Ahead of the upcoming metropolitan rugby season, with on-campus activities returning, UNSW and Randwick District Rugby Union Club last Friday came together for the first time in two years to celebrate seven years of partnership.

The partnership ensures Randwick players have access to the best programs supporting both their rugby and academic ambitions.

In turn, it helps Randwick attract and retain the best talent in the Shute Shield competition whilst providing pathways to UNSW study evidenced by the Randwick Rugby/St Hillier’s Scholarships awarded each year.

Watts and Jensen were last month selected in a preliminary Junior Wallaby squad. Among the players to have benefitted from the partnership are Wallabies Andrew Kellaway and Ned Hannigan, plus NSW Waratahs James Ramm, Triston Reilly and Dylan Pietsch

Reilly and Piestch have also represented the Australian Men’s Rugby Sevens on the international circuit.

Both Simon Poidevin and UNSW Director of Wellbeing, Neil Morris, were in attendance on Friday at The Roundhouse within campus, speaking to the benefits of the partnership.

In sharing his own experiences of studying at UNSW, Poidevin identified the extra support that now exists at Randwick Rugby and UNSW to ensure that today's players are best positioned to achieve their goals, on and off the field.

In receiving the scholarship, Gabe follows in the footsteps of older brothers, Christian and former Elite Athlete scholar, water polo player Jean-Luc.

After the abandonment of last season’s Shute Shield due to Sydney’s COVID-19 outbreak, the new campaign for Randwick starts on Saturday April 2, against Eastwood.

UNSW welcome event for Randwick Rugby scholars at The Roundhouse.

Randwick players and UNSW students with Simon Poidevin and UNSW Director of Wellbeing, Neil Morris, at The Roundhouse, Friday 11 March (Credit: UNSW).