2009 AwardsMarch 14, 2010
12 October 2009
Kiwi Invasion Complete
Yesterday saw the completion of the Kiwi (rugby) invasion in Australia with Scott James (President) and Matt McIntyre (Club Captain) elected unopposed to stirring applause at yesterday’s Brothers Rugby Club Sydney (BRCS) AGM.
With Kiwi’s filling positions across the rugby spectrum in Australia, it was only a matter of time before BRCS would go the same way.
Scotty becomes only the fourth non St Pius X College Old Boy (the clubs founding College) to hold the position of President since the Club’s establishment in 1947.
One of the first questions put to the new President was, “now that we have two Kiwi’s at the helm, will we be changing the name of the club from Brothers to Bro’s?” Scotty was quick to reply, “No, but we will be incorporating elocution lessons into the training regime.”
PROFILE – Scott (Tank) James: Still in his 30’s – just!
Born – New Plymouth
Attended – Massey High School, Auckland
Joined the NZ Army after school and played
rugby with his unit until he “destroyed” his shoulder,
his rugby career and his Army career in one go!
Scotty came to BRCS in 2004 where he has played
most of his rugby in 1st grade in the front row
(the shoulder wasn’t that bad after all!).
PROFILE – Matt McIntyre: 28
Born – Ashburton
Attended – Ashburton College – played in the 1st XV for
three years (Captain in his final year).
Also Attended – NZIS – New Zealand Institute of Sport
Whilst in NZ Matt played for – Southern in Ashburton and
Burnside in Christchurch. Since coming to Australia Matt has played for premier grade clubs, Penrith Emus and Northern Suburbs. Matt came to BRCS in 2008, where he gained instant selection into 1st grade and has been there ever since, winning many club awards and NSW Suburban Rugby honours along the way. In 2009 Matt was elected as Club Captain and has been doing an outstanding job ever since. His wife Emily (Club Secretary 2010) and brand new daughter, Eliza (an Australian Citizen now!) are also heavily involved at BRCS, with Matt and Emily jointly taking out one of BRCS’s most prestigious awards for 2009, the BRCS Club Person of the Year.
BRCS didn’t have one of its better seasons on the paddock in 2009, with the exception of 4th grade making the semi finals and 1st grade finding form a bit too late (knocking over one of the grand finalists along the way) in the season to make the semi’s.
When asked about BRCS for 2010, Scotty replied, “Our focus for 2010 is on player recruitment, BRCS provides a good level of competitive senior rugby, as well as a lively social scene. We will be looking for players of all ages and abilities, all are welcome! ……. and we’ve always got room for more Kiwi’s!”
Photograph – (L) Matt McIntyre (R) Scott James