Hawthorne Club

Supporting hunter rugby


The Hawthorne Club was established in 1997 by a group of rugby enthusiasts as a way of supporting the Rugby Union code in Newcastle and the Hunter. 

The Club draws its name from the late Phillip Francis Hawthorne who was born in the region and played with the Australian Wallabies. To learn more about Phil and his football career, watch the video below.

Since that time the Club has grown to include almost 100 members and has raised more than $520,000 for Rugby in this region. Through strategic partnerships with Australian Rugby Union, the Hunter Academy of Sport and Newcastle Hunter Rugby Union, the Club work to:


  • Improve player pathways
  • Recruit and retain players through talent development
  • Provide programs for referees and coaches
  • Support rugby clubs throughout the region

The Club is also proud to work in partnership with and support the Hunter Region's Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.