Nudgee College has a proud sporting tradition with 96 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 25 Wallabies including three Australian Captains, Paul McLean, Mark Loane and Rocky Elsom. Sean McMahon, Dominic Shipperley and Joseph Tomane are the College’s latest Wallabies. In addition, the College has had over 100 players go on to play in Super Rugby or represent their country as an Australian schoolboy.
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 be 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 2015 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 2015
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 and through the App. 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
|Catch||Ball Carry||Phase defence||Kicking|
|Pass||Ball Presentation||Set piece||Halfback passing|
|Alignment, running lines and angles||Attack breakdown||Jockey defence||Lineout throwing|
|Fixing and beating defenders||Tackle||Back 3 connection/ pendulum||Lineout lifting|
|Post tackle||Lineout jumping|
|Defence breakdown||Scrum body shape/ binding|
Term 3 Competition Season
After trial games against Churchie and Gregory Terrace at the back end of term 2, the GPS season commences in Week One of Term 3, with 8 competition rounds beginning with Toowoomba Grammar on Saturday 18th July at home.
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.
To view the 2015 High Performance Application Form please click here