Investing in Hunter Rugby

Some of Australia’s top former Wallabies are coming to Newcastle to help the Hawthorne Club celebrate 20 years of supporting Rugby Union in the Hunter Region.


Former Australian hookers Adam Freier, Jeremy Paul and Tom Lawton will be joined by teammate and prop, Topo Rodriquez, and the current Wallabies forward coach, Mario Ledesma when they visit Newcastle next week to celebrate the Hawthorne Club’s 20th anniversary.


Chairman of The Hawthorne Club, Bruce Cook, said it was a fantastic coup to have so many former Australian players in Newcastle at the one time.


“Adam, Jeremy and Tom are all well known for their toughness while Topo was regarded as one of Australia’s top scrummagers,” said Bruce.


“Add Mario, who is the Wallabies coaching staff’s ‘scrum doctor’, to the group and we have a great national representation for the Hawthorne Club’s anniversary.”


The club has invited its 120 members to a celebratory luncheon at The Newcastle Club on Friday week (22 April) where a highlight will be the awarding of inaugural life membership to three club stalwarts.


Bruce said to Tom Maddern OAM, John Miner OAM and Tim Morton would receive life membership to the Hawthorne Club after with the club since it was founded in 1996. He said all three had been heavily involved in the club being a major contributor to rugby in the Hunter Region and raising more than $600,000 in support of various rugby programs.


“The 20th anniversary dinner will be a highlight on the rugby calendar and we’re looking forward to seeing a lot of the club members support this event,” said Bruce.


“Adam Freier is going to be our MC at the dinner with proceeds going to supporting and growing the Rugby Union code in Newcastle and the Hunter. Through strategic partnerships with Australian Rugby Union, the Hunter Academy of Sport and Newcastle & Hunter Rugby Union, the Club has used its wide-ranging resources to enhance local rugby at all levels.


Further details about the anniversary dinner are available from club Secretary, Mark Queenan, on 0411 514 503.


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