The team from Sydney’s East are longstanding competitors of the Shute Shield, having formed back in March of 1900.The “Beasties” have produced a number of state and international representatives including Dally Messenger and Tim Gavin, while winning a total of 79 Premierships across all grades as well as a total of nine club Championships.Easts’ home ground of Woollahra Oval in Sydney’s Rose Bay is currently undergoing a facelift, with the field being laid with astro-turf technology that matches the all-weather fields used in the northern hemisphere.
Originally established in 1927, the team from Gordon are also referred to as the Highlanders. Gordon’s First Grade side has won the premiership eight times between 1952 and 1998 and have won the Club Championship 13 times.Gordon also boast a strong junior representative side made up from village clubs Chatswood, Hornsby, Killara / West Pymble, Lane Cove, Lindfield, Roseville, St Ives and Wahroonga.Now a regular starter at the NSW Waratahs and has earned himself a Test Cap, flanker Jack Dempsey made his First Grade start with the Highlanders.Their home ground is located at Chatswood Oval on Sydney’s North Shore.
Established in 1900 as a results of the merger of two clubs in the Pirates and the Wallaroos, the red-and-black clad team call North Sydney Oval home.Norths pulled off their first Shute Shield Premiership victory in over 40 years in 2016 under the guise of Simon Cron, remaining undefeated until mid-way through the 2017 season. After a stint with Australian U20’s team, Cron joins the NSW Waratahs coaching staff for 2018.Among the Shoremen are NSW Waratahs’ Cam Clark, Bryce Hegarty, Irae Simone and Michael Wells.
The Emus, formally known as the Nepean District and hail from Sydney’s Western Suburbs, operate out of their home ground Nepean Rugby Park.The club’s catchment area is the Nepean Hawkesbury Valley region, from Campbelltown in the South to Hawkesbury, Richmond, Blacktown and the Blue Mountains.Former Wallaby Julian Huxley now operates as the Head Coach for the team which was established back in 1965.
Residing in the Sutherland Shire, the Souths boys call Sylvania Waters’ Forshaw Park home.Referred to as the Rebels, the team in red, sky blue, black and white was formed in 1989 by the amalgamation of St George and Port Hacking rugby clubsOver the years the team from the south of Sydney has produced a number of Super Rugby and Wallabies players, including Rob Horne and Jed Holloway in more recent times.Souths made it into the Shute Shield’s 2017 finals series, progressing to the qualifiers after finding some great form in the back half of the season.
Cross town rivals to the Manly Marlins, the Warringah Rats are the current reigning Premiers of the Shute Shield competition after knocking off Norths in the Final.Head Coach Darren Coleman made the move from Eastern Suburbs and is also the coach of 2016 NRC Grand Finalists, the NSW Country Eagles.The Rats play a very particular attacking style of rugby and have a knack of finishing tries from every corner of the pitch. Not only do they possess the firepower in the backs, but the ratio of mobility and physicality in the engine room is what made them the 2017 Premiers.While the boys got the bickies in the Shute Shield, the Ratettes also showed they are no easy target by defeating the juggernaut of Sydney University in the Jack Scott Cup Final earlier this year.
Affectionately known as the “Woodies”, the men from Eastwood possess a rich history of sporting success on and off the field dating back to 1947.After making it as far as the semi-finals in 2017 when Norths put their campaign to a dramatic end, Eastwood last won the Premiership back in 2015.The Woods have produced several Wallabies representatives over the years, including Benn Robinson, Matt Dunning and Lachie Turner.The Woodies are based at the iconic TG Millner Field located in Sydney’s Marsfield.
Regular contenders in the Shute Shield finals, the Marlins are based out of Manly Oval on the sunny Northern Beaches.Manly share the region with arch-rivals the Warringah Rats, with each local derby receiving plenty of attention from the rugby community as supporters flock to the Village Green in support of their team.The Marlins are known for their strong culture that spans all the way from First Grade all the way down to the bottom.In 2017, Manly were crowned Minor Premiers after leading the competition ladder by a generous gap the entire season.
The Two Blues from Parramatta, first established in 1879 as ‘Cumberland’, have been in Sydney’s Premiership competition for over 130 years and is one of five clubs to have never been relegated from the league.The Club first won the Premiership back in 1977, and again consecutively in 1985 and 1986.Also hosting a strong Women’s XV’s team, the Two Blues have produced a number NSW Waratahs, Wallabies and Wallaroos over the years.
Randwick Rugby Union Club was formed in 1882, calling Coogee Oval in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs home.Arch rivals to the “Beasties”, the Galloping Greens have produced a number of former and current NSW Waratahs and Wallabies. Since 1933, there hasn’t been a single International Wallabies Tour that has not featured a Randwick player.In 2017, Randwick’s First Grade side qualified for the Shute Shield finals series, unfortunately not passing the opening round after falling to the would-be Premiers, Warringah.The likes of Ned Hanigan and Andrew Kellaway, products of the Gen Blue U20 pathway, played most of their adult rugby with the Wicks. Other notable Randwick players include the Ella Brothers and Michael Cheika.
Arguably one of the most consistent teams in the Shute Shield, Sydney University is the oldest Rugby Union club in the world outside of Britain with its origins tracing back to a single match played on university grounds in 1865.Over the years, the Students have come away with 22 Club Championships earning 13 of those titles in just as many years.The Colts program saw all three grades entering the 2017 Finals in which 1sts Colts winning the silverware. Sydney University Women’s team are also a force to be reckoned with, after winning the Jack Scott Cup in 2015 and 2016, losing to the Warringah Ratettes in 2017.Sydney Uni have also produced a large number of Wallabies with Tahs Tom Robertson and Tolu Latu among the most recently capped.
Located in Concord in Sydney’s Inner West, the Pirates are led by former Melbourne Rebels’ Head Coach, Todd Louden.Known for their physicality and their capacity to ‘giant slay’ in the competition, Wests narrowly missed out on a shot at finals after finding great form on the field in the back half of the season.West Harbour’s playmaker Tayler Adams won the 2017 Ken Catchpole Medal for Shute Shield’s best and fairest player of the year.