Tahs Together is the 2013 HSBC 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 HSBC 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 HSBC 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
This annual Sydney Charity event will this year see a number of NSW players, including Tom kingston, along with Tah Man lead groups of participants and junior rugby teams in the challanging hill sprint race.
Junior Club Blitz
Wednesday 5 or Thursday 6 June
The second leg of our Junior Club Blitz entails all NSW players visiting up to 35 Junior Clubs around Sydney and passing on their skills and knowledge at the club's evening training session.
Location: Beauchamp Park, Nicholson St, Chatswood Time: 5:30 - 6:30pm Players from The HSBC Waratahs squad will be passing on there skills and knowledge to all U6 - U12 who register under the COMMUNITY section at waratahs.com.au.
Location: Sylvania Rugby Club, AR hurst Reserve, The Promenade in 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.
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
On Tuesday May 14, 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 HSBC 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.
Photos available on HSBC Waratahs Facebook.
Location: Sydney Convention Centre, Darling Harbour Time: TBC HSBC Waratahs players will be meeting fans at the Body Science stand.
Location: The Armidale school, 28 Barney St, Armidale
Photos available on the HSBC Waratahs Facebook site.
Location: Manly Beach Time: 10am to 2pm
Photos available on the HSBC Waraaths Facebook site.
Location: Royal Motor Yacht Club, Newport NSW HSBC Waratahs Lachlan Turner & Greg Peterson will be attending the lunch
Michael Cheika, Dave Dennis and Wycliff Palu joined the Penrith Rugby Club for their 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 HSBC 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.
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.
Learn-Earn-Legend, a program set out to encourage indigenous students, gained the support of the HSBC Waratahs when players Rob Horne and Ollie Atkins visited regional schools in Bathust and Orange.
A big shout out to our HSBC 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!
For 14-year old HSBC Waratahs’ fan, Gus Larkin, the HSBC Waratahs’ trial match against the Crusaders was an evening to remember. Gus, who was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2010, enjoyed one of the best views of the match and was a special guest of Volvo Car Australia, proud supporters of Cure For Life Foundation, the HSBC Waratahs’ chosen matchday charity.
Damien Fitzpatrick joined some newcomers to the game, at T.G. Milner for some skills and drills.
Hosted by Rebel Sport, Chatswood, the session saw the entire HSBC Waratahs squad sign autographs and mingle with fans.
HSBC 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 HSBC Waratahs took to the Hunter region for a short training camp and fan day before the Christmas break.
Photos available on the HSBC Waratahs Facebook site.
Lachie Turner and Cam Crawford helped out with the Christmas Spit Roast and joined in the tag rugby fun at Loftberg Oval, West Pymble.
Lachie Turner, Brendan Mckibbin, Ollie Atkins and Damien Fitzpatrick were sold as a team in a Calcutta Auction then competed in the 4x50 m relay swimming race!
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.
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).
HSBC Waratah half-backs 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.
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.