Tahs Together is the 2013 NSW Waratahs' community program that will see players and coaches out and about joining supporters and rugby communities across NSW throughout the season.
Through hundreds of activities and events, the NSW Waratahs aim to engage with all supporters across the state as part of its support of grassroots rugby. Each year, Waratahs Rugby contributes well over $1,000,000 to support the development of the grassroots game through grants and payments to the New South Wales Rugby Union.
The NSW Waratahs are proud to represent the state of NSW and work hard to support local communities throughout NSW through our Tahs Together community program.
In 2013, we will continue to hit the road to join supporters and rugby communities across NSW throughout the season. Through hundreds of activities and events, our aim is to engage with all supporters across the state as part of our support of grassroots rugby.
Use our list of forthcoming events below to find out what’s planned in your area or check out the photos from past activities from our Tahs Together posts below or from the Waratahs’ Facebook wall
Location: UNE Barbarians Club, Armidale
Pat McCutcheon will be joining players for the club's annual presentation night.
Location: Cathedral Square, Sydney
Players will be present to show their support for their rugby colleagues
Location: Concord Oval
All NSW players not involved in the Wallabies squad or in the Shute Shield Grand Final will be at the ground, supporting club rugby and presenting awards to the winners of the lower grade games.
Location: SCEGGS, Darliinghurst
Pat McCutcheon spoke to year 12 HSC students about to complete their PDHPE exam in October.
Location: Yamba Buccaneers Junior Rugby Club
Yamba boy Jed Holloway joined Lower Clarence Primary School for its 10-a-side primary school competition - named in his honour as the Jed Holloway Shield.
Location: BSG Office, Level 24, 363 George Street, Sydney
Lachie Turner will join a couple of other players in answering phones of the exchange floor for trading
Location: St Lukes, Concord
Michael Hodge, Tatafu Polota Nau, Benn Robinson and Tah Man headed over to Concord for the 50+ Sydney Juniors local grand finals.
Location: Ryde Oval
Cam Crawford attended Ryde Oval for the Saturday matches in the juniors’ grand finals series. Cam was extremely impressed with the quality and intensity of both the Under 10s and Under 11s competitions.
Location: Macquarie Street Shopping Centre
Local juniors Lachie Turner and Cam Crawford returned to Macquarie shopping mall as they provided the entertainment for the town’s dads as part of the Father’s Day weekend.
Waratahs captain Dave Dennis travelled to the state’s Central West as he and the Forbes faithful celebrated the achievements of the local rugby club’s juniors.
Coogee started a bumper week of grand finals across the state as the junior winter competition draws to a close. Jeremy Tilse was on hand to enjoy some spirited performances from the juniors taking part in their respective grand finals.
Location: Parade Grounds, Centennial Park
Speed and agility were the order of the day when the rugby sevens Coast Cup hit Centennial Park and the Waratahs sent over two men who know a thing or two about both, with Matt Lucas and Cam Crawford attending the tournament and enjoying the young talent on display.
Location: Newington College, Stanmore
Michael Cheika was joined by players Ben Volavola and Will Skelton at Newington College’s annual event.
Pat McCutcheon continued a busy month, heading to Trinity College in Burwood to support their ‘Rippa Rugby’ Program.
Location: Drummoyne Public School, Drummoyne
Pat McCutcheon was a big hit at the pass the ball station, having fun with and helping the 1000+ children attending.
Location: St Nicholas High School, Tamworth
NSW Waratahs prop Paddy Ryan flew back to Tamworth to support his former high school St. Nicholas in the LBK Solicitors Cup, as they soared to notch a 31-7 victory over Calrossy to claim the primary division title.
Location: Briars Pub
Greg Peterson was present at Briars Pub for Bowral Rugby Club's junior fundraiser to raise funds to upgrade their clubhouse
Location: Waverley College
NSW flanker Pat McCutcheon was a guest at the Waverley College for the school’s winter awards night where he presented awards to the talented students and engaged in some rugby Q&A.
Tah Man was on hand for the inaugural rugby connect presentation day for the special needs children who participated in the 12-week program, presenting kids from both the Lindfield and Maroubra centres with medals.
Location: Denzil Joyce Oval, Abbot Rd, North Curl Curl
One of the state’s newest rugby clubs celebrated its Under 8s and Under 9s grand finals and Greg Peterson and the Tah Man were on hand to see the spirited juniors compete and rewarded them with autographs and photos after their deciders.
Location: University Oval
Tah Man had a ball, supporting club rugby by strutting his stuff and posing with hundreds of ladies and little ones at SURC's annual Ladies Day.
Location: Narrabeen Sports High
Lachie Turner joined a host of athletes from all sports to promote rugby, passing on his enthusiasm and skills tips to the school's students.
Location: Beauchamp Oval, Chatswood
The NSW Waratahs travelled to Chatswood for their final regional clinic. Of the seven players attending, local hero Cam Crawford proved a firm favourite with for the 300 juniors in attendance.
Location: Baulkham Hills JRFC
Tah Man turned into ‘king of the hill’ when he ventured down to Baulkham Hills for the club’s rugby gala day. The mascot watched the kids show off their skills as he posed for photos with the locals throughout the day.
Location: St Ignatius College, Riverview
Brendan Mckibbin, Michael Hodge and Matt Lucas visited St Ignatius College for the final Camp Waratah for 2013. The trio had photos with the campers and signed autographs for the juniors.
Location: Newington College, Stanmore
Camp Waratah goes metropolitan as the first of two two-day metro camps takes place in Stanmore. The 70 parfticipants got an added bonus when NSW coach Michael Cheika moved squad training to take place there immediately beforehand and finished with autograph opportunities.
Location: Blackmore Oval, Balmain
Waratahs centre Tom Carter and rugby legend Rod Kafer visited Balmain Rugby Club’s junior holiday camp where the pair ran the players through drills and spoke to the juniors about what it means to be a professional rugby player.
Location: St Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill
Matt Lucas teamed up with Waratahs speedster, Cam Crawford, for a school rugby skill-improvement clinic. Fun was the goal for the day, as the 70 students displayed their skills alongside their classmates.
Location: Allianz Stadium, Moore Park
The NSW Waratahs kicked off the preparations for their final game of the season with a free kick clinic at Allianz Stadium. The 250 youngsters from all around NSW joined their NSW Waratahs heroes Berrick Barnes and Adam Ashley-Cooper for kicking skills while Benn Robinson was also on hand to entertain the juniors and give advice on how to improve other parts of their game.
Location: Weebolla Rugby Club
Although injury has prevented his participation on the pitch, nothing could stop centre Michael Hodge from getting stuck in at the Moree camp, attended by 100 rugby-mad youngsters.
Location: Kinross Wolaroi school
Everyone's favourite hooker, Tatafu Polota Nau, joined the region's rugby development team in Orange for the biggest of the regional camps, entertaining and educating over 150 kids.
Location: Newcastle Sportsground No 2 and No 5
Newcastle was the other destination on day one, with Tamworth local Paddy Ryan feeling right at home as he headed north to join over 100 of the region's youngsters.
Location: Lismore Rugby Club
The first day of this year's camps saw Lachie Turner make the 1250km round trip from Waratahs HQ to join 85 of the region's rugby mad youngsters for the ever-popular skills and drills camps.
Location: UNSW training fields, Daceyville
NSW Waratah Matt Lucas joined Australian Sports Camps to impart his knowledge and first-hand experience during one of their three-day rugby specific camps.
Location: Chillingworth Oval, Armidale
NSW Paddy Ryan headed home to Tamworth and visited the Armidale Diocesan rugby trials at Chillingworth Oval and caught up with kids from around the region, including youngsters from his old school, St Nicholas' Primary, and paid a visit to one of his former clubs, the Tamworth Pirates.
Location: Enterainment Quarter, Moore Park
Tatafu Polota-Nau joined a panel of rugby legends to speak at the Hearts in Union fundraiser to support injured players
Location: Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick
Ollie Atkins, Jeremy Tilse, Michael Hodge, Cam Crawford and Brendan McKibbin enjoyed arts and crafts at Sydney Children’s Hospital as the Waratahs spent some time with patients during the holiday period.
Location: T.G Milner Field, Eastwood
Damien Fitzpatrick, Mitchell Chapman, Tatafu Polota Nau, Michael Hodge, Luke Holmes and Greg Peterson attended the Grand Finals of the NSW Junior Junior State Championships, addressing the teams before the finals and making presentations upon completion of the game.
15 May - June 6
Location: Junior Clubs across Sydney
The Waratahs looked to end term two with a bang as the players hit each and every one of the 53 junior clubs currently involved in Sydney competitions. The first week saw the Waratahs tackle the state’s 18 biggest clubs, with week two marking Waratahs player visits to each of the 35 other teams’ training sessions to give some junior tips.
Tom Kingston and Tah Man joined thousands in the annual Sydney Charity event.
Location: Leonay Golf Club
Greg Peterson represented the Waratahs and presented jerseys to the Penrith Junior rep team made up of players from the Western District
Location: Sylvania Rugby Club, Sylvania.
The third of four Tahs Junior Clinics took place on Monday evening May 27 with NSW players Kane Douglas, Jed Holloway, Ben Volovola, Dave Dennis and Rob Horne joining plenty of yougnsters and local talent for a great few hours of rugby activities.
Tatafu Polota Nau spent the day at Penrith's University of Western sydney as part of a Learn Earn Legend Camp with participants to assist with their development.
Location: Easts Rugby Club
The second of four Tahs Junior Clinics got underway on Monday night, with NSW players Brendan McKibbin, Paddy Ryan, Ollie Atkins, Tom Kingston, Michael Hodge, Cam Crawford, Matt Lucas and Grayson Hart joining over 300 youngsters at Easts Rugby Club
Location: Easts Rugby Club
The second of four Tahs Junior Clinics got underway on Monday night, with NSW players Brendan McKibbin, Paddy Ryan, Ollie Atkins, Tom Kingston, Michael Hodge, Cam Crawford, Matt Lucas and Grayson Hart joining over 300 youngsters at Easts Rugby Club.
Location: Kingsdene Oval
Eight NSW players including Israel Folau, Bernard Foley and Peter Betham headed to Carlingford’s North Rocks Club to joined hundreds more young players for the first of four Tahs Junior Clinics.
Location: The Kings School
The King's School in North Parramatta played host to an open training session on Tuesday that enabled hundreds of spectators the chance to witness the NSW Waratahs being put through their paces, before joining them on The King’s School’s pitch for an on-field signing session and photo opportunities.
Location: Manly Beach
Last Sunday, Tah Man put his reputation on the line and challenged Healthy Harold to a sprint-off as part of the mascot race at the Soft Sand Shuffle on Manly Beach. It was a great day to raise awareness of youth mental health issues.
Location: Darling Harbour
Damien Fitzpatrick and Grayson Hart from the NSW Waratahs attended the Starlight Charity Event, which consisted a 'Nerf Gun Challenge', where they competed against kids in an obstacle course
Location: Sydney Convention Centre, Darling Harbour Time: TBC NSW Waratahs players will be meeting fans at the Body Science stand.
Berrick Barnes from the NSW Waratahs joined plenty of youngsters and local talent for a few great hours of rugby activities, passing on his skills and knowldge to the Newington juniors
Location: The Armidale school, 28 Barney St, Armidale
Photos available on the NSW Waratahs Facebook site.
Location: Manly Beach Time: 10am to 2pm
NSW players joined surfing legends including Kelly Slater for a charity surf comp hosted on Manly Beach and enjoyed by thousands of sun and surf-loving Sydney-siders.
Pat McCutcheon of the NSW Waratahs joined plenty of youngsters and local talent for a few hours of rugby activities passing on his skills and knowledge at the Dubbo Roos training session
Photos available on the NSW Waraaths Facebook site.
Pat McCutcheon of the NSW Waratahs met several young fans at the Dubbo Primary District Carnival and presented awards to the winners.
Location: The Bay Sports Club
Tatafu Polota Nau of the NSW Waratahs joined Central Coast Rugby to help launch the start of their new season.
Location: Royal Motor Yacht Club, Newport NSW NSW Waratahs Lachie Turner and Greg Peterson attended the lunch, congratulating the club and supporting the local community.
Michael Cheika, Dave Dennis and Wycliff Palu joined the Penrith Rugby Club for its 2013 Season Opening Night
Fans and supporters were given the chance to meet players, grab autographs and photos, pick up a team poster and enjoy a load of activities and giveaways on offer before kick off of the NSW Waratahs v Blues Sunday afternoon game. Fan day was open to everyone and entry was free.
Tatafu Polota Nau and Wycliff Palu headed to Holroyd Oval, Merrylands for the annual Taki Toa tournament. The day-long festival celebrates Pacific Island and Maori cultures and included a powhiri (Maori welcoming ceremony), netball tournament, food stalls, haka challenge and the event’s main attraction – the Taki Toa rugby tournament.
Former Knox student Carter had his head shaved as part of the World's Greatest Shave event, while Polota-Nau sprayed his cornrows blue as part of the school's attempt to raise over $15000 for research into Leukaemia and other blood-related cancers.
Kane Douglas and Jeremy Tilse resorted to extreme measures to support the final day of one Illawarra club's Try Rugby Campaign by travelling via helicopter out to Camden Park to educate the game's local youngsters.
Ben Volavola and Grayson Hart greeted and signed autographs, for young athletes who gathered for a night of celebrating junior sporting talent in the local community.
Ben Peter Betham visited Trinity College and took some up and coming rugby stars through a series of skills and drills.
Learn, Earn, Legend! a program set out to encourage indigenous students, gained the support of the NSW Waratahs when players Rob Horne and Ollie Atkins visited regional schools in Bathust and Orange.
A big shout out to our NSW Waratahs’ members who attended the pre-season party held at the Hard Rock Cafe. As well as being a huge success, it was a very enjoyable evening!
Brave Tahs' fan Gus Larkin (14) with his brother and cousin enjoyed the best seats in the house at the Crusaders trial match as VIP guests of Volvo, proud supporters of Cure For Life Foundation, the matchday charity.
Damien Fitzpatrick joined some newcomers to the game, at T.G. Millner for some skills and drills.
Cam Crawford and Matt Lucas visited patients at Randwick Children's Hospital and put on a rockstar performance for the children in the starlight express room
Jeremy Tilse and Damien Fitzpatrick of the NSW Waratahs visited patients at the Prince of Wales Spinal Unit
Hosted by Rebel Sport, Chatswood, the session saw the entire NSW Waratahs squad sign autographs and mingle with fans.
Jeremy Tilse and Michael Hodge joined the attendees of the carnival to answer questions and inform them about the importance of healthy life choices.
NSW Waratahs Pat McCutcheon and Sam Lane flew to Armidale for the final day of the annual New England Mutual National Rugby Camp to have a run, observe the talent and offer tips to all involved.
The NSW Waratahs took to the Hunter region for a short training camp and fan day before the Christmas break, meeting local fans through open training sessions and a fan day.
Lachie Turner and Cam Crawford helped out with the Christmas Spit Roast and joined in the tag rugby fun at Loftberg Oval, West Pymble.
The squad visited a number of seriously ill and hospitalised kids at Sydney Children's Hospital in Randwick, to brighten up their day with Christmas presents.
David Dennis visited Randwick Primary School to present their sports day awards and give some advice to the local school talent
Peter Betham visited Hills Sports High's Awards Night and gave a brief account on his journey to becoming a professional rugby player
Rugby fans joined Pat McCutcheon and fellow players Damien Fitzpatrick, Lachie Turner, Grayson Hart, Tom Kingston, Sam Lane, Jed Holloway, Jeremy Tilse and Greg Paterson in the CBD on Friday December 7 for the Strut the Streets event run by AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience).
Tahman, Cam Crawford and Sam Lane attended the Junior Rugby Gala Night, held at Kellyville Ridge Sports Centre involving 1300 kids and 33 Walla Tag rugby finals. TahMan provided sideline entertainment whilst Cam and Sam assisted with the refereeing of matches.
Lachie Turner, Brendan McKibbin, Ollie Atkins and Damien Fitzpatrick were sold as a team in a Calcutta Auction then competed in the 4x50m swimming relay.
Michael Hodge joined plenty of youngsters for a couple of hours of rugby activities, passing on his skills and knowldge
NSW Waratah halfbacks Grayson Hart and Matt Lucas joined students at Cranbrook Junior School in the final session of summer fitness program that ran at the school over the last six weeks.
Rob, Matt, Lachie and Lopeti joined Tah Man and the masses for the annual Beach Walk for Brain Cancer held at Shelly Beach in South Curl Curl.
Well done to Greg, Ollie, Jed and Sam who were among hundreds to Sydneysiders to complete this annual Eastern Suburbs event.
Freshie locals Luke Holmes and the legendary Phil Kearns and their families hit Freshie beach to represent us in the charity ironman.
A great day was had by all with the squad and staff joining hundreds of fans on Coogee Beach for one of our popular meet the team events and public signing session.
To thank our members for their support, players Jeremy and Grayson hit Sydney’s CBD to surprise four 2013 lucky members, including life-long member Adam Lancaster (see photo).
Club captain and country boy Pat McCutcheon hit the highway, making the 1000km round tri to the Riverina City of Wagga Wagga to visit pupils at the Mater Dei Primary School, presenting their Blues Awards at the Annual Sports Awards
Dynamic duo Jed (from Yamba) and Bernard blitzed the Far North Coast, visiting Byron Bay Public School, Bangalow Primary School, St Finbarr's Primary School and Wollongbar Alstonville Rugby Club in an attempt to make union converts of the region’s league-mad youngsters.
Players Tom K, Greg, Grayson and Ollie hit the Northern Suburbs, joining over 500 Balmoral Nippers for a TAH-RIFFIC morning of fun in the sun, involving beach races, swimming, obstacle courses and a tug-o-war.
Bondi-local Ollie went back to school for the day, joining pupils at Bondi Public School for a rugby skills session and Q&A.
Michael Hodge, Damien Fitzpatrick, Lachie Turner, Luke Holmes, Grayson Hsrt, Greg Peterson and Coach Michael Cheika took part in a fan phone session, answering calls and chatting to members.
Aussie Sevens star and NSW newcomer Matt Lucas joined students from St Brigid’s Primary School in Marrickville for a game of the tag-based chasing game bullrush, also taking part in a range of sporting activities and handing out mini footballs.
The latest of our Starlight visits, this time it was John and Jed who had the pleasure of spending time with the wonderful youngsters and staff in the Starlight Express room at the Children’s Hospital in Randwick.
Our second year joining Volvo in supporting the wonderful the Cure for Life Foundation, Pat, Bernard, Rob and Sam joined Olympic sprinter Matt Shirvington to get all the walkers warmed up and ready at the Centennial Park event.
Heading to St Ives, Pat joined kids and parents at Corpus Christi School for the latest Volvo Skills Challenge event, handing out backpacks and mini footballs and enjoying the school fete atmosphere.
Cam and Jeremy were among hundreds of rugby fans to enjoy an awesome afternoon of sevens fun and footy at the annual Central Coast Sevens tournament. Also drawing a crowd on the day was Tah Man’s attempt to tackle Jujutsu, which earned him a cheer as well as a few bruises!
Pupils at Bondi Public School will benefit from a restocked library and improved classroom and sporting programs, thanks in part to the efforts of TahMan, who was the star attraction at the Halloween-themed school fete which raised over $50,000.
Cam Crawford and Jeremy Tilse joined local youngsters for a session of rugby activities passing on their skills and knowledge.
The NSW Waratahs squad joined Alumni for an evening of drinks and rugby banter.
Dave Dennis from the NSW Waratahs squad joined plenty of youngsters and local talent for a great few hours of rugby activities passing on their skills and knowledge.
Tom Kingston visited the women's sevens trials and helped give them pointers on improving their skills.
Rob Horne joined plenty of youngsters and local talent for a couple of hours of rugby activities passing on his skills and knowledge.