New South Wales Rugby Union

The New South Wales Rugby Union, or NSWRU, is the governing body for the sport of rugby union within most of the state of New South Wales in Australia. It is a member and founding union of Rugby Australia. Within Australia it is considered the strongest Union. It has the largest player base, biggest population, most suburban clubs, and the oldest running club rugby competition in the country.

New South Wales Rugby Union
New South Wales Rugby Union logo.svg
SportRugby union
Founded1874; 148 years ago (1874), (as Southern Rugby Union) (1874; 148 years ago (1874), (as Southern Rugby Union))
Rugby Australia affiliation1949; 73 years ago (1949), (founding member)
PresidentNick Farr-Jones

The southern areas of New South Wales encompassing the Monaro, Far South Coast, and Southern Inland unions are not affiliated with the NSWRU. They are now within the ACT and Southern NSW Rugby Union. The New South Wales Rugby Union was founded in 1874 as the Southern Rugby Union, before changing to the present name in 1893.



Team / Competition
Super Rugby AU
New South Wales Waratahs
National Rugby Championship
New South Wales Country Eagles Sydney
Shute Shield
Eastern Suburbs Eastwood Gordon Manly Northern Suburbs Western Sydney Southern Districts Sydney University Warringah West Harbour Penrith Hunter


Due to the merging of Union's by the ACT and Southern NSW Rugby Union, the New South Wales Rugby Union does not encompass all of New South Wales. However, it does include major cities and towns, making up roughly two-thirds (and/or more) of the state. Such cities and towns include: Newcastle, the Central Coast, Wollongong, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Tamworth, Orange, Dubbo, Bathurst, Lismore, Tweed Heads, Byron Bay, and Sydney.

New South Wales Rugby Union jurisdiction

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