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In a brief, anonymous club rugby career that may be likened to hospital food – sub-standard and not enough of it – your correspondent achieved the distinction of being thrashed by two future Wallaby coaches.
Ewen McKenzie had our scrum seeing triple. As an unknown boy-mountain just off the plane from Melbourne (he must have needed three seats), McKenzie managed to pop not only our tight-head prop opposing him, but also our hooker and our loose-head. He was an entire front row, so destroying our scrum that his own hooker, then a very slim Phil Kearns, could dash around like an extra flanker. It didn't seem fair.
Michael Cheika was a player who made your heart sink as soon as you saw him warming up in the Randwick colours. In anticipation of playing Cheika, your eyes shrank into their sockets and your testicles beat a swift tactical retreat into your abdomen. You were not thinking of practising your moves so much as clearing your lines of communication to the carrier of the magic water bottle. You knew you were in for a deeply unpleasant experience. Someone said, "Oh jeez, I hate playing that guy." It was the highest compliment you could pay.
All at Randwick Rugby congratulate Simon Poidevin who was inducted into Australia Rugby's Hall of Fame at the 2014 John Eales Medal evening on Thursday 23 October in Sydney. Poidevin joins other notable Hall of Fame Members fellow Galloping Greens Mark Ella and David Campese.
The team of 1964, '65 and '66 which won the Sydney Premiership three times will soon be reuniting for its fifth reunion. Details tba
Oh! Me name is McNamara
I'm the leader of the band,
Although we're few in number
We're the finest in the land
McNamara's Band can still be heard chanted by the myrtle green-clad players out of the changing rooms opposite Coogee Beach.
It's the Galloping Greens' Club song, a song that resonates with one of Randwick's honourable sons, the Wallabies' new Head Coach Michael Cheika.
A stalwart of the eastern beaches Club, Cheika played 300 games for the Wicks, 212 of which were for first grade. He won seven Shute Shields between 1985 and 1999, captaining the side between 1997 and 1999.
He only ever represented Australia in the Under 21s but it's his success as an enigmatic leader which has proven his worth, especially amongst those he's united and steered to victory.
The Australian Rugby Union today announced NSW Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has been appointed Qantas Wallabies head coach on a three year contract, effective immediately.
Spend five minutes in Michael Cheika's company and you'll feel equal parts fear and admiration.
The son of Lebanese migrants has achieved a lot in his 47 years and is anything but a one-trick pony.
After hanging up the boots as a Randwick club stalwart, Cheika and his cauliflower ears landed squarely in the world of fashion – no, we're not joking.
ROBBIE Deans has endorsed Michael Cheika as the Wallabies' coach-in-waiting.
Fifteen months after ending his five-year reign as Wallabies coach, Deans on Tuesday said Cheika was the man to revive the side's flagging fortunes following Ewen McKenzie's shock resignation on Saturday.
"He knows the context intimately. He's come out of the heart of it; out of Randwick. That was where he was a good appointment for the Waratahs. His personality doesn't get involved in the off field stuff. He drives the group to the things that are important and doesn't get distracted by the politics. That will be an asset".
NSW Junior Gold would like to thank the Randwick Rugby Club for its assistance with the combined North Harbour and South Harbour trials held at The UNSW David Phillips Sports Field, Daceyville. The first trial was held last weekend, Sunday, 12th October when approximately 200 boys aged between 13 and 16 trialled for a spot in the NSW Junior Gold program for the 2014/2015 season.
Randwick Rugby Club assisted last weekend through its association with the UNSW and their senior coaches providing support in selection of both squads. The Club also provided an avenue for the boys to rehydrate and refuel with the running of a canteen that is also supporting the Randwick Rugby Academy. Matt Evrard from NSW Rugby said "All the players, coaches and parents were very impressed with the high quality sporting facility UNSW has built at the David Phillips Sports Field".
The Randwick Rugby Club will continue assistance this weekend with the final trial for the North Harbour and South Harbour teams. Again this will be run from The David Phillip Sports Field, Daceyville and will be the final chance for these boys to gain selection into either the U15s or U17s team for both locations (Centres). This week sees a split in starting times for the age groups with U15s starting at 8:30am and U17s at 10am.
Without the support of Randwick Rugby Club, NSW Junior Gold would not have been able to run these trials so successfully. For more information on the NSW Junior Gold visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NSWJG or the webpage at http://bit.ly/Zpjdib