USC invites you to join us for our 2019 Season Launch, to be held on Saturday March the 16th at 7pm. For more details, please visit our Events page.
USC Rugby is seeking enthusiastic, knowledgeable coaches, who have a strong focus on team culture, both on and off the field. Available positions are:
Santiago Gonzalez Rios 2018 with Jason Gallagher and Doc Fleming
In 2017 a young international exchange student from Mexico “Santi” arrived at Mountain Creek State High School looking to play rugby in Australia. Coming from a family of rugby enthusiasts and having an uncle who holds the Mexican record for most Rugby test caps for his country, Santi was eager to get a taste for Australian Rugby. Particularly as his home club team in Mexico City is named “The Wallabies”.
I was introduced to Santi while trying to get a 1st XV side up and running at MCSHS, the previous three years had been very successful for both school and club with many new rugby players coming to join the USC Barbarians junior and senior colts’ sides. Unfortunately, this particular year we couldn’t get the numbers for school team and therefore Santiago’s only opportunity for rugby was to join the USC U19 colts squad- a big ask for a 16 year old- he was keener than a fat man at a bacon eating contest.
Open to USC members & non-members, Boys & Girls, age groups 6-16. Fully supervised daily activities will include rugby, cross training, multi-sport, and skill based activities.
Week 1. 2nd-6th July daily from 9am-2pm
Week 2. 9th-13th July daily from 9am-2pm
Please Click Here to download the USC Sports Camp PDF for all contact, registration and payment details.
Round 11 of Get Started Vouchers opens on Wednesday 24 January 2018.
The program provides eligible children and young people aged 5 to 17 (inclusive) who can least afford to join a sport or recreation club with a voucher valued up to $150 for membership and/or registration fees. It should be noted that vouchers are issued on a first come, first served basis; therefore there is no guarantee that an eligible child or young/person will obtain a voucher.
This 'How to apply video' assists families with information on child eligibility and applying for a voucher. You may also want to ‘like’ the Queensland Sport and Recreation Facebook page to keep up to date.
More information about the program is available at www.qld.gov.au/recreation/sports/funding/getinthegame/getstarted.
If you are successful in receiving a Get Started Voucher, you will enter the Get Started voucher number during our rugby registration online process.
HOW TO USE YOUR "GET STARTED" VOUCHER
STEP 2. Then deposit remainder of registration ($125.00) into USC bank account:
Account Name : USC Barbarians Rugby Club Inc.
Acct Number 22085264
Please ensure to reference your sons/daughters name when depositing for easy payment identification.
Friday May 5th 5:30 to 6:30 at USC Rugby Club is our second sign up and training session for all U12 to U18 girls 7's players.
Not only our first U19 colts match, but USC are proudly entering two sides into the 2017 Maroochy RSL Colts Competition.
This Friday 24th March, at the USC Rugby Club, both the USC Vikings and USC Saxons, will be playing Maroochydore Swans and Noosa Dolphins respectively.
"We are very proud of all our young blokes who have been training their guts out and are keen as to get out there and show us what they got," says head coach of both teams Jason Kahika. "We have many new boys join the side this year who are currently studying at the University. And they look pretty good. Mixed in with our seasoned USC Barbarian campaigners from the past junior years, we look to put two great sides out on the paddock.'"
The colts sides also have several U17 players who are playing up, all of whom already show they will be an asset to the sides during the year.
The main priority for management team is to ensure all the young blokes enjoy their rugby, are well coached and we build a positive culture between the two sides, which will fit perfectly into the future of the senior club.
The origins of Barbarians Rugby came about in 1890 when WP Capmeal conceived an idea to form a club drawing rugby players from multiple other clubs, by invitation. This Barbarian squad was formed to play in the off-season against the top club teams of the day.
Integral to the spirit of Barbarian rugby is that the Barbarian Club should be absolutely cosmopolitan with the aim of spreading good-fellowship amongst all rugby football players.
It’s fitting then that the University of the Sunshine Coast hosts a rugby club as the Coast’s representative of the Barbarian spirit. Just as the University serves as a melting pot in the post-school years, accepting people from all over the world to further their education, so USC Barbarians Rugby accepts all-comers into the fellowship of rugby on the Coast.
A fine example of the Barbarians’ spirit is the USC Barbarians Under 16s squad, providing a game of rugby for players from nine of the Coast’s schools. The USC club is not aligned with any one school, making it a drawcard for players from all over the Coast.
The vast majority of this squad attend schools unable to field a side in the 15-a-side schools competition and not every body type is suited to 7s rugby. Therefore rugby clubs like the USC Barbarians are critical to the long-term health of Queensland and Australian rugby because they provide a game of 15-a-side rugby to players from non-traditional pathways.
Several players with the Under 16s side have been with USC for eight seasons or more, producing an undying loyalty to the spirit of Barbarian rugby. In turn the club has given these players a coaching and development pathway which wouldn’t have been available to them otherwise. To top it off, the coaching squad contains an Englishman, highly credentialed coach Gary Jones, a Zimbabwean, a New Zealander and an Aussie.
Australia prides itself on its egalitarianism. By taking players from all persuasions and economic circumstances, USC has successfully merged Aussie egalitarianism with the Barbarian spirit on the Sunshine Coast.
Vacancies still exist for players in most of USC’s squads with registrations open on the club’s website
Nominations for executive positions within the USC Barbarians Rugby Club as follows:
President: Phillip Knight
Vice President: Bob McMillan
Secretary: Kylie Smith
Senior Rugby Manager: Dean Neto
Junior Rugby Manager: Leah McCabe
Marketing Manager: John Cranley
Santa was good to us, we've unwrapped a new A Grade coach for 2017! Rhys Roberts comes to us all the way from Wales. He has been part of the Welsh women's set up, as well as Ospreys Rugby under 18s and the rugby hub officer for Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera since January 2015. He also was the backs coach of Whitchurch RFC and comes to us keen and ready for a big season! Welcome Rhys!