Local Newspaper Stories

Links to local newspaper articles featuring news for CNRU.

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