TV News Highlights

New England Rugby happy to merge

Fri 24th Nov 2017

New England Rugby Union has welcomed Tenterfield back into the fold for the first time in over 20 years. But what does that mean for Central North? view video .......... more details

New future for rugby in the region

Thu 09th Nov 2017

Central North Rugby Union will be tossed on its head in 2018. The proposed changes have long been discussed but this is the closest it has come to being an option. view video ......... more details

RUGBY NOVICES EARN NSW SPOTS

Wed 01st Nov 2017

The sky blue jersey of New South Wales is calling two young Tamworth girls, selected in the state’s Under 17s rugby sevens squad.   Miah O’Sullivan and Phoebe McLoughlin have rapidly risen though the ranks of the sport, having only played for a year. view video ......... more details

NORTH WEST RUGBY 7S PLAYERS IMPRESS STATE SELECTORS

Wed 01st Nov 2017

Moree Rugby 7s player Claudia Bell and Warialda local Rhiannon Byers have impressed state selectors.   Announced as part of the initial New South Wales open women’s team to contest next month’s National Championships. view video ......... more details

CENTRAL NORTH OUT OF INTERNATIONAL SEVENS

Mon 30th Oct 2017

Central North are out of the Central Coast International Sevens rugby tournament, after going down to Sydney University in today’s semi final.   It was looking like a good first half for the locals… Rhiannon Byers snatching up first points in the second minute. watch video ........ more details

CENTRAL NORTH FACING THE BEST

Fri 27th Oct 2017

Central North will take on some of the world’s best womens rugby players this weekend, at the Central Coast International Sevens tournament.   The Kookaburras have been drawn to play the national side, and University Series champions’ the University of Queensland. view video ....... more details

The best of the best in rugby 7's

Fri 27th Oct 2017

The Central North is sending three teams to one of the biggest domestic rugby 7's competitions in the world. Our open women's team will have it tough, facing the Olympic champions in their pool matches. view video ......... more details

BLUE CARD TRIALLED AT NICK TOOTH MEMORIAL RUGBY TENS

Sun 08th Oct 2017

Over 300 people gathered in Quirindi today, for a rugby tournament to celebrate the life of Nick Tooth.   Today’s matches – a chance to promote a new tool, implemented to ensure players suffering from a concussion, receive proper treatment. view video ......... more details

Rugby 7's growth

Tue 03rd Oct 2017

Short of the professionals, the Central Coast 7's is considered the toughest rugby competition in Australia. The Central North is sending three teams to test their abilities against some of the best in the world. view video ......... more details

EAGLES TAKE OFF

Tue 26th Sep 2017

New South Wales Country is finally among the National Rugby Championship winners list. view video ......... more details

WARIALDA TEEN TURNS MATCH WINNER

Fri 15th Sep 2017

UNE finished seventh at the second National University Sevens Rugby Series tournament, after only being left with 10 players for the final day. Alicia Quirk suffered a hamstring injury on Saturday, while two more players left to play a local League Tag grand final. watch video ......... more details

Fallen Pirate remembered on the field

Thu 07th Sep 2017

A new memorial rugby union tournament will be played in honour of Jack Cutcliffe, a Pirates junior who passed away this year. Sydney club Eastwood have gotten involved in what is hoped will develop another pathway to the top for our local juniors. view video ......... more details

NEW CONCUSSION RULES COMING INTO PLAY

Thu 07th Sep 2017

After successful trials in Newcastle and Canberra, rugby union’s blue card for concussion will come to the North West in time for next season. It’s designed to ensure people don’t continue playing after suffering a head knock. view video ......... more details

PIRATES TAKE BACK TO BACK PREMIERSHIP WINS

Sun 03rd Sep 2017

The Pirates have plenty to celebrate, after winning the Central North Rugby crown… and making it through the entire season, unbeaten. But Walcha still put some heat on in yesterday’s decider – only going down 40 to 39. view video ......... more details

CENTRAL NORTH TITLE UP FOR GRABS

Fri 01st Sep 2017

The Pirates are gunning for their second straight Central North Rugby premiership on Saturday. They go into the match with an undefeated 2017 record, but are wary of Walcha’s fully stocked offensive arsenal. view video ......... more details

In charge of the big dance

Fri 01st Sep 2017

The referees have been named for this weekend's Central North Rugby Union grand final. Kath Little returns for the main dance after controlling the University Women's 7's carnival in Tasmania. view video ......... more details

RAMS FLOCK TO GRAND FINAL

Mon 28th Aug 2017

Walcha will get a chance for redemption against the Pirates, in next week’s Central North Rugby decider. The Rams earning another crack at the defending premiers and a shot at the title after running in four tries against Gunnedah in the preliminary final. view video ......... more details

SECOND GRAND FINAL SPOT UP FOR GRABS

Fri 25th Aug 2017

The Pirates will learn their Central North Rugby grand final opponent this weekend. Walcha is hoping to bounce back from a loss, while the Red Devils are seeking to continue their giant-killing run. view video ......... more details

THE EAGLE HAS LANDED AT UNE

Thu 24th Aug 2017

The New South Wales Country Eagles are living up to their name this season, bringing all home games to regional areas. While a new partnership with the University of New England is delivering a National Rugby Championship match to Armidale for the first time. view video ......... more details

Pirates score home Central North Rugby Union grand final

Tue 22nd Aug 2017

Tamworth Pirates have stolen a win and the right to host the Central North Rugby Union grand final. It's now do or die for Walcha, with an injury cloud over several key players. view video ......... more details

PIRATES FIGHT BACK

Sun 20th Aug 2017

The Pirates are planning another raid on the Central North Rugby premiership, following yesterday’s major semi final victory. They did it the hard way though, after conceding two tries in the opening 20 minutes. read more ...... ... more details

COMPETITIONS TOP TWO COMPETE FOR MAJOR REWARD

Fri 18th Aug 2017

In the weekend’s Central North Rugby, Gunnedah and Narrabri face another sudden death match this week. While grand final hosting rights are up for grabs in Tamworth, with the Pirates taking on Walcha. view video ......... more details

Albies defend title

Tue 15th Aug 2017

The age old rivalry between two university colleges was played out in spectacular fashion. Robb College and St Alberts went head to head in the New England Rugby Union grand final. view video ......... more details

CENTRAL NORTH DOWN TO BUSINESS END

Fri 11th Aug 2017

Central North Rugby’s finals series gets underway tomorrow, with a north west derby in Moree. The Bulls host Narrabri, who scraped into the playoffs as the top side from tier two. While the winner will take on the Pirates or Walcha next week, the loser’s season will be over. to view v... more details

NEW ENGLAND RUGBY DO-OR-DIE

Sat 05th Aug 2017

After stumbling in last week’s major semi final, Robb College hopes to bounce back tomorrow at Belle Vue. The students take on the Barbarians, who have won five of their last six matches. It’s an identical match up to this time last year, which saw the Baa-Baas progress to the decider.... more details

English tour North West

Fri 28th Jul 2017

A big week for Tamworth's Calrossy School as they host a school from England in some sporting endeavours. view video ......... more details

CARTER PACKS BAGS FOR WALLABIES CAMP

Fri 28th Jul 2017

Quirindi rugby product Sam Carter is among seven ACT players to earn call ups to the Wallabies squad. Impressive form in leading the Brumbies to the Super Rugby semi-finals earning his selection. view video ......... more details

FINALS TIME IN NEW ENGLAND RUGBY

Fri 28th Jul 2017

The New England rugby union begins its finals series this weekend. The Ghost Stags make their finals debut at Alcatraz, while Belle Vue hosts a College rivalry. view video ......... more details

RYAN TO CAPTAIN COUNTRY EAGLES AGAIN

Wed 19th Jul 2017

Tamworth Rugby product Paddy Ryan is set to captain the New South Wales Country Eagles in the 20-17 National Rugby Championships. It’s will be the second season in a row Ryan has led the side. view video ......... more details

Walcha too good for Gunnedah in CNRU

Mon 17th Jul 2017

Walcha is surging towards a finals birth in Central North Rugby Union after a tough win over Gunnedah. The Red Devils were unable to counter a determined Rams back line. view video ......... more details

UNE LIONS FALL SHORT AGAINST UQ IN WOMEN’S RUGBY 7s

Sun 16th Jul 2017

The UNE Lions couldn’t hold off the University of Queensland in the women’s rugby 7s comp in Armidale today.   The home side put up a strong fight, against the competition favourites – but they lived up to their reputation, winning 19 points to 7. view video ......... more details

Pirates take down Scone

Thu 13th Jul 2017

It was a weekend of tough rugby as Central North split into two tiers. Scone made it clear they're not going to let any team stampede into the finals in after a physical match against the ladder leading Pirates. view video ......... more details

Grassroots rugby stronger than ever

Thu 13th Jul 2017

The future of rugby union is in good hands as kids from around the region developed their skills at a three day camp. Their hard work was rewarded today, with a visit from two rugby stars. watch video ......... more details

Competition splits

Tue 04th Jul 2017

A last round upset sees Narrabri in the second tier of the Central North Rugby Union. The Pirates maintained their dominance, progressing through the first stage of the competition underfeated. view video ......... more details

QUIRINDI POWERS TO ANOTHER WIN

Mon 03rd Jul 2017

Quirindi showed grit and determination, in defeating a desperate Magpies outfit looking for their first Central North Rugby win of the year.   The Lions hope the victory is the start of a surge towards the finals, similar to last season. view video ......... more details

EXPANSION ALREADY ON THE CARDS

Sun 02nd Jul 2017

In women’s rugby, the breakout success of local sevens has Central North Rugby already considering ways to improve the competition in 2018. read more ......... more details

WARIALDA HIGH CLAIMS NSW ALL SCHOOLS RUGBY 7s TITLE

Thu 29th Jun 2017

Warialda High School’s Open girls rugby 7’s team has returned home as state all-schools champions. The side went one better than last year to claim the title, downing Matraville Sports High 36-nil. view video ......... more details

Pirates aim to finish off Blue Boars

Sat 24th Jun 2017

The Central North Rugby Union re-visits its grand final this weekend but it isn't expected to be a close encounter. The fight for the top tier continues to excite though, with second to seventh the tightest it has been in years.   view video ......... more details

HIGHLANDERS SLAY BLUE BOARS

Sun 18th Jun 2017

Inverell and Narrabri played out a Central North Rugby thriller yesterday afternoon, with 96 points scored between them. The Highlanders snuck home, keeping them in touch of the top five. view video ......... more details

Narrabri fight on

Fri 16th Jun 2017

Not even a rebuilding season can keep Narrabri out of contention as one of the top teams in the Central North Rugby Union. There's been a huge turnover in players from 2016 - but they're still competitive with high ambitions for the finals. view video ......... more details

CARTER TAKES PLACE IN SECOND ROW AGAIN

Fri 16th Jun 2017

Quirindi’s Sam Carter is set to play consecutive Tests for the first time since 2014, this Saturday. Following a strong showing in last week’s win over Fiji, the second rower has retained his spot for the clash with Scotland. It’ll be his 15th appearance in gold. view video ....... more details

Pirates cut clear

Tue 06th Jun 2017

The top of the table clash in the Central North Rugby Union failed to deliver. Walcha, missing some key players was unable to hold out the defending premiers as the Pirates assert their dominance on the competition. view video ......... more details

WARIALDA EYEING STATE CROWN

Sun 04th Jun 2017

Warialda High School’s all-conquering girls rugby union side is looking to be the best team in New South Wales.   Having already made it through the north west region undefeated, the Jammers have redemption on their mind. view video ......... more details

Pirates bury Magpies

Tue 30th May 2017

Pirates are keeping the pressure on in Central North Rugby, as they build for most anticipated game of the season. They treated the Magpies like they were flies, swatting them aside to run in 14 unanswered tries. view video ......... more details

PIRATES PILLAGE TAMWORTH RIVALS

Mon 29th May 2017

Following the passing of two club stalwarts, the Pirates ended a tough week with an 84-6 thrashing of their cross-town rivals.   The Tamworth Magpies having no answer to the defending champions assault, conceding 15 tries.    view video ......      ... more details

ARU backs the bush

Thu 25th May 2017

Rugby Union is on the slide in many aspects but the Australian Rugby CEO is committed to boosting funding for country New South Wales. Local organisers say they need more than just money to bring back interest in rugby. view video ......... more details

NARRABRI CLIP MAGPIES WINGS

Sun 21st May 2017

The Tamworth Magpies search for their first Central North Rugby win of 2017 will continue next week, after falling to Narrabri.   After conceding three tries in the opening 25 minutes, the hosts never recovered. read more ......... more details

PIRATES TAKE ADVANTAGE OF FAST-PACED START

Mon 15th May 2017

In Central North Rugby’s round three, Gunnedah rack up 50 points against the Magpies.   Barraba and Narrabri both also posted strong wins. Walcha remained undefeated against Inverell, while the Pirates defeated Moree. view video ......... more details

TAS WIN BATTLE OF THE BOARDERS

Mon 15th May 2017

The Armidale School took back the Dick Hodgson Shield late yesterday afternoon, claiming bragging rights against Tamworth’s Farrer. Played across seven different sports, TAS emerged on top in rugby union, football and debating. The Agricultural boys managed to get the upper hand in basketbal... more details

LOCALS ON THE ROAD TO COCKATOOS JERSEY

Mon 08th May 2017

The two men’s New South Wales Country rugby sides were unveiled last night, with Moree’s Josh Walker the only local in the Under 19s. Jack Arthur is representing the New England in the seniors, and he’s joined by Central North centres, Simon Newton and Pat Keen. view video ......... more details

Scone build for big season

Tue 25th Apr 2017

Some blow-out scores and one draw opened the season for the Central North Rugby Union. Scone proved they shouldn't be underestimated in their 50th year. view video ......... more details

WOMENS SEVENS TAKES OFF

Mon 24th Apr 2017

Central North Rugby’s plan to develop local women’s talent came to fruition in Tamworth today, with the debut of junior and senior competitions.   Already Inverell looks like the club to beat, winning both of its early matches. view video ......... more details

GUNNEDAH AND MOREE CAN’T BE SPLIT

Sun 23rd Apr 2017

There were many sore bodies in Gunnedah and Moree this morning, after yesterday’s hard fought draw in the first round of Central North Rugby.   view video ......... more details

Rugby returns

Fri 21st Apr 2017

Pre-seasons done and the Central North Rugby Union is ready to hit full swing this weekend. Will the dominant Pirates be able to hold onto their loot or will a dark horse from down South be able to upset them? view video ......... more details

Waratah stars in Tamworth

Thu 20th Apr 2017

The link between bush and beach is strengthening as the Waratahs continue to send players regionally to help train the next generation. It's mid-season for Super Rugby but the Tahs are willing to show their commitment to the country players. to view video click here ......... more details

WOMEN TAKE TO THE FIELD FOR CENTRAL NORTH RUGBY 7S

Thu 20th Apr 2017

The Central North Rugby season will kick off this weekend, with a new set of players hitting the field. Women from around the region will pull on their jerseys and play in the inaugural Central North sevens competition.   to view video click here ......... more details

TAHS PLAYERS PUTS YOUNG RUGBY STARS THROUGH THEIR PACES

Thu 20th Apr 2017

Young rugby players from across the region have spent the day fine tuning their skills under the guidance of one of the country’s best.   to view video click here ......... more details

Women look forwards

Wed 29th Mar 2017

A tough hit out for our rugby girls in the New South Wales Women's Country Championships. Two girls have been rewarded with higher honours as the young squad builds for future competitions. view video ......... more details

CENTRAL NORTH DUO EARN CORELLAS CALL UP

Mon 27th Mar 2017

Despite not registering a win at yesterday’s New South Wales Country Women’s Rugby Championships in Forster, two Central North players earned higher honours. Hooker Ellie Fordyce retained her Corellas jersey, while Rhiannon Byers impressed at inside centre. view video ......... more details

PREPARATIONS CONTINUE FOR COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS

Mon 27th Mar 2017

Central North’s mens side completed its preparation for next month’s Country Championships, with a seven-point win over the Mid North Coast in Coffs Harbour overnight. The victory building confidence in the Kookaburras squad. view video ......... more details

NEW LEADER WITHIN QUIRINDI’S PRIDE

Tue 14th Mar 2017

Ben Wilkes will have a new coaching partner at the helm of the Quirindi Lions, after Nick Rees stepped down. 2016’s player of the year, Toby Simkin, is picking up the clipboard. view video ......... more details

CNRU SEASON EDGING CLOSER

Tue 28th Feb 2017

A weekend meeting has seen the Central North Rugby draw finalised for the first half of the season. The committee says clubs have finally agreed the tiered system is the way forward for the competition. view video ......... more details

BARBARIANS APPOINT FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT

Wed 01st Feb 2017

In what’s believed to be a first for the region, a senior rugby club has appointed a female president. Tracey Dooner faces the unenviable task of overseeing Armidale’s Barbarians, as they look to continue a stellar run. view video ......... more details

INTEREST IN WOMENS RUGBY GROWS WITHIN BARBARIANS CLUB

Mon 30th Jan 2017

While the Central North zone gears up for its first women’s sevens rugby season, players in the New England are ready to return for a second. The Barbettes ready to turn around last year’s grand final defeat. view video ......... more details

RUGBY PLAYERS FLOOD IN TO ARMIDALE

Thu 19th Jan 2017

More than 250 young players took to the SportUNE fields today, for the 18th edition of Armidale’s National Rugby Camp. One former participant returning as coach for the first time. view video ......... more details

National Rugby Camp

Thu 12th Jan 2017

In terms of rugby camps it's one of the biggest in Australia. The National Rugby Camp returns to Armidale this weekend with the kids ready to ignore the soaring temperatures. view video ......... more details