Investing in Hunter Rugby


The Hawthorne Club was established in 1997 by Rugby enthusiasts to advance the game of Rugby in the Hunter. It has a diverse membership of rugby devoted, high profile businessmen and women who utilise their experience and connections to achieve our goals. We value Strategic partnerships that enable the Club to strengthen Hunter Rugby from participant and club to representative level. Additionally, creating pathways for all players in all forms of rugby and supporting referee development

Since its inception The Hawthorne Club has provided more than $850,000 in funds for the support of Rugby and its participants and in 2018 The Hawthorne Club committed $50,000 over 3 years to Women’s Rugby to support Hunter clubs, players and programs.


Our Aim

To promote sporting activities associated with the representative Rugby Union, The Newcastle Rugby Club Inc. (The Wildfires) and the sport of Rugby Union in the Hunter Region

Our Values

  • The Hawthorne Cup
  • Collaboration and Partnerships
  • People and Relationships
  • Contributing to all forms of Hunter Rugby