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Warringah Rugby Club started participating in Boots and Books Tours 8 years ago. After a successful first tour to Kenya, The Rats now have a proud tradition of helping communities in desperate need abroad through rugby. Not only is this a chance for our players to play and teach the game they love overseas, It is also a chance to learn and help others less fortunate.
In January 2020 we will be taking a Men 15’s team and a Women’s 7’s team to China. The tour will see us play games against Shanghai Football Club and Shenzhen Dragons. Along with the games we will be running sports clinics for children at local junior clubs and providing funding and helping with repairs and supplies to a shelter in Shanghai plus donate much needed school supplies to the local communities.
There are a lot of costs involved to pull this tour together. Players not only have to fund the individual costs of the tour, we also need to cover the cost of the items we will donate to the shelter and sports clinics.
We are running a raffle to help raise money for the tour and are also seeking individual and team sponsorship.
If you would like to purchase raffle tickets, please click on the link below.
If you are a business that is interested in sponsoring an individual or the team, please contact the club for more information.
Please note: you will be automatically entered into the draw upon payment. No physical tickets will be supplied. Details for the raffle are listed on the attached link and will be drawn at Warringah Rugby Club at 1pm on Sunday 1st September 2019.
2019-08-12T20:54:19+00:00August 12th, 2019|0 Comments

Video Highlights Warringah Vs Norths

Don’t the Rats love playing Norths in the Finals!!

Another outstanding match with an even better result, sending our 1st Grade side into the Grand Final Qualifier for the 3rd consecutive year. Not only that, after strong wins, both 3rd and 4th Grade are also into the Grand Final Qualifier as well.

There is a distinct possibility that on Grand Final WRC will have 3 teams in Grand Finals.

First things first. 1st Grade play at North Sydney Oval this Saturday against Eastwood at 1:10pm. They are preceded by 3rd Grade, also at North Sydney Oval, against Gordon at 10.:00am. 4th Grade play Sydney University on Sunday at Coogee Oval at 10:45am.

In the meantime, enjoy the highlights of an extremely strong performance that put the other three finalists on notice.

#shuteshield #warringahrats #warringahrugby #ratcity #ratnation #ratsfamily #oneclubonegoal #itsarugbylife #ratschampions2019 #nevergivein

2019-08-11T22:37:24+00:00August 11th, 2019|0 Comments

Player Profile Showcase – Rory O’Connor.

Tell us in 30 seconds tell us about you.

I was playing with the NSW Waratahs throughout the Super Rugby season and was then able to return home to the Rats for the second half of the Shute Shield. This week, obviously, I am excited to be part of this outstanding WRC side hope to successfully help kick start another Rats finals campaign and get to a third consecutive grand final.


When did you start playing rugby, at what junior club and position do you play?

I started playing in 2003 for the Under 9 Mosman Whales and I played prop, so not much has changed!


Recently you did a 10-Day Rugby challenge; where you selected an image in the life of Rugby and how the game impacted you. What does the Rats Rugby Community mean to you?

The Rats Rugby Community is such a positive environment full of dedicated and supportive people who all contribute to the game in one way or another, whether it be having played in the past, raising future Rats or sharing a beer on a Saturday afternoon and cheering on the boys at Rat Park.


Do you have any game day rituals?

I like to eat pretty simple so as not upset my stomach or feel too heavy coming into a game. I also like to sleep in a bit later, so I feel relaxed and energised come kick off.


WRC believe that our Sponsors, Supporters and our Players are our finest assets. They are characterised by qualities such as loyalty, commitment and generosity which make the strong foundation of our ‘family’.  Who do you feel showcases the Club’s core values and why?


I think Dick Harris, the first-grade manager, epitomises the WRC values as he has loyally served the team for many years and always has time to lend a hand. He’s always there to greet you in the sheds and can usually be seen hauling around the phones and wallets of the first-grade players in his blue “valuables” bag.


In February this year, you featured in The Australian in an article “Late Developer puts a foot on the ladder to his dream career”. On your attitude the article stated, “he would not die wondering”. What drives you to never give up and to be the best you can be?

In a sense the fear of regretting that I didn’t put enough effort in or that I could’ve done more to reach my goal definitely makes me never want to give up. It sounds a bit dramatic using fear in that way but it’s also very powerful. Even if I don’t reach my goal, I can sleep at night knowing I tried my best.


I believe you are saxophone player and teacher and also studying civil engineering degree at Sydney University. What do you do for the crack outside rugby & more importantly, how do you juggle it all?

Rugby and Uni take up most of my time so there’s not a lot left to do apart from spend time with my family and friends. Juggling everything has been a big learning curve for me which basically comes down to sacrificing certain things like going out on weekends or doing Uni part time.


Lastly, what excites you most about the remainder of the 2019 season leading into the semi-finals this weekend?

What excites me most about the finals in 2019 is once again how tight the competition is but also the brand of rugby that the Rats are showcasing this year. There’s plenty of young players who have stamped their authority in the team and are turning heads come game day.


#ratschampions2019 #warringahrats #warringahrugby #shuteshieldfinals#shuteshieldfinals2019

2019-08-08T20:04:16+00:00August 8th, 2019|0 Comments

Video Highlights: Warringah Vs Southern Districts.

The competition starts NOW! Not only that, the Rivalry Returns to Rat Park this Saturday as the Rats and Norths continue their incredible run of finals clashes in recent years.

The Rats beat them in the Grand Final in 2017. The Rats beat them in the Semi-Final in 2018 to go into our second consecutive Grand Final. Get down here this Saturday and make Rat Park a cauldron. Make it loud. Make it intimidating.

Help the boys take the next step to a third consecutive Grand Final. And if you needed another reason to get down to Rat Park, it is virtually a full WRC day. Both 3rd and 4th Grade are playing their semi-finals here as well with 4th Grade kicking of at 10.15am, followed immediately by 3rd Grade.

The Hill will be heaving and the Can Bar will once again have live entertainment immediately upon full time from local favourites, Micro.

2019-08-05T08:05:40+00:00August 5th, 2019|0 Comments

Todd Marks, Warringah Hillbillies Founder Profile

Tell us in 30 seconds about you.
I get called a lot of things, some of them true, the rest even truer. My wife calls me simple, a sociophobe, childish and a disappointment in bed. She’s right (except the bed thing is a bit harsh, I just need more practice), most days I feel like three kids stacked up on each other’s shoulders, covered by a large overcoat, trying to pass myself off as a grown-up! I’m fluent in most bad languages and sarcasm and my hobbies include arguing with call centers and sleeping. Most importantly I’m an ex-rat who lives in the past and appreciates what this club has done for him, his family, his friends and our community…… Oh and I’m a Capricorn.

How were the Hillbillies formed?
It was a pro-active, ill-conceived, beer inspired idea with Jimmy and Chappo. We wanted to channel our superpowers of mindless chat and drinking into the ongoing survival of the club. The club needed supporters, money, atmosphere, more flanno based merchandise and someone to keep the touch judges in line – and to be honest, we needed the mateship of a life after rugby! Our solution – to create a social environment and membership on ‘The Hill’. A meeting place for the community on a Saturday. It just made sense to us, but then again so does bacon in salad!

Even outside of rugby circles the Warringah Hillbillies have earnt themselves a cult following. Why do you think this is the case?
So has Donald Trump, Boris Johnson and Kombucha…. The world is too serious, fast paced and stifling, sometimes people just want permission to take a break and take the piss. Just like ‘The Hill’ in Washington, on our ‘Hill’ we don’t overthink thing – actually thinking and acting are mutually exclusive events for both Trump and the Hillbillies. We realise that “There is a time to think and a time to drink”. Hang on, I like that, it’s a catchy line. It can replace our old motto “Join us and look down on other people” and it has more gravitas than “If it’s itchy, scratch it” although it is nice to see some of our members are still working hard to keep this last one alive. What was the question again? In summary, the Hillbillies rock.

Do you Hillbillies have any game day rituals?
Is drinking a ritual?

Rat’s have over a 90% home win record since the Hillbillies started in 2014, do the Hillbillies use any black magic to help the Rats win?
No, but we are partial to a little Ice Magic on our chips (don’t judge!)

The Hillbillies are also responsible for the development and ongoing funding support of Warringah Junior Representative Rugby. What type of initiatives have you rolled out to the Community.
We like to say we are future proofing The Hill. The Hillbillies can make things happen thanks to our club and player links, our Friends of Warringah relationship and most importantly through our generous membership community, many of who have had, or currently have, a kid in the Warringah junior program. Training programs, coaching initiatives, equipment, grounds and facilities are all projects we are, or have been involved in. It’s a cause we can all drink to!

I know your drive in 2019 is to recruit more females on the Hill. Why should our female supporters get involved and become a Hillbilly.
I’ll give you two words ‘Harry Jones’……. Socialising, friendship and fun isn’t a male only domain, stupidity and adolescence however probably is. This year we have had a huge number of new female members join and the community feel and party atmosphere is better than ever.

Tell us about a person that you admire at the Club. Why do you think they have made an important impact?
I have a massive man crush on Jack Sutherland. Jack represents what a community club is all about and he is everything I’m not; loyal, hard-working, generous, modest, selfless, caring and a good bloke. Even despite the fact he is a qualified Assistant Referee, he is still ok to me.

Lastly, what excites you most about the remainder of the 2019 season leading into the finals?
A home semi and then pulling out a few chairs at Bankwest Stadium to give it more of a ‘Hill’ aesthetic for the finals. After that, I’m looking forward to eating 10 times my body weight in salmon and slipping into hibernation for the off season.

#shuteshield #warringahrats #warringahrugby #ratcity #ratnation #ratsfamily#oneclubonegoal #itsarugbylife #ratschampions2019 #nevergivein #hillbillies#ratpark #flanno

2019-08-01T21:34:52+00:00August 1st, 2019|0 Comments

Windows & Doors Offer

Select Windows & Doors
Select Windows & Doors has just refurbished its showroom at Brookvale and are giving away old display windows and doors to Warringah Rugby Club Members and/or Supporters. This display stock is absolutely FREE to the lucky new owners, the only requirement is that view and pick up stock from their factory by 10 August 2019.
Check out what they are giving away:
1. Western Red Cedar double hung window 2360mmH x 640mmW with colonial bars to top sash, 6.38mm Clear Lam, Lambstongue sash horns
2. Western Red Cedar 3 panel bi-fold door with inbuilt Centor S1E retractable screen 2370mmH x 2025mmW,6.38mm Clear lam, configuration 3 left from outside and also has a Sashless double hung window within one of the door panels.
3. Powdercoated aluminium double hung in White Birch, 2360mmH x 650mmW, true ovolo colonial bars, decorative sash horns, 6.38mm Clear lam.
4. Powdercoated aluminium pair of French door in Stone Beige, 2470mmH x 1150mmW, raised aluminium panels to bottom third of the door and horizontal ovolo colonial bar to top, 6.38mm Clear Lam, no sill, 20mm clearance.
5. Powdercoated aluminium sliding window in Primrose, 2455mmH X 1200mmW, 6.38mm Clear lam, insect screen with nylon mesh
6. Powdercoated aluminium awning window in Primrose, 2455mmH x 628mmW, 6.38mm Clear Lam, decorative stick on colonial bars and insect screen with nylon mesh.
7. Thermally broken casement window with White PVC internally and Black powdercoated aluminium externally, 1170mmH x 500mmW Double glazed Clear – Air – Clear
8. Powdercoated aluminium awning window in Woodland Grey, 2356mmH x 640mmW, 6.38mm Clear lam
9. Western Red cedar awning/casement combo 2365mmH x 646mmW, 6.38mm Clear laminated glass
10. Powdercoated aluminium sliding window in Pearl White 1260mmH x 1010mmW, 6.38mm Clear lam, has the facility for a sliding screen.
11. Powdercoated aluminium double hung window in Deep Ocean 2050mmH x 575mmW with a raked fixed window above that can be removed
12. Powdercoated aluminium Sashless double hung in Notre Dame 1818mmH x 580mmW with a 35 degree raked head
For more information or to arrange an inspection, call Anthony Perrett on 9938 1500.
2019-07-31T23:23:07+00:00July 31st, 2019|0 Comments

Video Highlights Warringah Vs Western Sydney

After having to make 3 changes prior to kick-off and two early injuries, the Rats secure a home final at Rat Park, maintain top spot for the 6th consecutive week and have one more match to win to claim the Minor Premiership.

Enjoy these highlights from an extremely tough match against Western Sydney, including Dave Feltscheer winding back the clock with a length of the field intercept try!!



#shuteshield #warringahrats #warringahrugby #ratcity #ratnation #ratsfamily #oneclubonegoal #itsarugbylife #ratschampions2019 #nevergivein

2019-07-28T21:40:08+00:00July 28th, 2019|0 Comments


The Honours Committee is seeking nominations of members who may qualify for Life Membership of Warringah Rugby Club in 2019 which will be announced at the AGM on 10 November 2019.

Each nomination should have set out clearly in the service performed by the proposed person for the award and the extraordinary aspect of that service. The Honours Committee will, if required, seek further information. Each nomination is to be in writing.  Please understand that nomination will not automatically lead to a successful application as the nominated person must meet the relevant criteria and be approved by the Board of Warringah Rugby Club and in the case of a Life Member the nomination is to be further approved by the Life Members at the AGM.

Nominations for Life Membership should be received by Guy Fraser-Hills, General Manager, 30 days prior to the AGM, please email

2019-07-27T22:02:26+00:00July 27th, 2019|0 Comments

Congratulations on 200 Games Dave Feltscheer

Dave Feltscheer, a playing legend of Warringah Rugby Club and member of the 2017 1st Grade Shute Shield Premiership side and 2018 Grand Finalists, is playing his 200th Grade Game tomorrow against Western Sydney.

To commemorate the occasion, Dave, who has been helping develop and guide our up and coming talent by playing 3rd Grade this year rather than retire, has agreed to play 1st Grade one more time again tomorrow.

This is another fantastic reason to get down to Rat Park tomorrow. Warringah’s 1st Grade side are aiming for a big win to help secure the Minor Premiership, a home final and celebrate Dave Feltscheer’s 200th Grade Game in the manner he so rightly deserves.

2019-07-26T03:39:42+00:00July 26th, 2019|0 Comments