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Dukes Rugby are proud to announce new club rooms and a new home ground in Botany for 2015. All Dukes home games will be played at Booralee Park in Botany. Since formation, The Dukes finally have a ground close to their spiritual heartland of Alexandria. Club President Billy Hodgetts is excited by the move: "In the past, we have called home a number of places that didn't really feel like it. It's great for the club to find a park with excellent facilities so close to Botany Road, which is really the focal point for the whole of South Sydney, and links us strongly back to Alexandria and the surrounding area."
Botany Road is also home to Dukes Rugbys new club rooms in the Captain Cook Hotel Botany. The Dukes will hold regular meetings, fundraising raffles, and host teams from all over Sydney for the traditional post-match speeches and boat race after every Saturday home game. "I know having a beer with your team and your opposition after the game is an important of the culture of rugby. It's a real community spirit that we want to encourage." says publican Dave Goldthorpe "I hope the whole of Botany really gets behind them." Founding member of The Dukes, Phil Tovey agrees: "I've met a lot of guys in here who are keen to have a run around and some fun. Hopefully we can rope a few in and they can get a taste of the true spirit of rugby."
The Dukes will continue to train in Alexandria at Perry Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30PM, before moving to Vice Chancellors Oval, also in Alexandria, as the season goes on. New players of all levels are welcome.
We are excited to announce NANA DONTOH as a special guest coach at Training this Thursday night. The former Head Coach at Waverley and Grade Coach at Eastern Suburbs, Nana was born in Auckland before moving to England where he played in the center and wing for England Saxons, U21, Students and Schools, as well as club rugby for Bath, Richmond and London Irish. Nana will be focusing on ball skills with us, an opportunity not to be missed! Training is on at 6:30PM Thursday 5 February at Perry Park, Alexandria. Training continues every Tuesday at Thursday. New players are very welcome to join us.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this story incorrectly attributed Nanas position as Head Coach to Eastern Suburbs, a position he held at Waverley Rugby Club..
Put away your ham-bag and forget the taste of Turkey for another 12 months, because NSW Suburban Rugby season 2015 is upon us! Dukes Rugby is pleased to announce that our pre-season training will begin on Tuesday 27 January at 6:30PM at Perry Park in Alexandria.
As we move closer to the season our regular training will move to Wednesdays at our permanent training ground (TBC), and stay tuned for announcements about additional fitness sessions with our Strength and Conditioning coach for those of you who had a few too many mince pies over Christmas..
NEW PLAYERS ARE VERY WELCOME, ALL SKILL, FITNESS LEVELS. No immediate commitment is necessary, just come on down in your runners and meet the boys, no booking is required.
Remember this is just the beginning, there are many more announcements due in the coming weeks about 2015 membership, sponsorship and social events so stay tuned to this website and Like our Facebook page to stay up to date.
Alternatively contact Club President Billy on 0414217453
The Dukes Rugby Football Club was founded in 2011 and competes in the NSW Suburban Rugby Union Competition. A family club with strong ties to the South Sydney community, The Dukes value friendship, fitness and fun and are committed to advancing the spirit of Rugby Union in Sydney.