• 2019 Interstate Challenge Match to be Held in Brisbane

    The annual Universities Rugby League Interstate Challenge Match between the NSW and Queensland Universities representative teams will be played in Brisbane on the weekend of 25/26 May 2019. Actual day and venue still to be determined.
    This match serves as the primary selection trial for the Australian Universities rep team, which will tour overseas in October 2019.
    More information regarding the challenge match and the selection process for both teams will be posted in due course and general information can be obtained by contacting:
    NSW: Bob Lennox – 0412281204
    Queensland: Trad McLean – 0412809106

    2018 South Africa Tour Wrap

    The AURL Representative team has returned from its successful tour to South Africa, winning all three games and spreading the gospel of rugby league to union mad locals.
    Coach Aaron Zimmerle, who took charge of the team for its winning campaign at the 2017 Student World Cup (held in Western Sydney in July), was impressed with not only the efforts of the boys on the training paddock and playing field, but their attitude and behaviour off it. Along with Assistant Coach Todd Edwards, the current NSW Tertiary Residents Coach, they moulded together a very formidable line-up.
    But it wasn’t all training and playing for the boys, plenty of sight-seeing and off field activities were on the itinerary. Cape Town included a coast line bus tour, which incorporated a winery and markets visit, there was also a shark diving expedition and the spectacular cable car ride up Table Mountain. Up in Pretoria they visited the nearby Lesidi Cultural Village and Lion Park whilst their home base in Johannesburg was literally across the road from the historic Nelson Mandela Square.
    Congratulations to the following tour award recipients:
    Best Player: Matt Jurd
    Players’ Player: Dylan Izzard
    Man of the Tour: Shared between Physio Paul Minei and Trainer Ryan Elson.
    Finally a big thank you to hosts SARL; President Dr Frans Erasmus, CEO Frans Parsons and all their helpers who worked tirelessly to fit all the pieces together.
    Planning for the team’s 2019 tour has already commenced so stay tuned for news in this regard which will be posted shortly.

  • 2018 South Africa Tour 2nd Test Result, October 29 in Pretoria

    In balmy evening conditions at Grizzlies Stadium Pretoria on Monday 29 October, the stage was set for another tough encounter. A perfect opening set by Australia resulted in a try wide out to Jayden Baker, converted by Dylan Izzard. Soon after, at the end of a sustained attacking effort from the Aussies, Dalton Phillips dived over from dummy half close to the posts to put his side in front 12-0 after only 6 mins.

    Izzard was on the end of good hands soon after and scored on the left edge. The ball was then shifted to the right and Malachi Morgan crashed over wide out to bring the score to 20-0.

    Further first half tries to Jayden Baker, Robert Tuliatu, Tom Watkins, and Izzard again saw the tourists go to the break leading 42-0

    Declan Morrisey opened the scoring for the Aussies in the second half with a try down the left hand side after a slick passing exchange.

    Australia did well retrieving a kick and put the ball through the hands down the left side to send Sam Collins over wide out to take Australia to over 50. It didn’t take long once again before the classy Aussies were on the board again after a switch of play saw Watkins dive over close to the posts for his second try.

    With the flood gates well and truly open Dalton Phillips picked up a double four-pointer steaming onto a short ball on the left edge of the ruck. Australia 62-0.

    But the Aussies were not finished and again struck down the left side just before full time with Kobe Tararo diving over.

    Full time 66-0

    Tries: Tom Baker 2, Dalton Phillips 2, Dylan Izzard 2, Tom Watkins 2 Malachi Morgan, Robert Tuliatu,
    Declan Morrisey, Sam Collins, Kobe Tararo.

    Goals: Dylan Izzard 7

    Man of the Match: Sam Collins
    Players’ Player: Declan Morrissey
    Team List
    1. Dylan Izzard
    2. Jayden Baker
    3. Declan Morrissey
    4. Malachi Morgan
    5. Billy Butler
    6. Ryan Cameron
    7. Luke Jurd
    8. Matt Jurd
    9. Chris Ostwald
    10. Jack Peacock
    11. Jesse Domic
    12. Matthwe Butler
    13. Dalton Phillips
    14. Tom Watkins
    15. Kobe Tararo
    16. Kobi Annand
    17. Sam Collins
    18. Alex Fisher
    19. Robert Tuliatu
    (* Nineteen players competed by agreement between both controlling bodies)

    2018 South Africa Tour 1st Test Result

    The first test of the 2018 South Africa Tour was played in Pretoria on Saturday 27 October, with Australia defeating South Africa 46-16.
    In very hot conditions at the Grizzlies Rugby Club Ground in Pretoria, Australia was
    given an early fright when the South Africa Rhino’s scored the opening try. It
    took the tourists some time to gain their composure and for quite a lengthy time
    the scores were locked at 10 all. At half time Australia had edged to a slight lead
    of 16-10.
    The second half proved to be a different affair with Australia proving to be too fast in the ruck area causing the Rhino’s difficulty in defence. Tries to Jesse Domic, Jack Peacock and Declan Morrisey put Australia in a comfortable position as the match wore on but it must be said the tourists were not clinical in their
    execution and will be looking to improve for the second test in two days time.
    Tries: Dylan Izzard 2, Matt Jurd 2, Declan Morrisey, Luke Jurd, Jack Peacock, Jesse Domic
    Goals: Dylan Izzard 7
    Players’ Player: Dylan Izzard
    Man of the Match: Matt Jurd
    Team List:
    1. Dylan Izzard
    2. Jayden Baker
    3. Declan Morrissey
    4. Malachi Morgan
    5. Billy Butler
    6. Ryan Cameron
    7. Luke Jurd
    9. Chris Ostwald
    10. Jack Peacock
    11. Jesse Domic
    12. Sam Collins
    13. Kobe Tararo
    14. Dalton Phillips
    15. Tom Watkins
    16. Kobi Annand
    17. Matt Butler
    18. Alex Fisher

  • 2018 South Africa Tour First Match Result

    The AURL touring side won its first match of the 2018 South Africa Tour, defeating the Western Province Invitational XIII 76-6 in Helderberg Rugby Stadium, Cape Town on Tuesday 23 October.

    Australia opened the scoring early in the match with a try to Luke Jurd after a good run through the middle of the ruck by his brother Matthew. However, the early score was equalled soon after with a try to the Invitational XIII after a high kick into the in-goal.

    However, from this point on Australia asserted its authority across the park during the first half with many slick passing moves resulting in a commanding 42-6 lead at the break. First half tries were scored by Luke and Matthew Jurd, Jayden Baker a double, Billy Butler, Robert Tuliatu and Matty Butler.

    The second half saw Australia continue with a disciplined and well constructed effort to run out winners 76-6. The Invitational XIII were a tough and aggressive side who never gave up, but were soundly defeated by a strong Australian outfit.
    Tries: Billy Butler 3, Jayden Baker 2, Dylan Izard, Declan Morrissey, Malachi Morgan, Luke Jurd, Matt Jurd, Robert Tuliatu, Kobe Tararo, Matt Butler
    Goals: Dylan Izzard 12
    Players’ Player: Billy Butler
    Man of the Match: Dylan Izzard
    Team List:
    1. Dylan Izzard
    2. Jayden Baker
    3. Declan Morrissey
    4. Malachi Morgan
    5.Billy Butler
    6. Ryan Cameron
    7. Luke Jurd
    8. Matt Jurd
    9. Tom Watkins
    10. Jack Peacock
    11. Jesse Domic
    12. Robert Tuliatu
    13. Kobe Tararo
    14.Kobi Annand
    15. Sam Collins
    16. Matt Butler
    17. Dylan Haijjir
    18. Alex Fisher

    2018 South Africa Tour Departs 20 October

    The AURL team’s 3 match tour of South Africa is fast approaching, with all matches now locked in and the touring squad finalised after some injury replacements required from the original player group selected in May.
    The team departs for South Africa Saturday 20 October, with half the squad leaving from Sydney and the other half from Brisbane, meeting at Singapore, then onward to Johannesburg before arriving in Cape Town in the early hours of Sunday morning local time.
    Their first match will be played at Helderberg Rugby Club Ground (yes they are kindly allowing a rugby league match to be played there!) in Somerset West, Cape Town, against the SA Western Province Invitational XIII, on Tuesday 23 October, kick off time 6.30pm.
    This game will serve as a warm-up match before they travel north on 25 October for the following two tests to be played against the SA Students Rugby League Rep team:
    * 27 October – 1st Test at Harlequins Rugby Club Ground, Groenkloof, Pretoria, kick off 4.00pm;
    * 29 October – 2nd Test at Wanderers Rugby Club Ground, Johannesburg, kick off 7.00pm.
    The team arrives back in Australia on Wednesday 31 October.
    The Squad comprises:
    Kobi Annand (Ashmore TAFE)
    Jayden Butler (Acacia Ridge TAFE)
    Billy Butler (Meadowbank TAFE)
    Matthew Butler (Griffith Uni)
    Sam Collins (QUT)
    Jesse Domic (UOQ)
    Alex Fisher (Uni Wollongong)
    Dylan Haajir (Toowoomba TAFE)
    Dylan Izzard (ACU Sydney)
    Luke Jurd (Uni of Wollongong)
    Matthew Jurd (Uni of Wollongong)
    Malachi Morgan (Blacktown TAFE)
    Declan Morrissy (ACU Brisbane)
    Chris Ostwald (QUT)
    Jack Peacock (Ashmore TAFE)
    Dalton Phillips (Acacia Ridge TAFE)
    Kobe Tararo (Griffith Uni)
    Ryan Cameron (UOQ)
    Robert Tuliatu (Macquarie Uni)
    Tom Watkins (Edith Cowan Uni)
    Coach: Aaron Zimmerle
    Asst Coach: Todd Edwards
    Physio: Paul Minei
    Head Trainer: Ryan Elson
    Masseur: Clive Lang
    Management: Bob Lennox, Bob Henderson & Mick Williams

  • Australian Uni Squad Selected for 2018 Tour to South Africa

    Following the AURL Interstate Challenge match played at St Marys Stadium, Western Sydney NSW, on Sunday 24 June 2018, the undermentioned squad was selected for the upcoming tour to South Africa:

    Jayden Baker (Qld Uni of Technology)

    Billy Butler (Meadowbank TAFE)

    Matt Butler (Uni of Qld)

    Jesse Domic (BCA National)

    Lane Ferling (Qld Uni of Technology)

    Dylan Haaijer (Toowoomba TAFE)

    Dylan Izzard (ACU Sydney)

    Matt Jurd (Uni of Wollongong)

    Luke Jurd (Uni of Wollongong)

    Malachi Morgan (Blacktown TAFE)

    Declan Morrissy (ACU Brisbane)

    Jack Mackin (Ashmore TAFE)

    Chris Ostwald (Qld Uni of Technology)

    Harry Pondekas (ACU Brisbane)

    Jack Peacock (Ashmore TAFE)

    Dalton Phillips (Acacia Ridge TAFE)

    Kobe Tararo (Qld TAFE Skills Tech)

    Robert Tuliatu (Macquarie Uni)

    Brayden Torpy (Sunshine Coast Uni)

    Tom Watkins (Edith Cowan Uni)

    Coach: Aaron Zimmerle

    Asst Coach: Todd Edwards

    Physio: Paul Minei

    Trainer: Ryan Elson

    Masseur: Clive Lang


    Tour Manager: Bob Lennox
    Team Manager: Bob Henderson
    Logistics Manager: Mick Williams

    The squad will depart Australia 20 October and return 31 October, playing 3 matches on tour:
    23/10 vs West Province in Cape Town
    27/10 vs South Africa Universities in Pretoria
    29/10 vs South Africa Universities in Johannesburg

    Queensland win 2018 AURL Interstate Challenge

    After a break in 2017 to make way for the Universities Rugby League World Cup, the annual Australian Universities Rugby League Interstate Challenge match was played at St Marys Stadium, Western Sydney, on Sunday 24 June 2018, with Queensland Universities defeating NSW Universities 52-12.

    It was a dominant display by Queensland who scored in the opening minutes after back rower Harry Pondekas fell on a loose ball in the NSW ingoal for the first of his three tries for the match.

    The Uni Blues struggled to hold the Maroons attack except for brief periods before and after the break. Just on half time NSW winger Dallas Grieco crossed in the corner, to allow his side to go to the sheds behind 22-6. Straight after the start of the second half Blues fullback Dylan Izzard snatched a try he subsequently converted, narrowing the Maroon’s lead to 22-12.

    However, that was the last the Blues would trouble the score keeper with Queensland piling on 5 more tries to take out out the match 52-12 and return home with the Challenge shield, which they have now held since 2014.

    The match served as the selection trial for the AURL team to tour to South Africa in October, that squad being announced at the after match presentation (see team selection post).

    Player of the Match: Dalton Phillips (Qld)

    Qld Players’ Player: Harry Pondekas

    NSW Players’ Player: Dylan Izzard

    Queensland 52 (Tries: Harry Pondekas 3, Jayden Baker, Jack Mackin, Chris Ostwald, Braydon Torpy, Josh Rogers, Declan Morrissy; Goals: Brayden Torpy 7, Jayden Carroll 1) defeated NSW 12 (Tries: Dallas Grieco, Dylan Izzard; Goals Dylan Izzard 2)

    Queensland Team

    1. Braydon Torpy (Sunshine Coast Uni)
    2. Jack Mackin (Ashmore TAFE)
    3. Jayden Carroll (Qld Uni of Technology)
    4. Declan Morrissy (Australian Catholic University)
    5. Jayden Baker (Qld Uni of Technology)
    6. Josh Rogers (Southern Cross Uni)
    7. Lane Ferling (Qld Uni of Technology)
    8. Kobe Tararo (TAFE Skills Tech)
    9. Chris Ostwald (c) (Qld Uni of Technology)
    10. Dylan Haaijer (Toowoomba TAFE)
    11. Dalton Phillips (Acacia Ridge TAFE)
    12. Matt Butler (University of Qld)
    13. Jesse Domic (BCA National)
    14. Sam Collins (Qld Uni of Technology)
    15. Harry Pondekas (Australian Catholic University)
    16. Zac Kerr (Australian Catholic University)
    17. Jack Peacock (Ashmore TAFE)
    18. Jake Strasser (On Site Assessing)

    NSW Team

    1. Dylan Izzard (Australian Catholic University)
    2. Dallas Grieco (Australain College of Physical Education)
    3. Billy Butler (Meadowbank TAFE)
    4. Jake Lauder (Maitland TAFE)
    5. Malachi Morgan (Blacktown TAFE)
    6. Luke Jurd (Uni of Wollongong )
    7. Taylor Bennett (Strathfield TAFE)
    8. Matt Jurd (Uni ofWollongong)
    9. Cheyne Pike (Illawarra TAFE)
    10. Jesse Maxwell-Offen (Northern Beaches TAFE)
    11. Matthew Morgan (Macquarie Uni)
    12. Jak Cannel (Western Sydney University)
    13. Alex Fisher (Uni of Wollongong)
    14. Jake Johan (North Sydney TAFE)
    15. Tom Watkins (Edith Cowan Uni)
    16. Daniel Neill (Uni of Newcastle)
    17. Robert Tuliatu (Macquarie Uni)
    18. Scott Haynes (Uni of Newcastle)
  • Interstate Challenge Match 24 June 2018 at St Marys Stadium

    The 2018 AURL Interstate Challenge match between NSW Universities RL and Queensland Universities RL will be held on Sunday 24 June 2018 at St Marys Stadium (Western Sydney), kick off 1.00pm. It will be played as the curtain-raiser for the Malta Vs South Africa Senior International match.

    The Challenge match will serve as the primary selection trial for the 2018 AURL Representative team that will undertake a 3 match tour to South Africa from 20-30 October 2018.

    Players interested in being considered for selection in either state team and ultimately in the AURL touring side, should contact:

    NSW Universities  – Coach: Drew Dalton – email: ddalton @nrl.com.au
    Tour Manager: Bob Lennox – email: [email protected]

    QLD Universities – Trad McLean, email: [email protected]


    2018 Tour Programme Announced – South Africa Bound

    Planning is well under way for the 2018 Australian Universities RL representative programme for 2018, so lock in the following dates:

    • 23 June 2018 – Universities RL Interstate Challenge Match.

    To be held on the NRL/Sate Cup Rep Weekend Round, with planning under way for it to feature on the under card of one of the senior rep games to be played in the Sydney Metropolitan Area. More details will be posted shortly, as soon as venue and kick off time have been finalised.

    Participation is on a self-funded basis with costs to be determined. For more information in this regard and selection illegibility requirements contact:

    NSW – Bob Lennox  mobile: 0412 281204 email: [email protected] or

    Qld – Trad McLean mobile: 0412 809106 email: [email protected]

    From this match the 2018 AURL Representative touring team will be selected.

    • 20 to 30 October 2018 – 3 Match Tour to South Africa

    This year the South African RL will host a tour by the AURL Representative Team, with matches to be played in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria. Details are still being finalised with the SARL, a full itinerary will be available shortly and details posted as soon as known.

    Participation will be self funded and preliminary costings indicate players selected for the tour will be required to pay a levy (to cover the cost of air fares, meals, accommodation, apparel, insurances, etc) of between $4,200 and $4,500. Again as soon as tour details are finalised and actual levy determined information will be posted.