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NSW Rugby To Build A New $20m Centre Of Excellence


NSW Rugby has announced plans for a new $20 million Centre of Excellence in Daceyville with construction to start next year.

The NSW Government will front the $20 million investment to provide facilities for not just the Waratahs, but it will be the central “hub” for all community rugby in the state of NSW, including a home to charity partner the NSW Positive Rugby Foundation, and possibly others.

“We have been working towards this goal for a long time and to have this investment confirmed today is a massive boost for what we are looking to achieve,” NSW Rugby boss, Andrew Hore said in a statement.

“Our goal is to create a home for the whole of the game, from our administrators, charity partners, rugby supporters, members and our NSW representative teams.

“While there will be an element of high performance to continue to produce the best male and female rugby talent in Australia at all levels, this facility represents the communities that make up our game,” he said.

The Daceyville headquarters is just the “first step” in a much bigger plan for Rugby in NSW, with Western Sydney also a major focus.

“The longer-term plan is to have hubs of rugby around the city and the state, this is stage one of a bigger plan for rugby.

“We have already started talking to the Minister about western Sydney.

“The Positive Rugby Foundation, one of their coterie arms will be to grow investment into western Sydney.

“On top of that, the NSW Rugby element we are already talking to the State Government and the strategy department in and around bringing in cultural populations and people who are new to Australia, and offering them opportunities through rugby to be involved in Australian society.

“Rugby has a whole plan for western Sydney that we are looking to enact, and we have started on that path.”

The new Daceyville development is expected to turn dirt late next year.

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