The Emerging Schools Foundation Rugby have generated 11 competitions from Wagga Wagga in Southern Inland to Mackay in Queensland.
In 2022 we will see new competitions in Western Plains NSW and North Queensland.
Sunshine Coast Emerging Schools CupSunshine Coast
Each participating school is partnered with a local Junior Rugby Club to provide a direct link to a playing future for potential players. The competition is for boys under 14 to promote entry into under 15 teams in the local Club competition the following year.
Steve Merrick CupNewcastle and Hunter Region
The 10-a-side round robin tournament for year-10 students has been hailed a major success by the NHRU. The 2020 competition was prevented from commencing due to COVID-19 but was to expand from from 8 schools to 10 schools and gala ‘game days’ hosted at school grounds to enable school/friends interaction on game day.
Moreton Bay Super 6 Rugby CupMoreton Bay
The 2018 program was a Pilot for the eventual Emerging Schools program which lead into a further 3 years of competitive rugby for 6 schools in the Moreton Bay Region. All the schools were new to Rugby, some had played 7s tournaments but none have participated in 15’s recently. There are four local clubs in the area that are aligned to the schools. They have pledged their resources to the competition.
Gold Coast Super SchoolsGold Coast
The Gold Coast Super Schools has operated since 2019 although the 2020 season was COVID19 affected, while the 2021 season was shortened by inclement weather events. 2022 will be the final year of funded programming establishing the competition as a pipeline for teenage Rugby on the Gold Coast.
Wagga Wagga Super 6Southern Inland
The competition is led by three Senior Clubs, CSU Reddies Rugby Club, Wagga City Rugby Club and Wagga Wagga Waratahs Rugby Club. Southern Inland Rugby Referee Association supported the program working with developing referees to help them grow into future officials.
NSW Sports High Schools CupGreater Sydney
There are seven Sports High Schools in NSW that provide opportunities for students who have potential to reach the elite level. The schools have flexible academic programs that assist developing athletes meet their training, competition and academic requirements.