Sydney University Football Club

Sydney University Football Club

Sydney University Football Club, founded in 1863 (this date was disputed by historian Tom Hickie who argues that it was 1865. [Hickie, T. A Sense of Union] ), is the oldest club now playing rugby union in Australia, [ [ Football in Australia - Australia's Culture Portal ] ] and as such is nicknamed "The Birthplace of Australian Rugby" or simply "The Birthplace".

The club was a member of the inaugural Sydney club competition in 1874, along with Balmain, Newington College and The King's School.

The club currently competes in the NSWRU competition and has claimed the Tooheys New Cup and senior and colts club championships in both 2005, 2006 and 2007. They also compete in the Juniors NSWJRU State Championships. In 2007 they fielded teams in the Under 10s, 11s, 12s, 13s and 15s. The under 13s made history in 2007, being Sydney Uni Football Club's first junior team to win a championship. They were coached by the father of one of the Waratahs. [ | title = Silverware stays at University | work = Sydney University Football Club website | accessdate = 2006-09-04]

Club information

:Club Name: Sydney University Football Club:Nickname: The Students:Founded: 1863 : Juniors Founded: 2005:Home stadium: University Oval No.1, Sydney University:Head coach: Damien Hill :Club Captain: Tim Birch:Uniform colors: Blue & Gold:Premiership Titles: , 1924, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1937, 1939, 1945, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1961, 1962, 1968, 1970, 1972, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

Club history

The club is officially known as "Sydney University Football Club" because it was the first club of any football code in NSW. According to one sources, the club also played Australian rules football in its early history, making it the first NSW club in that code as well. []

Its nicknames have also included "Quizkids" and "Varsity".

International representatives

Current Wallabies playing for the club include Daniel Vickerman, Phil Waugh, Brendan Cannon, David Lyons, David Fitter, Julian Huxley, Alister Campbell and Al Kanaar. In all, 102 Sydney University players have been selected to play for Australia. [ [ "Australian Reps" at Sydney University Football Club website] ] The first Australian representative was H.A. Marks in 1899 and the most recent was Julian Huxley against Wales in 2007. The club's most famous Wallaby would probably be Nick Farr-Jones, who had a long representative career (including World Cup success).

Current Super 14 players

* David Lyons
* Dan Vickerman
* Gareth Hardy
* Alex Kanaar
* Winston Mafi
* Will Caldwell
* David Fitter
* Lenny Beckett
* Alister Campbell
* Digby Beaumont [ [ "Rep Players" at Sydney University Football Club website] ]
* Tim Davidson
* Daniel Halangahu
* Alfi Mafi
* Dean Mumm
* Jake (Webers) Coverdale
* Matt Batishall
* Dan Kelly Jnr


External links

* [ Sydney University Football Club website]

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