falling just short of a fairytale Central North women’s 7s premiership on Saturday. read more ......... more details

Central North grand finals: Narrabri topple Moree 15-5 to win second grade premiership

Tue 18th Sep 2018

Narrabri coach Craig Summers said leading into Saturday’s second grade grand final if the Blue Boars could play like they did in the first 30 minutes of the major semi-final but for “60 or 70” he was certain they could “give it a shake”. read more ......... more details

Central North grand finals: Inverell crowned women's 7s premiers

Tue 18th Sep 2018

Dale Beattie was a “very happy coach” on Saturday afternoon, and with good reason.   He had just witnessed his Inverell side etch their names in the history books as the first-ever Central North women’s 7s champions in emphatic fashion. read more ...... ... more details

Central North grand final: Walcha's premiership hopes foiled again by Pirates

Mon 17th Sep 2018

It wasn’t to be again for Walcha on Saturday, missed opportunities and a backpeddling scrum hurting the Rams’ as their hopes of ending the club’s premiership drought were quashed by Pirates 24-8. read more ......... more details

Central North grand final: Pirates finish on top again

Mon 17th Sep 2018

Pirates delivered a clinical and emphatic grand final performance to cement their dynasty at a packed and sun-soaked Ken Chillingworth Oval on Saturday. read more ......... more details

Central North grand finals: Inverell crowned women's 7s premiers

Mon 17th Sep 2018

Dale Beattie was a “very happy coach” on Saturday afternoon, and with good reason. read more ......... more details

Central North grand final: Pirates make it three in a row.

Sun 16th Sep 2018

Here’s how it all unfolded as Central North crowned their 2018 champions at Ken Chillingworth Oval on Saturday. Stay tuned for more on the grand final action. read more ......... more details

Central North Rugby under 19s grand final: Farrer take on Pirates

Sat 15th Sep 2018

It’s not often you hear a coach say a loss helped his team out. But for Matt Grinter and his Pirates under 19s side, that’s exactly what happened a fortnight ago. read more ...... ... more details

Central North grand final: Moree Bulls look to defend second grade premiership against Narrabri Blue Boars

Sat 15th Sep 2018

Moree Weebolla Bulls will be looking to defend their second grade premiership title when they face arch-rivals Narrabri Blue Boars in this Saturday’s Central North Rugby Union grand final. read more ......... more details

Five Inverell Highlanders represent UNE Lions in Canberra for 7s rugby

Sat 15th Sep 2018

Five Inverell Highlanders represented the UNE Lions in Canberra at the weekend in round two of the AON series.   Rhiannon Byers, Leah Wilson, Sharna Povey, Emily Adams and Lauren Nott were included in the squad. read more ...... ... more details

Central North Rugby: Doug Biffin and Sandy Cameron welcome grand final babies

Sat 15th Sep 2018

Grand final preparations have taken a bit of a back seat this week for two of Saturday’s first grade rivals – but for a good reason. Pirates’ Doug Biffin and Walcha’s Sandy Cameron both welcomed new additions to their families on Wednesday – Biffin... more details

Highlanders geared up for women’s grand final against Gunnedah Red Devils

Sat 15th Sep 2018

Focused on executing a perfect game plan, Inverell Highlanders’ women will face Gunnedah Red Devils in the Central North Rugby Union grand final this weekend. read more ......... more details

Brendan Rixon continues injury comeback as grand final looms

Fri 14th Sep 2018

On Saturday, Brendan Rixon will do something he didn’t think he’d be doing this year. He’ll run out for Pirates in the Central North Rugby Union grand final against Walcha. read more ...... ... more details

Central North Rugby: Gunnedah to tackle Inverell in first ever womens 7s grand final

Fri 14th Sep 2018

One of the greatest assets in the seven’s game is speed, and Fiona Laurie has that in spades. It’s one of the reasons that when John Hickey signed on to coach the Red Devils in their maiden Central North womens 7s season she was one of the first people he sought out about play... more details

Central North Rugby: Walcha Rams gear up for grand final against Pirates

Thu 13th Sep 2018

The Walcha Rams are aiming to avenge their one-point 2017 grand final loss to Tamworth Pirates when they face the reigning premiers in this year’s Central North decider on Saturday.  read more ......... more details

Central North preliminary finals: Gunnedah women defeat Pirates

Wed 12th Sep 2018

Gunnedah coach John Hickey will dash back from the Gold Coast and forgo the International Triathlon Union World Championships standard distance event after his Red Devils’ women’s side pulled off a stunning preliminary final upset at Moree on Saturday. read more ......... more details

Central North Rugby Union: Walcha are off to the grand final

Wed 12th Sep 2018

Fresh from a week off and raring to go, the Rams took on Moree at Moree for a chance to take on Pirates in the Grand Final again.  read more ......... more details

Calrossy boys selected to play rugby in Japan

Wed 12th Sep 2018

Bradley MacDonald, Lachlan McEvoy, William Nichols and Harrison Nichols fly out on Wednesday after being selected to represent Australia in a series of games as part of the Kamaisha International Junior Rugby Festival in Japan. read more ......... more details

Central North preliminary final: Walcha Rams defeat Moree Bulls to claim grand final berth

Mon 10th Sep 2018

Walcha have secured their spot in the 2018 Central North grand final with a thrilling victory over Moree at Weebolla Oval on Saturday. The loss of five-eighth and talisman Simon Newton late in the first half due to injury wasn’t enough to stop the visitors from charging home t... more details

Rugby Union: Paddy Ryan ready and raring to go with NSW Country Eagles

Wed 05th Sep 2018

Fresh from a fifth Shute Shield triumph with his beloved Sydney Uni, Paddy Ryan can’t wait to rip in for the NSW Country Eagles. read more ......... more details

Central North Qualifying Final: Inverell edge out Pirates 20-17 in women's 7s

Tue 04th Sep 2018

Some desperate defence in the final seconds saved Inverell as the Highlanders held on to become the first-ever Central North women’s 7s grand finalists. read more ......... more details

Rugby Union: NSW Country Eagles get set to kick-off National Rugby Championship campaign

Mon 03rd Sep 2018

The region will have its strongest presence in the NSW Country Eagles with Tamworth’s Mick Snowden and Narrabri’s Will McDonnell joining Paddy Ryan and Alex Newsome in Eagles colours this season. read more ......... more details

Central North qualifying final: Pirates hold on for three point win over Moree

Sun 02nd Sep 2018

There was no-one more fitting to secure Pirates a third straight home grand final than Sam Collins. read more ......... more details

Central North qualifying final: Moree gallant in defeat

Sun 02nd Sep 2018

Moree gave it their all in Saturday’s qualifying final, producing one of their best performances of the season. read more ......... more details

Highlanders women to play for grand final spot against Pirates

Fri 31st Aug 2018

All that stands between the Inverell Highlanders women’s side and the 2018 Central North Rugby Union grand final is Saturday’s qualifying final. read more ......... more details

Central North Rugby: A family dilemma

Fri 31st Aug 2018

When people learn of Pirates half-back Jackson Sharpe’s league pedigree, the question inevitably pops up – why doesn’t he play league? read more ........ more details

Moree Bulls first grade to take on Tamworth Pirates, second grade face Narrabri Blue Boars in Central North rugby union major semi-finals

Fri 31st Aug 2018

Moree Weebolla Bulls have a tough Saturday ahead as both first and second grade sides will be fighting to secure a spot in the grand final in two weeks’ time. read more ......... more details

Central North Rugby: Gunnedah triumph 20-7 in women's elimination final

Wed 29th Aug 2018

  Gunnedah’s victory in Saturday’s Central North women’s 7s elimination final was a momentous one on a couple of fronts. The zone’s first-ever women’s 7s final, the Red Devils bedevilled the Blue Boars 20-7 to be a win away from a grand final appearance the... more details

Central North Rugby: Narrabri's season ended by Walcha

Mon 27th Aug 2018

Narrabri were by their admission outplayed and outenthused by a red-hot Walcha on Saturday as a season that promised so much came to a disappointing end. read more ......... more details

Central North Rugby: Walcha outgun Narrabri 54-5 in elimination final

Sun 26th Aug 2018

Walcha showed their full bag of tricks as they outclassed Narrabri 54-5 in Saturday’s elimination final. read more ......... more details

Central North Rugby: Narrabri out to turn the tables on Walcha

Sat 25th Aug 2018

Narrabri’s backline has proven one of the most potent in the competition, and been one of the catalysts of the Blue Boars’ success this season, but it is the warriors in the pack that could play the most decisive role in Saturday’s minor semi-final against Walcha. r... more details

Central North Rugby: Inverell to tackle Pirates in second grade elimination final

Sat 25th Aug 2018

Inverell Highlanders’ second grade will travel to Walcha on Saturday to take on the Tamworth Pirates in an elimination final. Coach Nigel Henley said he was quietly confident the Inverell side would be able to secure a win. read more ...... ... more details

Central North women's sevens: Gunnedah Red Devils a big improver

Fri 24th Aug 2018

From “30-to-40-point floggings” to finals footy. The Gunnedah Red Devils improvement in the Central North women’s sevens competition has been immense. read more ......... more details

Central North Rugby Union: Walcha and Narrabri to collide in minor semi-final

Thu 23rd Aug 2018

The Walcha Rams face another must-win situation to keep their season alive as the Central North finals series looms.  The Rams will begin their finals campaign on home turf this Saturday when they face the Narrabri Blue Boars in the minor semi-final. read more ...... ... more details

Central North Round 18: Narrabri complete regular season with 29-15 win over Moree

Tue 21st Aug 2018

Narrabri coach Dylan Duncan commented after his sides elimination final win over Moree last year there was “no better feeling than beating Moree at Moree”. read more ......... more details

Pirates beat Barraba-Gwydir 43-21 to claim minor premiership

Mon 20th Aug 2018

Pirates final round 43-21 victory against Barraba-Gwydir was important for a number of reasons. Firstly, it handed the Tamworth-based side the minor premiership and secondly it gave a slew of players much needed game time before finals. read more ...... ... more details

Red Devils close out season with 43-12 win over Scone | Photos

Mon 20th Aug 2018

Gunnedah’s final round victory was as delightful to watch for their supporters as much it was a reminder of what could have been. The Red Devils were sensational in the first half to lead 24-0 at the break before closing out a 43-12 victory. read more ...... ... more details

Central North Rugby: Barraba out to cause final round upset

Sat 18th Aug 2018

Before Paul Edwards pulled on the green and white of Barraba/Gwydir this season, he donned Wales’ rugby league colours. The Aberdare native initially came out to Australia play for the Wales under-23 mens side at the Commonwealth Championships in February. read more... more details

Central North Rugby: Gunnedah to hold Drought Support Day on Saturday

Fri 17th Aug 2018

The farming community has long been the lifeblood of country rugby clubs. On Saturday Gunnedah will be doing their bit to help tackle the drought and give back to the local community that has given so much to them, with their final home game against Scone to be a Drought Support Day... more details

Central North Rugby: Barraba pip Gunnedah 39-38 in a thriller

Sun 12th Aug 2018

Barraba/Gwydir snatched victory from Gunnedah’s grasp with a penalty after the bell, after the Red Devils had looked to have done likewise when Sanimo Navatu crashed over and Brad Swain converted to give the home side a two point lead with just over a minute remaining. read more ......... more details

Central North Rugby: Pirates chasing a return to the winners circle against Inverell

Sat 11th Aug 2018

Doug Biffin is poised for his first start for Pirates since the corresponding game in the first round at Inverell on Saturday, but he won’t be packing down in the forwards. read more ......... more details

NSW Country Rugby Union to collect funds for drought relief

Sat 11th Aug 2018

The whole of NSW has been declared as drought affected and one of the state’s biggest regional sporting bodies has thrown their support behind drought relief efforts.  read more ......... more details

Moree Bulls defeat Scone Brumbies in round 15 of the Central North rugby union competitio

Tue 07th Aug 2018

After a disappointing couple of weeks on the field, Moree Weebolla Bulls have fought their way back to winning form with a big victory against Scone Brumbies on Saturday. read more ......... more details

Rugby Union: Tamworth Tri Colours host annual junior carnival

Tue 07th Aug 2018

Fantastic conditions helped make the Tamworth Tri Colours’ annual carnival a huge success on Sunday. read more ......... more details

Narrabri score a comeback win over Pi

Mon 06th Aug 2018

When Narrabri coach Dylan Duncan said he felt “pretty good” after the Blue Boars had beaten Pirates on Saturday, he may have been understating his emotions a touch. read more ......... more details

TAMWORTH MAGPIES BREAK SEASON HOODOO OVER ARMIDALE BLUES

Mon 06th Aug 2018

In the New England Rugby competition, and the Tamworth Magpies have recorded a one-point win over the Armidale Blues. Despite the victory, it spells the end of their season, as other results didn’t fall in their favour. view video ......... more details

Central North: Walcha Rams host Gunnedah this Saturday

Thu 02nd Aug 2018

The Walcha Rams are bracing for a test against the Gunnedah Red Devils for their final home match of the regular season this Saturday.  read more ......... more details

Inverell’s Junior Highlanders return from New Zealand rugby tour

Thu 02nd Aug 2018

Inverell’s junior Highlanders have returned from a perfectly-balanced rugby union tour of New Zealand. read more ......... more details

Rugby Union: Paddy Ryan prepares for the next chapter of his rugby career

Wed 01st Aug 2018

Paddy Ryan has reflected his seven seasons with the NSW Waratahs as the best years of his life. read more ......... more details

Central North Rugby: Narrabri account for Inverell 36-nil

Mon 30th Jul 2018

It’s been a prominent feature all season and Narrabri’s defence proved impenetrable at Dangar Park on Saturday as they kept themselves in the hunt to host the minor semi-final with a 36-point shut out of Inverell. read more ......... more details

Central North Rugby: Gunnedah and Moree play out 34-all draw

Mon 30th Jul 2018

Sanimo Navatu was - ironically given the opposition - like a rampaging bull as he inspired what is becoming a trademark second half fightback from Gunnedah to earn a share of the points with Moree on Saturday. read more ......... more details

Central North Rugby: Gunnedah back on winners list

Wed 25th Jul 2018

A double to prop Matt Pardesi reflected a strong display from the Gunnedah pack as the Red Devils picked up their first win of the second round at Quirindi on Saturday. read more ......... more details

Pirates take out a ‘scrappy’ win over Scone

Tue 24th Jul 2018

Pirates coach Mat Kelly described Saturday’s match against Scone as scrappy but it didn’t stop Pirates from getting the points at Ken Chillingworth Oval. On a day when Pirates were collecting donations for the ‘R U Aware, We Care’ drought relief campaign, the home side... more details

Moree Bulls defeated by Walcha Rams in round 14 of Central North rugby union competition

Tue 24th Jul 2018

Walcha produced a late surge at Weebolla Oval on Saturday to topple competition leaders Moree and underline their premiership credentials. read more ......... more details

Tamworth outplayed by Barbarians in New England Rugby Union

Tue 24th Jul 2018

Tamworth were no longer masters of their own destiny. read more ......... more details

Central North Rugby Round 13: Pirates power to 28-7 win over Gunnedah

Tue 17th Jul 2018

Pirates blew Gunnedah away in the first half before repelling a second half charge from the home side to plot a course back to the winners circle on Saturday. read more ......... more details

Central North Rugby: Thor Crombie loving switch to backrow

Sat 14th Jul 2018

Thor Crombie’s transformation from back to backrower had an element of inevitability about it.  As the New Zealand native pointed out, his Walcha coaches were always commenting that he tried to play like a number seven. read more ...... ... more details

Central North Rugby: Pirates looking to bounce back against Gunnedah

Sat 14th Jul 2018

He’s their “Mr Fix-it”, and Sam Collins will be a welcome inclusion as Pirates look to rediscover their winning aura at Gunnedah on Saturday. read more ......... more details

Central North women trial for UNE Lions in Tamworth

Sat 14th Jul 2018

Central North’s women’s rugby union side competed in the final trial for the UNE Lions AON series in Tamworth. read more ......... more details

Central North Rugby: Moree Bulls defeat Quirindi Lions 55-8

Thu 12th Jul 2018

Moree Weebolla Bulls have moved to top spot on the ladder after a convincing win over the Quirindi Lions. Still on a high after the previous round’s thrilling win against the then-undefeated Pirates, the Bulls proved too strong for the Lions and charged ahead 55-8. read more ........ more details

Central North Round 12: Moree and Narrabri put 50 in their opposition

Mon 09th Jul 2018

Five-eighth Jamie Sampson and winger Josh Walker both pursed hat-tricks as Moree’s backs cut Quirindi apart at Quirindi on Saturday. read more ......... more details

Central North Rugby Round 12: Walcha edge out Pirates 25-22

Mon 09th Jul 2018

For a moment on Saturday it looked like Pirates were going to break Walcha hearts again. Trailing 25-10 mid-way through the second half, and staring down the barrel at a second straight loss, the premiers found the urgency they had been lacking for much of the contest, scoring twice in t... more details

Central North Round 12: Inverell edge out Gunnedah 15-12

Mon 09th Jul 2018

Jeremy Hallam was a late hero for Inverell as they hung on for a 15-12 win over Gunnedah on Saturday. With the Highlanders clinging to a three point lead and the Red Devils only 5m out from their line with only seconds remaining, Hallam came up with a crucial turnover. read mo... more details

Central North Rugby: Pirates bracing for walcha test

Sat 07th Jul 2018

James Trappel will step virtually straight off the plane and into the fire as Pirates and Walcha renew hostilities at Ken Chillingworth Oval on Saturday. read more ......... more details

Gunnedah hosts annual junior rugby carnival

Wed 04th Jul 2018

The region’s next generation of rugby stars took to the fields in Gunnedah on Sunday for the junior rugby club’s annual gala carnival.  The sixth carnival on the Central North calendar, the Gunnedah carnival saw over 100 budding young players from under-6s... more details

Rugby Union: NSW Country lose Border Cup clash to Queensland Country

Tue 03rd Jul 2018

The Border Cup might have eluded their NSW Country side in Goondwindi on Saturday but the experience of playing for the Cockatoos was still a very enjoyable one for Walcha’s Ed Cordingley and Pirates’ Andrew Collins. read more ......... more details

Central North Round 11: Moree upset Pirates 43 - 38

Mon 02nd Jul 2018

All winning streaks have to come to end eventually.  For Pirates that moment came on Saturday as Moree delivered the premiers their first loss in 32 games. read more ...... ... more details

Central North Round 11: Narrabri beat Gunnedah 38 - 29

Mon 02nd Jul 2018

Matt Schwager is enjoying being back in Narrabri colours and helping unlock the potential of a young and talented backline.   An instrumental figure in the Blue Boars back to back premierships in 2014 and 2015, the former Australian schoolboy and NSW Country rep had last season off... more details

Central North Rugby: Gunnedah Red Devils set to meet Narrabri Blue Boars at Rugby Park

Fri 29th Jun 2018

Gunnnedah coach Jason Waerea has said it is “very important” the Red Devils rebound immediately from a last-start loss to Scone by beating Narrabri at home on Saturday. read more ......... more details

Central North Rugby: Youngsters shine for Pirates

Fri 29th Jun 2018

He might have scored a double on debut but Toby Maslen made arguably the most telling statement about what an immense talent he is late in Pirates’ clash with Quirindi on Saturday. read more ......... more details

Rugby Union: Representative honours for Farrer quartet

Thu 28th Jun 2018

Farrer’s Hagan Size, Logan Griffiths, Jock Tomlinson and James Roach will be showcasing their talents as the cream of junior and schools rugby talent in the state goes head to head in Sydney. read more ......... more details

Will McDonnell tours Japan with NSW Waratahs

Thu 28th Jun 2018

At the start of the season Will McDonnell’s goal was to cement a first grade spot at Sydney University.  Never did the Narrabri native imagine he would line up for the NSW Waratahs. read more ...... ... more details

Central North Rugby: Pirates unbeaten at Gunnedah gala day

Tue 26th Jun 2018

Pirates coach Andrew Bowden has been continually impressed by what his side has produced in the inaugural Central North women’s 7’s competition. read more ......... more details

Central North Rugby Round 10: Moree and Barraba/Gwydir notch victories

Mon 25th Jun 2018

Moree and Barraba/Gywdir both converted half-time leads into wins on Saturday to kick off the second round in winning fashion and maintain their top four footing. read more ......... more details

Central North Rugby Round 10: Walcha edge out Narrabri

Mon 25th Jun 2018

Walcha co-coach Barry Hoy believes the Rams aren’t too far away from the form that took them to last years grand final after they ground out a 21-13 win over Narrabri at Dangar Park on Saturday. read more ......... more details

Central North Rugby Round 10: Pirates thrash Quirindi

Mon 25th Jun 2018

Even the scoreboard had trouble keeping up with a rampant Pirates on a day where they reached a century, skipper Conrad Starr achieved another milestone and another troupe of youngsters celebrated their first grade debuts. read more ......... more details

Gunnedah Red Devils score a pair of wins in women's 7s competition and get set for gala day

Fri 22nd Jun 2018

When Gunnedah’s women’s rugby team came together for the 2018 Central North season, their goals were simple – improve, work together and be competitive. read more ......... more details

Ed Cordingley and Andrew Collins savour Country Cockatoos win

Tue 19th Jun 2018

Turning out for the NSW Country Cockatoos lived up to the expectations of Central North duo Ed Cordingley and Andrew Collins. read more ......... more details

Moree Weebolla Bulls defeat Narrabri Blue Boars in close rival match

Tue 19th Jun 2018

Moree Weebolla Bulls managed to just come out on top against arch rivals Narrabri Blue Boars following a close match at Dangar Park on Saturday. The packed ladies day crowd was on the edge of their seats during the first grade match as the two rival clubs battled it out in round nine of the C... more details

Highlanders defeat the Quirindi Lions at Rugby Park: GALLERY

Tue 19th Jun 2018

INVERELL Highlanders played their Round 9 match against the Quirindi Lions on Saturday afternoon and managed to come away with a 46-20 win, unfortunately one of very few for this season, but enough to get them off the bottom of the ladder. read more ......... more details

Pirates just beat Barraba-Gwydir in Central North Rugby

Mon 18th Jun 2018

The Pirates’ didn’t score one of their runaway wins that have become the norm this season, instead having to grind out a gutsy 33-27 win over Barraba-Gwydir. read more ......... more details

Rugby Union: Mick Snowden donates winnings to Pirates

Wed 06th Jun 2018

The Eastwood captain’s man of the match performance in their 32-29 Shute Shield win over fellow Pirate product Paddy Ryan’s unbeaten Sydney University side on Saturday earned the half-back $500, which he is donating to his former club. read more ......... more details

Central North Rugby: Narrabri beat Quirindi to post fifth win

Tue 05th Jun 2018

It is always one of the most highly-anticipated fixtures of the Central North season and Narrabri geared up for their clash with Moree with a 48-5 win over Quirindi at Quirindi on Saturday. read more ......... more details

New England Rugby Round 8: Tamworth downed by Robb 29-19

Mon 04th Jun 2018

Tamworth clawed their way back after a lacklustre first half to get within striking distance of Robb College on Saturday but again couldn’t quite get over the line as the students prevailed 29-19. read more ......... more details

Central North Rugby: Walcha, Gunnedah and Narrabri Round 8 winners

Mon 04th Jun 2018

Thor Crombie revelled in his switch from the backs to the forwards as Walcha snapped a three game losing run against Scone on Saturday. read more ......... more details

Conrad Starr nabs four tries in Pirates win over Inverell

Mon 04th Jun 2018

Just over a week ago, Pirates coach Mat Kelly made mention of captain Conrad Starr’s try-scoring dry spell, if you could call it that. read more ......... more details

Pirates Rugby Club: The much-loved Colin Easter is gone but his legacy lives on

Mon 04th Jun 2018

Colin Easter was a “gentle giant” who left an indelible mark on Pirates Rugby Club through his unswerving devotion to the Pirates cause. read more ......... more details

Rugby Union: Ben Goodman notches milestone

Fri 01st Jun 2018

The aches and pains might be lingering for a bit longer these days but Pirates prop Ben Goodman has no plans to hang up the boots just yet. read more ......... more details

Central North Rugby: Red Devils bracing for stern test

Fri 01st Jun 2018

Gunnedah will be looking to clip another Rams outfit when they tackle Barraba at Barraba on Saturday. read more ......... more details

Ed Cordingley and Andrew Coolins included in NSW Country Cockatoos team

Thu 31st May 2018

Heading into the NSW Country Championships last month, Walcha’s Ed Cordingley hadn’t even considered the prospect of earning a Cockatoos jersey. read more ......... more details

Narrabri’s sevens side beats Pirates

Thu 31st May 2018

The Tamworth Pirates arrived at Dangar Park on Saturday afternoon having won 10 times from as many attempts in the 2018 Central North Rugby Union Women’s Sevens season. read more ......,... more details

North West score back-to-back wins on day one of rugby carnival

Tue 29th May 2018

After a pair of wins on day one at the CHS Rugby Union Championships, North West are set for a tilt at the crown on day two. read more ......  ... more details

North West finish second at CHS Rugby Union Championships

Tue 29th May 2018

After three big days of physical rugby union, North West has just fallen short of a CHS Rugby Union Championships title. read more ......... more details

Moree and Barraba win Central North round seven clashes

Mon 28th May 2018

Moree and Barraba grafted out away wins on Saturday with the Bulls getting up 29-24 over Scone and the Rams edging out Inverell 22-20 in a tight and scrappy tussle. read more ......... more details

Central North Rugby Round 7: Pirates turn

Mon 28th May 2018

Pirates’ ability to rally under adversity again came to the fore at Dangar Park on Saturday as they overcame a man disadvantage, gritty Narrabri and a half-time deficit to beat the Blue Boars 40-27. read more ......... more details

Central North Rugby Round 7: Gunnedah down Walcha 27-19

Mon 28th May 2018

Gunnedah produced their best defensive performance of the season at Gunnedah on Saturday to pull off their best win of the season. read more ......... more details

New England Rugby Round 7: Tamworth topple Armidale 26-12

Mon 28th May 2018

The pieces of the puzzle finally fell into place for Tamworth on Saturday. read more ......... more details

Rugby Union: Three Central North players make Country under-16s squad

Wed 23rd May 2018

After kicking off their Country Championship campaigns under a cloud of fog, Central North’s under-15 and under-16 boys warmed up to the task at Bathurst on the weekend. read more ......... more details

Moree Bulls hold off Gunnedah Red Devils to win the Central North rugby union round six clash

Tue 22nd May 2018

Moree Bulls managed to just hold off a second-half surge by the Gunnedah Red Devils to secure their fifth victory of the 2018 Central North rugby union competition. read more ......... more details

Central North Rugby Round 6: Quirindi savour first win

Tue 22nd May 2018

Quirindi couldn’t have clinched their first win of the season in any more dramatic fashion on Saturday. read more ......... more details

Barbarians beat Tamworth 19-8 in New England Rugby Union clash

Mon 21st May 2018

Barbarians have taken the spoils in a low-scoring affair against Tamworth to score their first win of the New England Rugby Union season on Saturday. read more ......... more details

Central North Rugby: Nick Lyons enjoying move to Gunnedah

Mon 21st May 2018

Nick Lyons’ move to Gunnedah has proven a mutually beneficial one. read more ......... more details

Piper Rankmore enjoys rapid rise in rugby union after switch

Mon 21st May 2018

When Piper Rankmore made her first tackle for the Gunnedah Red Devils, she knew rugby union was the sport for her. read more ......... more details

Qurindi coach Will Pearce impressed with youngsters

Thu 17th May 2018

It’s been a tough start - to say the least - to the season for Quirindi but coach Will Pearce can see some light at the end of the tunnel. A string of heavy defeats has tested the Lions’ spirit and the resilience of a club struggling for players, ... more details

Central North perform strongly at Armidale Country Championships

Tue 15th May 2018

Central North under-13s’ attacking mentality served them well in Armidale on the weekend, almost delivering them a NSW Country title. read more ......... more details

Pictures from the NSW Country junior rugby union championships

Tue 15th May 2018

It may be the smallest zone in Country rugby but New England put on a dominant display at the NSW County junior rugby union championships at the weekend.  read more ......... more details

Results: Central North Round 5

Tue 15th May 2018

Central North results - round 5 read more ......... more details

Central North Rugby: Moree pip Walcha 32 - 30

Sun 13th May 2018

Moree coach Peter Copeman and his Walcha counterpart Barry Hoy were unanimous about what got the Bulls the points in their clash at Walcha on Saturday – their defence.  read more ......... more details

Central North Rugby: Gunnedah defeat Lions

Sun 13th May 2018

Two 50m efforts in the space of a couple of minutes exemplified a scintillating second half from Gunnedah as they trounced Quirindi at Gunnedah Rugby Park on Saturday. read more ......... more details

New England Rugby: Tamworth beaten by Albies 8 - 7

Sun 13th May 2018

If there was some solace for Tamworth coach Peter Burke and his charges after Saturday’s 8-7 loss to St Alberts, it was that they are getting closer to their first win. read more ......... more details

Pirates overcome Gunnedah in Central North women's 7s

Wed 09th May 2018

Pirates and Inverell continue to lead the way in the inaugural Central North women’s competition with both sides posting two wins in the latest round on Saturday. read more ......... more details

Rugby union: NSW Country junior championships to be staged at Sport UNE

Wed 09th May 2018

Some 600 of the state’s top young rugby players are set to collide in Armidale this weekend for NSW Country Rugby Union’s junior championships.  read more ......... more details

Central North under-15 girls win Country Championships

Tue 08th May 2018

They’ve been crowned the best in the Country, and now Central North’s victorious under-15 girls are preparing to test themselves against the best sides in the state. read more ......... more details

Rugby Union: Piper Rankmore named best back

Tue 08th May 2018

She might be a relative rugby novice but Piper Rankmore is already catching selectors’ eyes. read more ......... more details

Central North Rugby Round 4: Walcha and Scone victorious

Sun 06th May 2018

Ed Cordingley celebrated his Country training squad selection with a hat-trick as Walcha rebounded from their last round loss in emphatic fashion at Quirindi on Saturday. read more ......... more details

Central North Rugby: Pirates defeat Gunnedah 50-15

Sun 06th May 2018

Pirates coach Mat Kelly could again only marvel at his side’s ability to make a tough game look comfortable after they accounted for a tenacious Gunnedah on Saturday. read more ......... more details

Walcha's Ed Cordingley shocked by Country call up

Sat 05th May 2018

Walcha outside centre Ed Cordingley received a big but pleasant surprise on Wednesday night. read more ......... more details

Country Championships: Central North sends three sides to Central Coast

Fri 04th May 2018

Central North’s first-ever under-15 and under-17 girls and open boys sides are on the Country Championship trail on the Central Coast this weekend, as the Kookaburras kick-off the representative season. read more ......... more details

Rugby Union: Northern talents named in Country Cockatoos and Colts squads

Fri 04th May 2018

Andrew Collins headed to last weekend’s Country Championships in Warren with a couple of aspirations. One was to lead the North West Bushrangers to the Richardson Shield. That didn’t quite come to fruition but the Pirates prop is a step closer to realising his other – ... more details

Central North Rugby: Gunnedah gear up to tackle Pirates

Fri 04th May 2018

Gunnedah are preparing for a huge test against defending premiers Pirates in Tamworth on Saturday. read more ......... more details

Young Boars relishing opportunity

Fri 04th May 2018

Junior rugby union players in Narrabri and the wider Central North region will compete in a new-look competition this year, and its benefits are already evident. The Narrabri under-14s side will play in a nine-team Friday night competition. read more ......... more details

McClure, Robinson and Nott help sides to top-three places

Thu 03rd May 2018

Three local rugby sevens players travelled to Warren last weekend, where they competed at the NSW Country Championships Women’s Rugby Sevens tournament. Daisy Robinson lined up for Mid North Coast, which placed second after going down in the grand final. Abby McClure and Lauren Nott competed... more details

Central North women finish third at NSW Country Rugby Union Championships

Mon 30th Apr 2018

Central North women’s coach Dale Beattie was “stoked” by his sides effort at the weekend’s women’s sevens Country Championships and will be hoping they can build on that when they play in Newcastle on Sunday. read more ......... more details

NSW Country Rugby Union Championships: Hopes high for Central North women

Fri 27th Apr 2018

The Central North women’s side is primed to give this weekend’s Country Championships a real shake. The Kookaburras go into the Warren tournament with the best-prepared and strongest squad they have assembled, and one that coach Dale Beattie believes can at least re... more details

NSW Country Rugby Union Championships: Everything you need to know

Fri 27th Apr 2018

It’s full steam ahead for this weekend’s NSW Country Rugby Union Championships at Warren, the first time the Western Plains zone has hosted country week in its 65-year history. read more ......... more details

Brendan Rixon breaks arm during Pirates win over Walcha in Central North Rugby Union clash

Tue 24th Apr 2018

Tough is a word that keeps popping up as Pirates coach Mat Kelly talks about Saturday’s grand final rematch. The word comes up not only when talking about the 41-19 win against Walcha – who Kelly said would be Pirates toughest opposition this season – but also the ... more details

Weebola Bulls beat Quirindi in third game of season

Tue 24th Apr 2018

The Moree Bulls walked away from round three of the 2018 Central North rugby union competition victors after a runaway win against Quirindi on Saturday. “I would’ve been disappointed if we didn’t beat Quirindi. The team was struggling,” coach Peter Copeman said. ... more details

Central North Rugby: Gunnedah victorious over Inverell 34-22

Sun 22nd Apr 2018

Gunnedah took their foot off the accelerator early in the second half but managed to hold out a resurgent Inverell and notch their first win for the season on Saturday. read more ......... more details

Central North Rugby: Pirates, Narrabri, Gunnedah and Moree notch Round three wins

Sun 22nd Apr 2018

The third round of the Central North competition threw up a mix of big wins and close encounters, and saw Pirates stamp their authority on the competition. read more ......... more details

New England Rugby: Robb College hold on to beat Tamworth 20-18

Sun 22nd Apr 2018

Lachie Ennis embodied the term ‘super sub’ as Tamworth almost snatched a draw in their New England clash with Robb College on Saturday. read more ......... more details

Central North Rugby: Pirates and Walcha set for grand final rematch

Fri 20th Apr 2018

Quirindi and Moree might hold a different opinion but Pirates coach Mat Kelly says the Central North premiers are “still very rusty”. Hard to fathom when they have racked up almost 150 points in their opening two games, but Kelly knows what his side is capable of. read more ........ more details

Kath Little reflects on "wonderful" Commonwealth Games experience

Thu 19th Apr 2018

Few can say they were as close to the action for the Australian women’s rugby sevens sides heart-breaking Commonwealth Games finals loss to New Zealand as Kath Little. read more ......... more details

TAS Carnival: Tamworth Tri Colours win in Division 5

Thu 19th Apr 2018

Tamworth Tri Colours Junior Rugby Club under-12s made a winning start to their season on the weekend, taking out Division 5 at the annual TAS carnival. read more ......... more details

Moree Junior Bulls meet Wallabies coach Michael Cheika at The Armidale School rugby carnival

Thu 19th Apr 2018

Moree junior Bulls players had the chance to rub shoulders with Wallabies coach Michael Cheika when they took part in The Armidale School's annual rugby carnival on the weekend. read more ......... more details

Highlanders see mixed results at Ladies Day clash against Walcha

Thu 19th Apr 2018

Ladies Day at Rugby Park brought mixed results for the Inverell Highlanders, hosting Walcha and Tamworth. Highlanders ladies sevens kicked off the big day versing Tamworth Pirates. Playing twice, the ladies were narrowly defeated both times. read more ...... ... more details

Gunnedah Red Devils draw 10-all with Narrabri in second round of Central North Rugby Union

Wed 18th Apr 2018

The Gunnedah Red Devils have shared the points in their Central North Rugby Union opener against Narrabri at Dangar Park. After having the bye in the opening round of the competition, the Red Devils were made to work in round two. read more ...... ... more details

Moree Junior Bulls meet Wallabies coach Michael Cheika at The Armidale School rugby carnival

Tue 17th Apr 2018

Moree junior Bulls players had the chance to rub shoulders with Wallabies coach Michael Cheika when they took part in The Armidale School's annual rugby carnival on the weekend. read more ......... more details

Women’s sevens side scores a round one win

Tue 17th Apr 2018

The Narrabri Blue Boars women’s rugby sevens side played its first games of the 2018 Central North Rugby Union season on Saturday. read more ......... more details

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika drops into TAS junior rugby carnival

Mon 16th Apr 2018

Teams from all over the country made their way to The Armidale School’s rugby fields to tackle the 14th annual junior carnival.  Forty-four teams from Western Australia, Queensland and NSW ducked, weaved, collided and showed plenty of skill across five divisions at the carniva... more details

Central North rugby: Pirates beat Moree Bulls 53-14 at Chillingworth Oval

Mon 16th Apr 2018

Pirates extended their winning sequence to 24 games in a 53-14 home defeat of Moree on Saturday – a clash also notable for Pirates wrecking ball Andrew Moodie trying to alter the DNA of Bulls players and Simon Trappel equalling the record for most caps at the Tamworth club. read more ...... more details

Women’s sevens side scores a round one win

Fri 13th Apr 2018

The Narrabri Blue Boars women’s rugby sevens side played its first games of the 2018 Central North Rugby Union season on Saturday. At a gala day at Chillingworth Oval, the home of CNRU club Pirates in Tamworth, Narrabri played four 14-minute matches. It won one of those in a convincing manne... more details

Girls start season in style

Fri 13th Apr 2018

A new and exciting addition to the Narrabri Blue Boars Rugby Club is the introduction of a women’s sevens side. During pre-season the team has seen about 13 players train to prepare for the coming season, which begins this weekend in Tamworth. Narrabri recently got an early taste for what th... more details

Kesbys volunteer at 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

Thu 12th Apr 2018

Self-described rugby tragics Prue and Mark Kesby will get to see the rugby sevens at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games “in a different way”. The Gunnedah residents are volunteering at the Commonwealth Games as a way to support rugby union. read more ...... ... more details

Central North rugby: Red Devils 'benefit' from new strength and conditioning program

Thu 12th Apr 2018

The Gunnedah Red Devils took on a new strength and conditioning program during the pre-season and club captain Matt Roseby says it’s working wonders. read more ......... more details

The Armidale School's annual rugby union carnival is set for action

Thu 12th Apr 2018

THE fields are marked, the tents are up and the draw is done for the largest under 12s rugby carnival in Australia, to be staged by The Armidale School this weekend. read more ......... more details

Moree Weebolla Bulls defeat Inverell Highlanders in round one of Central North rugby union competition

Wed 11th Apr 2018

Moree’s mighty Weebolla Bulls have kicked off their 2018 season in fine form, fiercely defeating the Inverell Highlanders in an emotional round one clash. read more ......... more details

Walcha Rams blitz Narrabri in round one.

Tue 10th Apr 2018

The 2018 rugby season opener was set under a glorious autumn day in Walcha with the Narrabri Blue Boars travelling almost the same distance as the Rams to meet at John Oxley Oval.  read more ......... more details

New England rugby: St Albert's College down Tamworth 42-5

Sun 08th Apr 2018

Tamworth have dipped their toe into New England rugby but not with the desired result, after reigning premiers St Albert’s College spoiled the Magpies’ debut in the zone with a 42-5 win at Rugby Park on Saturday. read more ......... more details

Central North Rugby: Pirates look to extend unbeaten run to 25 games in season opener against Quirindi

Sun 08th Apr 2018

There is a familiarity about Pirates this season that would not have gone unnoticed by rival sides. And it is why they will commence their 2018 campaign away to Quirindi on Saturday as the overwhelming favourites to win three straight premierships. read more ......... more details

Walcha Rams

Thu 29th Mar 2018

Walcha's heartbreaking grand final loss to Pirates last year hasn't dampened their hopes for the upcoming season. The little team from the little town hopes they can continue to improve, and take the final step to the premiership. read more ......... more details

Rugby Union: North West Bushrangers looking strong for Country Championships tilt

Thu 29th Mar 2018

North West Bushrangers coach Andrew Collins is excited about the combined Central North-New England sides prospects at next month’s NSW Country Championships in Warren. read more ......... more details

Rugby union: Red Devils women hit the field

Thu 29th Mar 2018

After years on the sidelines watching partner, and now husband, Lincoln play, when the opportunity to form a womens rugby side came up Sarah Stewart jumped at it. read more ......... more details

Rugby Union: Central North holds women's gala day

Wed 28th Mar 2018

The Central North women’s 7’s competition is starting to build some momentum with the zone hosting a gala day at Barraba on the weekend. The day drew teams from Inverell, Scone, Pirates, Gunnedah and Narrabri, and also served as the regional trial for the representative ... more details

Bumblebees secure win in first game

Wed 28th Mar 2018

All the buzz in Tenterfield’s sporting landscape lately has centred around the newly-formed Tenterfield Bumblebees rugby union club.  read more ......... more details

Central North Rugby: Pirates finish preparations for title defence on a winning note

Wed 28th Mar 2018

It was one of their most valuable assets last season and on the evidence of Saturday’s trial against the Dubbo Kangaroos, Pirates’ scrum again looks like being a real weapon. read more ......... more details

U/12 Rugby team trumps Tah's Local Sevens gala day

Wed 28th Mar 2018

ST Philomena’s School Moree will stake their claim for victory at the regional round of rugby union, after trumping Tah’s Local Sevens Gala Day last Thursday. read more ......... more details

New England and Central North referee earns Games call-up

Fri 23rd Mar 2018

Kath Little has refereed at some of Australia’s top-level rugby union tournaments and will now have the chance to represent the country on the international stage after being selected to officiate at the Commonwealth Games next month.  read more ......... more details

Six teams set to compete at annual Croppa Creek Crows Gala Day this Saturday

Fri 23rd Mar 2018

Croppa Creek is expected to more than double in size this Saturday when the small community hosts their annual Croppa Creek Crows Gala Day. The Crows will battle it out at Crow Park with Moree Weebolla Bulls, Robb College, Gwydir River Rats, Warialda Wasps and the Moree Barbarians for a ... more details

Moree Weebolla Bulls go down to Goondiwindi Emus in trial match

Fri 23rd Mar 2018

Moree Weebolla Bulls had their first hit-out ahead of the 2018 season on Saturday, facing off against the Goondiwindi Emus for their annual trial match. read more ......... more details

Rugby Union: Highlander men and women impress at Armidale tournament

Fri 23rd Mar 2018

The Highlanders were a real presence at the Armidale Seven-A-Side rugby tournament last Saturday. Inverell teams were fielded in both the Men's and Women's draw with both sides undefeated through the rounds and knockout finals to vie for the top prize.  read more ......... more details

Rugby Union: Mick Snowden celebrates his Waratahs debut with win over his former side

Thu 22nd Mar 2018

Mick Snowden wrote another chapter in a rugby journey that has taken him from Tamworth, to Sydney, to Perth, Melbourne and now back to Sydney when he made what he described as “a return to super rugby out of nowhere” on Sunday. read more ......... more details

Highlanders' women's team through to the finals

Wed 21st Mar 2018

INVERELL Highlanders fielded teams in both the Women’s and Men’s draw at the Armidale 7-aside Rugby Tournament on Saturday and both were a real presence as they went undefeated through to vie for the top prize. read more ......... more details

Rugby Union: Walcha win Wicklow Hotel 7s and fire early warning shot

Mon 19th Mar 2018

They’re known for their razzle dazzle and Walcha showed plenty on their way to The Wicklow Hotel 7s spoils on Saturday. read more ......... more details

Duncan Pinfold takes over Scone Brumbies' reins from Bob Davidson

Sat 10th Mar 2018

TWO legends of the game will help kick-start the Scone Brumbies season in the Central North Rugby Union (CNRU) competition this month. Former Australian Test stars Jim Williams and Gary Ella, who collectively boast 20 appearances in the “green and gold”, are the guest speakers at ... more details

Rugby union: Pirates confident end of rivalry with Tamworth temporary

Sat 03rd Mar 2018

Pirates president Stuart Prowse has spoken about his disappointment over Tamworth’s decision to join the New England competition – but told the club they “can’t hide from us forever”. read more ......... more details

Rugby Union: New junior competition kicking goals

Fri 02nd Mar 2018

It is still in its formative stages but Central North Junior Rugby Union president Renee Park said the new North West Junior Rugby Regional Youth Bridging Competition is shaping up well. read more ......... more details

Rugby Union: Renee Park no longer just "a very enthusiastic mum"

Fri 02nd Mar 2018

Renee Park admits she loves a challenge. And she has certainly got one ahead of her as the new Central North Junior Rugby Union president. read more ......... more details

Rugby Union: No laughing matter for Kookaburras

Fri 23rd Feb 2018

Central North’s Cockatoos hopefuls will have to find another avenue to Country selection with the Kookaburras to be conspicuously absent from this year’s Country Championships. read more ......... more details

Joint competition delayed but New England "positive" about season

Fri 16th Feb 2018

The New England and Central North Rugby Union governing bodies have hit pause on plans to form a joint competition for 2018. The Zone organisations met on Sunday to discuss draw options for the upcoming season only to be halted with both parties and clubs concerned failing to come to an ... more details

Rugby union: Moree Weebolla Bulls begin pre-season training excited about upcoming season

Thu 01st Feb 2018

Pre-season for the Moree Weebolla Bulls got off to a fast pace when they took a team to Darwin to compete in the 2018 Hottest Sevens in the World tournament. read more ........ more details

Rugby Union: Pirates prepare to hit the training paddock.

Tue 30th Jan 2018

It’s arguably the biggest challenge for a coach when your side is on top, but Pirates mentor Mat Kelly isn’t worried about motivation being an issue for his all-conquering outfit. read more ......... more details

Rugby Union: Draw for new competition set to be released soon

Thu 18th Jan 2018

A dedicated derby round will be one of the enticing features of the new combined Central North-New England competition. After the two zones decided to adopt a 14 team one round format in favour of a conference structure, all that remains now is for the draw to be finalised. read more ..... more details