Robb Rugby was established in 1961 and this year, 2013, is the clubs 52th year as one of the premier clubs in the New England Competition.
Robb currently has three grades, which all made the semi-finals of the New England Competition. They were also semi-finalist in this year’s Armidale Knockout. Each week training is held on the well-lit ovals at SportUNE under the guidance of 5 professional coaches. Then on Saturday our home games are held at the stadium at Bellevue Oval (next to the college) which holds approximately 8000 people and was host to a trial between the Parramatta Eels and the Newcastle Knights earlier in the year.
There are many advantages of becoming apart of our old club. The mateship and comradie is always strong and were always happy to invite people into our club even if they do not attend Robb College. In addition, every three years an overseas tour is held by the club, with this years boys completing a trip through New Zealand. This tour follows other tours which have included Argentina, Uruguay, the USA, England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland.
Robb Rugby also offers a yearly scholarship to the fresher who does the most work on and off the field for the club, and who has a good academic record this is irrespective of the grade they play in. Furthermore each week the boys are tunneled out by the crowd with by our bagpiper and our teams enjoy great support with war cries and cheering from the rest of the college and the town.
The club was formed in 1961 after the UNE rugby team dominated the New England competition with comprehensive wins against Teachers College in the finals of both ’59 and ’60. Because of this domination, the prospects for the Rugby Union code looked grim in the New England so it was decided that the newly formed Wright and Robb Colleges would form new rugby clubs, thus the birth of Robb Rugby and a now extinct Wright College team. It only took one year of development and establishment before Robb won their first New England A grade Premiership defeating Teachers College 6-3 and in reserve grade Robb Lions defeated Robb Tigers 14-3
Since these early days Robb has gone from strength to strength mostly through the support of the old boys and affiliates of the college and the strong Alumni that the college possesses. The bond between ex residents and affiliates to Robb College members is incomparable to any other club or organization and is the pinnacle of our strength and success. This was no less demonstrated at this years New England Rugby Reunion.
We invite anyone to get involved and join our club. For more information contact the president at firstname.lastname@example.org
Roll on Robb Rugby.