Programs & Partners.

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Richard Tombs & Guns Out Spinal Foundation

Richard Tombs and the Guns Out Spinal Foundation is the Rugby 1st primary Partner for Purpose.

Tombsy is a former NSW Waratah and Queensland Red centre and played more than 300 first class games of Rugby, including five Tests for the Wallabies and three years with Gloucester in the UK, without being seriously hurt.

Then in 2018 a tragic accident whilst competing in a soccer match resulted in a devastating spinal injury for which he required ongoing treatment and continuous rehabilitation.

During 2019, 10% of all Rugby 1st membership fees are donated directly to Guns Out to support Tombsy’s ongoing care and rehabilitation. If you are a non-member a portion of all Rugby 1st events you sign up and pay for will also be donated directly to Tombsy and are noted on an event by event basis at time of registration.

Read more about the Guns Out Foundation and spinal research.


Veteran Sport Australia

Rugby 1st signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Veteran Sport Australia on 3 May 2019.

In 2019 Rugby 1st developed and launched the Vet Friendly Club Program (VFC), which is being rolled out in NSW and QLD in 2020.  Our initiatives pave the way for veterans to be channelled to approved VFC Rugby clubs where they can take part in any aspect of the Game, including playing, coaching, administration or support. The Rugby 1st programs make it easy for veterans to connect with Rugby Clubs who are equally keen to see more veterans involved in their sport.

Read more about Veteran Sport Australia.

NSW Junior Rugby Union

Rugby 1st is proud to announce our naming rights sponsorship of the NSW Junior Girls State Championships and sleeve sponsorship for NSW Junior Teams.

In 2019 and 2020, we are proud to be naming rights sponsors of the Rugby 1st NSWJRU Girls State Championships and for both years also contribute sponsorships for the NSWJRU U16 Presidents XV.

Read more about NSWJRU.

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