The Macquarie Uni Sydney Rays are in many people’s eyes what the National Rugby Championships are all about – giving the approaching wave of Rugby talent north of the harbour bridge a crack at the next level, while at the same time respecting the role that club footy plays in the nurturing of our next Rugby World Cup and Bledisloe winners.
The Rays were initially the franchise formed from an alliance of four deep Shute Shield rivals – Northern Suburbs, Gordon, Manly and Warringah – and each of the clubs have invested much time and money in getting the franchise to where it is today. Most recently in 2016, the banner changed from North Harbour Rays to the Sydney Rays and both Eastwood & South Districts players are now part of the franchise.
The club’s charter is to promote from within, whether that be on the playing roster, the coaching team or the many off-field roles that are needed for a professional Rugby team to operate seamlessly.
The Rays are truly a touchable pathway for everyone associated with the great game of Rugby on the north shore of Sydney.
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The Macquarie Uni Sydney Rays will draw their playing roster from the the following clubs – Northern Suburbs, Gordon, Manly, Warringah and Sourthern Districts. Two affiliated Wallabies have been allocated to the club with Michael Hooper & Jack Dempsy all putting up their hands for the Rays.
Northern Suburbs Rugby will be well represented through:
Hugh Sinclair, Angus Sinclair, Cameron Clark, Bryce Hegarty, Sam Kitchen, Lawrence Hunting, Nick Duffy, Harry Burey, Conor Vest, Irea Simone, James Brown and Gary Bautz
Our Coaching Staff
Norths 1st Grade, Premiership Winning Coach Simon Cron will oversee the Sydney Rays through the National Rugby Championship season in 2017 as the Coaching Director
Head Coach is former Wallaby Julian Huxley.
Norths Rugby's Rob Fowkes is Head of Athletic Performance, Norths Backs Coach Will Eggleston lends in assistance.
Whilst the team will also be support by Campbell Hanson and his team from Square One Physio.
Our Playing Strip
The Macquarie Uni Sydney Rays’ playing strip brings together the colours of the four inaugural member clubs of the franchise into a harlequin style jersey that is already turning heads wherever it is paraded.
The jersey had its debut at the official launch of the National Rugby Championship in Sydney and positive comments about the look and feel of the jersey, shorts and socks have been coming through ever since.