For more than five years the NSW Rugby Union and NSW Waratahs have operated as separate entities. While the decision helped to improve areas of the business at the time, what it also did was to create a divide between the professional and community sides of rugby union in New South Wales.
There was a clear message that NSWRU and the Waratahs needed to build stronger working relationships with Clubs, improve the delivery of services and programmes and build a strong connection between the grassroots sport and the NSW Waratahs.
The NSW Waratahs rely on strong Clubs and rugby development across New South Wales. Equally the grassroots rely on the NSW Waratahs developing ‘leaders’ in the sport that can help attract more people to play rugby.
Rugby Union in New South Wales has a proud history both at the Club level and at a representative level, the NSW Waratahs.
In 2016, the decision was made to bring to two organisations back together under one management model, with one vision and one strategy to grow the game of rugby across the State of New South Wales.