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The Sydney Stars is an Australian rugby union football team that competes in the National Rugby Championship (NRC). The Stars team was formed as a joint venture between the Sydney University and Balmain rugby clubs, and is one of four New South Wales teams in the competition.
The NRC was launched in 2014, reinstating the national competition after an absence of six years. Sydney University was initially interested in entering the NRC competition as a stand-alone club, but submitted a joint bid with Balmain as the Sydney Stars.
Colours and logo
The Sydney Stars' colours of gold, blue and black are drawn from the rugby clubs of Sydney University and Balmain. The team logo is the name "Sydney" in blue capitals outlined in white above the name "Stars" in gold capitals outlined in blue, and with the central letter "A" formed as the top point of a stylised five-pointed star, also in gold and outlined in blue. The entire design is outlined in black.
The previous national competition was the Australian Rugby Championship (ARC), which was discontinued in 2007 after only one season. After setting up a consultative process in 2006 which culminated in a working session of some 70 delegates from around the country, the Australian Rugby Union announced that a new eight-team national competition would commence in 2007. New South Wales was allocated three teams and it was decided that representative teams would be formed to play out of the Central Coast, Western Sydney, and Sydney. The decision was controversial because two New South Wales clubs, Sydney University and Randwick, had wanted to enter stand-alone teams in the new competition.
Sydney Fleet (ARC team)
The Sydney Fleet was formed as one of three New South Wales teams to participate in the ARC. The Fleet's colors were blue and gold, the same colours used by past teams representing all of Sydney. The team's local rivals were the Western Sydney Rams and Central Coast Rays.
The logo of the Sydney Fleet featured a traditional anchor, similar to that on the Coat of arms of Sydney. The name, logo and team colours were revealed at the official launch of the team held aboard the museum ship HMAS Vampire at the Australian National Maritime Museum, in Darling Harbour on 27 February 2007.
Existing clubs aligned with the Sydney Fleet included Sydney University, Randwick, Eastern Suburbs and Southern Districts. The team played at North Sydney Oval which was also the home ground of the Northern Suburbs Rugby Club, although that club was aligned with the Central Coast Rays team for the ARC competition.
Head coach of the Sydney Fleet was Col "Snake" Jeffs, who was also the NSW Country head coach at the time. Former Wallaby and Waratah Scott Bowen (Easts head coach) and former Waratah and Italy Test lock Mark Giacheri (Randwick head coach) were the assistant coaches. Tim Davidson was the captain.
The Australian Rugby Championship was terminated at the end of 2007 after only one season of competition, with the Australian Rugby Union citing higher costs than budgeted and further projected financial losses. The Sydney Fleet team was disbanded with the end of the ARC competition.
Year Pos Pld W D L F A +/- BP Pts Play-offs 2007 5th 8 4 0 4 212 244 −32 4 20 Did not compete
National Rugby Championship
In December 2013, the ARU announced that the national competition was to be relaunched, with the National Rugby Championship (NRC) commencing in 2014. Expressions of interest were open to any interested parties, with the accepted bids finalised in early 2014. The Sydney University initially expressed interest in entering the NRC competition as a stand-alone club. However, a joint venture between Sydney University and Balmain rugby club (run by Sydney businessman Warren Livingstone, founder of the sports-tourism group Fanatics) was successful. On 24 March 2014 it was announced that the Sydney Stars team would play in the NRC competition.
Sydney University's coach Chris Malone was named as the head coach of the Sydney Stars, with Cameron Blades as forwards coach and Peter Playford as backs coach. Jack Farrar and Matt Dunning were appointed as support personnel. Pat McCutcheon was named as captain.
The home ground for the Sydney Stars is Leichhardt Oval, the long-term home of rugby league team, the Balmain Tigers. The ground has primarily hosted rugby league and association football teams over the years, and is still the main home ground for the Wests Tigers rugby league team playing in the NRL competition.
(c) Denotes team captain, Bold denotes player is internationally capped, 1 denotes allocated national player additional to the contracted squad.
National Rugby Championship
Year Pos Pld W D L F A +/- BP Pts Play-offs 2014 9th 8 1 1 6 211 356 −145 1 7 Did not compete
- Chris Malone (2014)
- Pat McCutcheon (2014)
2014 Sydney Stars squad – NRC
- Jordan Chapman
- Byron Hodge
- Loma Kaveinga
- Mathew Philip
- Will Skelton1
- Ryan Wilson
- Hugo Dessens
- David Hickey
- Tipiloma Kaveinga
- Pat McCutcheon (c)
- Benn Melrose
- Samuel Quinn
- Mitchell Whiteley
- Jake Gordon
- Jock Merriman
- Nick Phipps1
- Angus Pulver
- Stuart Dunbar
- Bernard Foley1
- Daniel Kelly
- Peter Betham
- Henry Clunies-Ross
- James Dargaville
- Matthew Kenny
- Jim Stewart
- Jonny Loseli
1. Test player outside of the contracted squad.
2007 Sydney Fleet squad – ARC
- Atonio Halangahu (Randwick)
- Daniel Lewinski (Sydney Uni)
- Todd Pearce (Eastwood)
- Sam Zlatevski (Easts)
- Adam Byrnes (Easts)
- Ed Brenac (Easts)
- Will Caldwell (Sydney Uni)
- Lachlan McCutcheon (Sydney Uni)
- Matthew Whittleston (Randwick)
- Tim Davidson (Sydney Uni)
- Chris Houston (Randwick)
- Pat McCutcheon (Sydney Uni)
- Dean Mumm (Sydney Uni)
- James Price (Randwick)
- Nathan Sievert (Sydney Uni)
- Josh Valentine (Manly)
- Daniel Halangahu (Sydney Uni)
- Danny Kroll (Randwick)
- Sanualio Afeaki (Sydney Uni)
- Andrew Barrett (Souths)
- Anton La Vin (Easts)
- Junior Puroku (Easts)
- Filipo Toala (Eastwood)
- Gavin Debartolo (Easts)
- Arthur Little (Randwick)
- New South Wales Rugby Union (NSWRU)
- New South Wales Waratahs
- Shute Shield
- Sydney Uni Football Club
- Balmain Rugby Club
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