SOME of New Zealand’s best amateur players will take on the Beecroft club at Headen Park, Thornleigh, on Friday night.
The touring New Zealand Middleweights team face Beecroft’s Whippets, who are their under-85kg equivalents and won the NSW Suburban title last year.
Beecroft president Howard Baynie said there was plenty of excitement about hosting the visitors.
“The strength of 85kg rugby in New Zealand is ahead in leaps and bounds of what it is in Australia,” he said.
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Hornsby and Upper North Shore Advocate
INTERNATIONAL rugby is coming to the northern district this Friday night, when the Kiwis arrive to test the mettle of Beecroft’s finest.
The match, between the all-conquering Beecroft Whippets Under-85kg side and the visiting New Zealand Barbarians, will be a showcase of “running rugby” at its best. Kick-off will be at 7pm.
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Northern District Times
In the lead up to next Friday March 20th match against the NZ “Middleweight’ Barbarians please note the following training schedule for the Beecroft Rugby Club.
Thursday 12th March – Training at Headen Park, 6.30pm. On rain, hail or shine – Boots and All!
Saturday 14th March – Training at Headen Park, 9.30am.
Wednesday 18th March – Training at Headen Park, 6.30pm ‘SHARP’
Whippets no lightweights when they hit the field. SUBURBAN Rugby Union’s all-conquering Beecroft Whippets Under 85kg team will take on the touring New Zealand National Middleweights in a trans-Tasman showdown here on Friday, March 20.
The match will be under lights at the Whippets’ Headen Park, Thornleigh, home ground.
Beecroft Rugby Club president Howard Baynie views the contest as a kick-start to the 2009 rugby season.
“With both teams at full strength and with big local support as well as expatriate Kiwis it should be a great event,” he said.
Securing the fixture reflects the international reputation the Beecroft side has built within the NSW Suburban Rugby structure.
“The touring side actually sought to play us as reigning champions of the ‘lightweight’ division,” Beecroft coaching director Steve Broughton-Rouse said.
Rugby aficionados regard the Under 85kg as their code “at its old-fashioned best”.
Headen Park is at Sinclair Avenue, Thornleigh.
Kick-off will be at 6.30pm
Northern District Times. 5th March
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Working Bee, Headen Park 8am. Saturday March 7th
Registration Night, ELV Seminar, Waratahs v Brumbies, Epping Hotel 6pm. Friday March 13th
Trial versus Kings, TBC. Saturday March 14th
Beecroft Rugby Club Under 85kg Whippets versus NZ Barbarian Middleweights, Headen Park 6.30pm. Friday March 20th
Trial versus Colleagues, Headen Park. Saturday March 21st
Trial versus St Patrick’s, Headen Park. Saturday March 28th
Season Launch/Grading Day, Epping Hotel 2pm. Sunday March 29th