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Our 2020 Rugby Season Re-Boot

It is quite an exciting time at Rugby Club’s across Qld this week with the announcement that from Friday we are shoulder’s on! Our programs have been working hard on our 1.5m defence spacing during the past couple of weeks and we are keen to tighten that up from next week with the playing group, and the staff, all excited about the return of contact into our sessions. Our Seniors, Women’s and Colts programs will all be back training twice a week on field, and 2 sessions in the gym at the Bond High Performance Training Centre.

I must congratulate the players and staff for their understanding and willingness to comply with the Rugby Industry COVID Safe plan of social distancing, limiting numbers to 20 in designated training areas, sanitising, and checking in and out at the field and in the gym. It is a minor inconvenience that allows us the privilege of once again enjoying time together on a rugby field.

Our Rugby community has been relentlessly supportive during the first 6 months of 2020. While we have had limited space on our fields and until restrictions are relaxed for training, Nerang Bulls Rugby have generously allowed us to use their fields on Tuesday nights, allowing our programs to continue training undisturbed during this period. Bond Pirates Rugby have been supportive of our Colts 3 program and we welcome that relationship with a Club that we share our roots with. Michael Dalton, one of our Colts parents has generously given up his time and graphic design talents to assist in our Covid plans and Marcus Dehring, Colts parent, has also been working closely with us to finalise details for our Club kit. Our sponsors have loyally stood by us during this period and we are grateful and determined to enjoy and repay this community support during the 2020 Premier Rugby season. We also have had a significant addition to our Clubhouse, inspired by one of our life members, which you can read about further in the newsletter.

With stage 3 kicking off Friday 3 July, we can begin our final stages of preparation to play, leading us into our first game on 8th August v Sunnybank here at The Canal. All our rugby programs will slowly move back to train at The Canal and pending government restrictions, eventually share field space and coach experience across all these programs. Game day kick off timings are being reviewed as part of the COVID Safe planning by QLD Rugby Union and we hope to confirm these and other details soon. We are confident however, that on 8 August, we will play rugby at Bond.

We will have 5 home games this season. Sunnybank, Norths, and Easts in August, and home games v GPS and UQ in the final 2 rounds leading into the finals in October. The playing group have reviewed the draw and they will present, this week, their plans for themed events for several of these home games. We are looking forward to seeing all our supporters and sponsors at our home games in 2020, where we will have a new look game day experience.

Special mention and congratulations needs to be made to our Bond Rugby players Joey Fittock and Zane Nongorr who have been selected into the 2020 Qld Reds Training Squad.  This is a fabulous achievement for not only both players, but for the Bond Rugby coaches and trainers who have worked with these players over the past 4 years.  Their success bears testament to what goes on here at the grounds of Bond Rugby, it confirms that we are hitting all the right markers and delivering what we are trying to achieve in being a direct pathway to Super Rugby.

We wish our Qld Reds Super Rugby players Angus Blyth and Alex Mafi all the best for tonights game against NSW Waratahs and for the Super Rugby Season. 


See you next month on The Veranda!

Director of Rugby

Bond University Rugby


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