Australia Deaf Rugby (ADR)
Australia Deaf Rugby (ADR) is a non-profit organisation and currently supports themselves financially, through sponsorship and/or by volunteers undertaking fundraising activities.
Australia Deaf Rugby is committed to providing assistance to deaf and hearing impaired individuals in the Community including juniors, who want to take their passion for rugby union further.
HISTORY OF AUSTRALIAN DEAF RUGBY
In 2001 a small group of deaf rugby union players got together and played against New Zealand at Eastwood, NSW. The following week a follow up match was held at Concord Oval, NSW.
The same year the Australian team were invited to play against New Zealand in the curtain raiser for the Wallabies -v- All Blacks. Later that year, the Australian deaf rugby team played in the World Cup in New Zealand and became World Champions in the ‘seven a side’ format.
In 2005 the Australian deaf rugby side were invited to play in a test series in New Zealand with one game in Wellington and the other in Auckland.
‘Deaf Rugby Australia’ was formed after a ‘Southern Cross Team’ consisting of Australian players toured Fiji in 2009 playing against a deaf Fijian side. Other countries, including New Zealand and Japan had previously indicated that they wanted to play regular test series against Australian deaf rugby players so this is why ‘Deaf Rugby Australia’ was formed and later incorporated in February 2011.
The Australian players come from all states, both city & regional areas, and having officially formed under the ‘Deaf Rugby Australia’ banner. In November 2011 Deaf Rugby Australia toured Japan playing two test matches and coming home with the trophy. The players, as part of their tour, visited the devastated tsunami areas of Japan and specifically visited the deaf community impacted by this disaster. Further tours are currently being planned for Fiji in 2012 and future International tours to Argentina and New Zealand.
Australia and New Zealand again contested the Cochlear Cup where ADRU defeated NZDFU in Auckland in 2012, again in Auckland in 2013. NZ won it in Canberra in 2014.
Deaf Rugby Australia is a non profit organisation and currently supports themselves financially or by volunteers undertaking fundraising activities. Deaf Rugby Australia is committed to providing assistance to deaf and hearing impaired individuals in the Community including, juniors and potentially females, who want to take their passion for rugby union further.
During the non-touring season a number of Australia Deaf Rugby representatives play with St George Rugby Union in NSW Suburban Rugby Div 4 - 3rd Grade Competition. The 2011 season saw the team achieve the minor premiership but losing 7-0 in the Grand Final. NSW Suburban Rugby is extremely honoured to have such an elite team competing at this level.