Community rugby union in Canberra provides a solution to rugby’s woes at the elite level

Rugby in Australia is going through the worst period I can remember since I began commentating on the sport over 30 years ago.

There is discord on a number of fronts.

This includes the Wallaroos’ understandable plea for parity, the poor crowds for Super Rugby, the Wallabies’ losing five games in a row, and Rugby Australia seeking to centralise the Super Rugby system. The finances of the majority of the five Australian Super Rugby teams are also a worry (to say the least).

The one shining light continues to be club rugby in Canberra.

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Uni-Norths Owls were victorious over the Tuggeranong ViQueens in the 2023 Women’s Premier XV Grand Final. Photo: Jayzie Photography. Credit: Riotact.
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