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Nudgee College has a proud sporting tradition with 95 years of participation in the Queensland GPS Rugby competition. In the early years, Nudgee College played in local competitions against a mix of adult and schoolboy opposition. It was not until the advent of the GPS competition in 1918 that the College had the opportunity to regularly test itself against the best schoolboy opposition in the state.
Rugby league was the game of choice in GPS until a return to the 15 man game in 1928. The first premiership made its way to Nudgee College in 1920, and the ensuing years would see a further 39 titles, the latest in 2013. It is a source of pride for the whole community that the College has retained its place as one of the pre-eminent sporting Colleges in Australia.
One of the main reasons for the College’s success is participation as each year Nudgee College fields approximately 42 rugby teams in the GPS and supplementary competitions representing all age levels from U10 to Opens.
Nudgee College has produced 24 Wallabies including three Australian Captains, Paul McLean, Mark Loane and Rocky Elsom. Dominic Shipperley and Joseph Tomane are the College’s latest Wallabies. In addition, the College has had over one hundred players go on to play in Super Rugby or represent their country as an Australian schoolboy.

2014 Rugby program

Nudgee Rugby aims to develop age-specific core skills of rugby in an enjoyable learning environment with a key focus on the values of team work and fair play. It also strives to provide an opportunity for boys to become match officials and being involved in coaching.
Rugby at the College runs throughout Term 2 and Term 3, with Term 2 being our development program and Term 3 the GPS competition season. In 2014 the College will enter approximately 45 rugby teams into the GPS competition from U10’s to Opens with the age grade cut off being the age you turn in 2014.

Nudgee Rugby is extremely proud of its history and in particular its 2013 results, winning the GPS 1st XV Premiership for the 40th time, finishing on top of 4 of the 5 A team competitions and having 8 teams undefeated being 2nds, 6ths, 15F’s, 14B’s, 14C’s, 14E’s, 13A’s and 13F’s. To ensure we continue to provide all players an opportunity to compete and improve we will begin our development program in Week 2 of Term 2.

This year will see for the first time the Year 5, 6 and 7 teams join the Senior school in Term 3 as U10, U11 and U12’s. This will also be the first year for the new age grade window, with boys playing in the age group they turn in 2014, for example a boy turning 15 in 2014 will play in the U15 competition. There will be no exception to this GPS rule.

2014 Rugby Camps

The College is running two Rugby camps this year, a High Performance camp in April and the All age camp in July. The High Performance camp will be capped at 25 players per age group from U11 to U15, application forms are now available on the Portal. The All Age camp is open to all players from U10’s to Opens and forms our final selections and preparation for the competition season for all teams, All age camp forms will be available on the Portal early Term 2.

Term 2 Development Program

The development program is optional for any boy who wishes to be involved and will be run in 2 groups based on development stages. Once a commitment is made to participate all sessions are compulsory and unexplained absence will result in withdrawal from the program.

Nudgee Blue U10 and U11’s - will train one session per week.
Nudgee White U10 and U11’s - will train one session per week.
Nudgee Blue U12 – U16’s – will train twice a week.
Nudgee White U12 – U16’s – will train once a week.
Please note the groups will be selected by the Director of Rugby and players may move between groups at the discretion of the Director of Rugby. Grading and trialing of teams for the competition season will not start until week 8 of Term 2. This program aims to give players an opportunity to improve and prepare for the trial and competition phases of our GPS season. It is possible for a player to be selected in A’s, B’s etc without being involved in the development program therefore it is not a pre requisite for team selection.

The program will focus on the below key areas with content based on age-specific activities.

Roles Into Contact
Position Specific Skills
Ball Carry
Phase defence
Ball Presentation
Set piece
Halfback passing
Alignment, running lines and angles
Attack breakdown
Jockey defence
Lineout throwing
Fixing and beating defenders
Back 3 connection/ pendulum
Lineout lifting
Post tackle
Lineout jumping
Defence breakdown
Scrum body shape/ binding

Term 3 Competition Season

Term 3 consists of two weeks of trials including games with BSHS, Downlands College and Internal Trials and 8 competition rounds beginning with Brisbane Grammar on Saturday 2nd August.
This season we will enter approximately A to E’s for U10, 11 and 12’s and A’s to F/ G’s for U13’s – Opens. Each week we will match as many teams with the opposition school with the rest of our teams going into the supplementary draw for that week.



High Performance Rugby Camp Application form Click Here