USC Rugby was founded in 1997 just one year after the opening of the University of the Sunshine Coast (then Sunshine Coast Community College). The USC Rugby Club plays in the Sunshine Coast Rugby Union competition, the local competition to the Sunshine Coast which is apart of the Queensland Country Rugby Union. In ten years of competition that elusive A Grade Premiership still eludes the Barbarians. After numerous semi final appearances and two grand final appearances in 2000 and 2006 second place is the closest the Students have come to holding up the Cup.
USC Rugby boasts three Senior Grades, an Under 19 Colts team as well as a womens side all competing in the Sunshine Coast District Rugby Union Competition (SCRU). The competition has seven teams from Fraser Coast in the north to Caloundra in the south.
2003 saw the formation of the club's juniors (formerly Mooloolaba Mountain Creek Vikings). They offer a firm foundation to bring players through to the club at our colt's level.
USC Rugby is fast becoming the club of choice on the Sunshine Coast due to its commitment to nurturing the running game and strong club culture. Numerous programs have been put in place to host and nurture the development of individual players and officials, and offcourse the game of rugby union. USC has a very innovative philosophy for such a young club, believing that a club should not be segregated into teams but work as one united club. This is evident on and off the field with strong training sessions involving all players regardless of age or skill, and a social calendar that sees University as the envy of the district.
The USC Rugby Club is based at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs Campus. This is a short 15 minute drive to the award winning beaches of Mooloolaba, Maroochydore and Kawana. The Sippy Downs Campus is handy to the Bruce Highway (Australia's National Highway) which is the direct route to Brisbane (Queensland's capital) just 80 kilometres away. It is also supported by ever improving public transport to the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane.
Front Row Club
Formed to encourage the engine room of every rugby team, the Front Row Club was created. This is a club within USC Rugby that helps develop players as props and give them the much needed skills to compete at high levels. This initiative is focussed on the safety aspect of playing in the front row, preventing injuries through education and technique.
Due to the Large Number of foreign students attending the University of the Sunshine Coast whom are unfamiliar with the game played in heaven USC Rugby has formed a program where players and coaches take newcomers under their wing and teach them the basics of the game. The program is designed to get newcomers to a level in which they can compete comfortably in the local competition.
Play Abroad Program
Because of the tremendous location of the USC Rugby Club on the Sunshine Coast of Australia we have formed a program to welcome foreigners wanting to experience Australia and Australian Rugby. We actively assist in the search for employment and accommodation and assist in transport for all who are prepared to travel to the USC Barbarians. If you are interested in playing Rugby for USC please email firstname.lastname@example.org
At the start of the year an adopt-a-colt night is conducted where each junior player to the club is paired up with two senior players of the same position (rugby). Outside of the festivities of the night the groups formed are to stay together throughout the year in a brother system. The idea behind this program is to give the younger players somebody to support them and talk to with regard to positional play on the field and general support in their lives outside of rugby.
As previously mentioned the social culture with University is what really sets it apart from its rival clubs across numerous codes. The social scene is not limited to the season, events such as surf carnivals, Men's nights, ladies days, adopt-a-colt night, Golf Days, The Rugby Ball, theme nights such as wig night and Hawaii 5-0 night, and plenty more keep the club's patrons entertained throughout the year.
To spread the work load around and really break down barriers between all teams within the club a house style program has been introduced similar to the system used at school. Players have been segregated into 4 clans and will copete throughout the year in a number of tasks and events to get all of the work done as well as grow the club spirit.
In 2000, the club ventured to 'the land of the long dark pint', Ireland, for their first international tour. So successful was the Irish Invasion tour, that the tradition of the USC Rugby tour began, which will see the boys travel to far and away places every three years.
In 2003, the club showcased their talents on rugby fields across Austria, Hungary the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Italy and Germany. The representative team comprised of 20 tourists, of mixed grade, who spent 21 days showing Europe how a Rugby game is really played! The boys spent two days at DKHS Calone (a sporting facility similar to that Australian Institute of Sport), and came up against many selected provincial sides and University teams. The USC Rugby Club is the first Australian team to have the privilege of touring through Austria.
2006 was the most recent tour with the team travelling to the USA and Canada. Plans are now under way for the 2009 tour.
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