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This Saturday’s Round 7 clash with Parramatta has teams playing for more than just 4 competition points.
Both the Sir Roden Cutler VC Shield & the Rod Phelps Cup will be up for grabs for the winner of the 1st Grade Match.
Rod Phelps who captained and coached Northern Suburbs and Parramatta is one of our oldest living Wallabies.
As a winger, he played 6 years for each club including in the 1975 Shute Shield Grand Final, which saw Norths defeat Parramatta 9-6.
Rod passed on his encouragement to all the players from his hometown of Mollymook after golf at Hilltops.
“My message for the players this weekend is, I really hope both teams play the game for the enjoyment of it.”
“Shute Shield rugby is truly the most enjoyable rugby to watch,” says Rod
“I’m a keen advocate for juniors and colts and the pathway to grade. I played for the under 20’s Manly-Northern Suburbs rep team, and NSW and this combined pathway was fundamental to my development as a player.”
“Shute Shield is being played for the love of the game. I play golf on Saturday’s and come back and watch it on TV with Deidre, my wife of 58 years,” says Rod.
Rod retired from playing at age 31 as he was expecting his 4th child. “I remember how much fun we had taking the kids to North Sydney Oval and watching the rugby with kids rolling down the hill around us in the sun, club rugby has always been a strong point in our family.” says Phelps.
“I remember how much fun we had taking the kids to North Sydney Oval and watching the rugby with kids rolling down the hill around us in the sun,” says Phelps.
Norths, President Grahame O’Donnell sums it up.
“The beautiful thing about Shute Shield Club rugby is that we have all of this history and passion. In respect for Rod, his contribution to both Clubs and rugby in general, the Cup has been established and we look forward to Saturday against Parramatta.