THE Gold Coast will soon be home to another premier sporting club.
Bond University has confirmed, it will become only the third university in Australia (behind Universities of Queensland and Sydney) to field a rugby team in Premier competition.
Bond University Rugby Club will play in the Queensland Premier Rugby competition, with a new strip and a new brand.
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The inaugural Club board comprises a strong blend of rugby experience and high profile local business expertise, with prominent Gold Coast businessman Tom Ray as President.
Former Wallaby captain Nathan Sharpe and iconic coach Alex Evans provide rugby expertise, and are joined by QRU Chief Operating Officer David Hanham, the Director of Sport at TSS Bryan Hain, the Chair of Gold Coast & District Rugby Union President Michael Summers and Bond University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor of Pathways and Partnerships, Catherine O’Sullivan.
Tim Rowlands will assume the role of CEO of Bond University Rugby Club and current Deputy Chairman of the Breakers, Bruce Wright, will become Chair of the Club’s Community Committee.
Mr Ray said Bond University Rugby Club had evolved from the successful strategic alliance formed in 2013 between Bond University and the Breakers Rugby Club.
“The creation of the single rugby brand – Bond University Rugby Club – is consistent with the University’s mission to establish itself as the number one sports university in Australia, and build on its already strong relationships with Queensland Rugby Union and Australian Rugby Union,” Mr Ray said.
“Bond University Rugby Club has been established this year as the all-encompassing organisation to coordinate and fulfill Bond’s rugby ambitions and activities.”
Australian Rugby Union CEO, Bill Pulver, said Australian Rugby had benefited enormously from its formal association with Bond University.
“Our partnership gives us the opportunity to work towards creating a gold-medal performance in Rugby Sevens for men at this year’s Commonwealth Games, for men and women at the 2016 Olympic Games and for men at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast,” Mr Pulver said.
“Our Under 20s team will also benefit from access to Bond University’s state-of-the-art facilities as part of their preparations for the IRB Junior World Cup in New Zealand in June.”
Bond University will field four teams this season including the Premier team and the Premier Colts, a First Grade team and a Colts 1 team (in the grassroots Brisbane Rugby Competition).