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The Australian Services Rugby Union (ASRU) is about to commence a four-year campaign in
preparation for the next International Defence Rugby Competition, to be hosted in the UK in 2015.
The ASRU Committee invites interested Defence members to apply for the following
Positions are open to men and women from all three Services (full time and part time) and the
Australian Public Service.
Coach applicants will hold, at a minimum, an ARU Level 2 coaching qualification and have
recent experience coaching at senior representative level (e.g. single service or senior civilian grade
rugby). Superior planning, communication and leadership skills are paramount. Preference will be
shown to applicants with a record of success coaching teams at the senior/elite level.
Manager applicants will possess highly developed administrative skills (including budget
management) and superior initiative. Preference will be shown to applicants with experience in
successfully managing senior/elite sports teams.
ASRU also invites suitably qualified Defence members to submit an expression of interest to
participate in the new Australian Services Rugby Coach Development Program, which is open
to Foundation, Level 1 and Level 2 qualified coaches. This program is designed to identify, mentor
and develop future senior level men's and women's coaches across all three Single Service Unions.
Funding is available to assist participants progress their coaching qualifications and experience.
Applications are to be emailed to the ASRU Men's National Operations Manager,
Lieutenant Colonel Adam Boyd, email@example.com by 30 Mar 12.
An endorsement of support from the member's superior is required. Guidance on likely annual
commitments is available from the ASRU POC. Information is also available on the ASRU
Patron: Chief of the Defence Force,
General David Hurley, AC, DSC
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March 1, 2012
THE Air Force Hawks come to the 2012
Australian football season with a new
men's coach and new-look guernseys for
both men's and women's teams.
The coach is SGT Mick Rush who
comes with high credentials, having
successfully coached club football in
Canberra and Queensland since 2000.
He is determined to increase the
size of the pool of available players in
time for the inter-service champion-
ships in Melbourne in April.
"In the past I think the team has
been undermanned and we want to
change that this year," he said.
SGT Rush takes over the job from
SGT Sean McGrath who is unavail-
able this year because he is studying at
Officers' Training School.
The flamboyant WOFF Andrew
Giacomo will coach the women's team
for the second year.
Both teams will be decked out in
new stripes this year.
They'll have the same blue and
white colours but gone will be the large
Hawk on the front of the guernseys.
Club president SQNLDR Justin
Taylor said after three years it was felt
it was time for a change.
SGT Rush is a reservist physical
training instructor from RAAF Base
Amberley who played for the Air Force
team from 1992 to 1998 and has fond
memories of playing against the other
"I remember the inter-service cham-
pionships as being like playing in club
finals footy. It is well worth the effort
to get down there and compete. It is a
great atmosphere," SGT Rush said.
In his civvie job, SGT Rush oper-
ates a business that runs boot camps
and personal training.
You'd expect then that he might
place a very high emphasis on fitness.
But first things first. He is con-
scious that there isn't a lot of time
between now, the Air Force Hawks'
training camp at Wagga from March 14
to 21, incorporating the Kapooka 12s
on March 17, and then the biggie, the
Defence championships against Army
and Navy, in Melbourne from April 10
"Training will predominantly be
game plan and skills-based because
I have such a short time with them,"
to build on
BEEN THERE, DONE
THAT: Air Force's new
men's Australian football
coach, SGT Mick Rush,
took the Ipswich Eagles
to four successive finals
series and was named
the club's coach of
the decade. Here, he
addresses his players at
Photo: Damian Dunlop
SGT Rush said. "There will, however,
be some team bonding stuff where we
will do some boot camp sessions.
"The main thing I am concentrating
on this year is trying to get the best pos-
sible players to the carnival. We need
everyone who plays Aussie rules to
make themselves available so we can be
"I hope that players can get down
to Kapooka for the training camp to
give themselves every chance to get
in the side. But players who can't get
there will still be given an opportunity
to show their wares before the inter-
SGT Rush coached ADFA
reserves in Canberra to a grand final
in 2002 before taking the reins of the
Ipswich Eagles senior team from 2004
to 2008. The team played in four suc-
cessive finals series, including two
grand finals, and SGT Rush was named
the club's coach of the decade. In 2010
and 2011, he coached the Griffith
Roosters in Brisbane.
For more information on the men's team,
contact SGT Rush on michael.rush1@
defence.gov.au, (07) 53614942 or 0430
961940 or FSGT Matt Cribbes on matt.crib-
firstname.lastname@example.org or (07) 5361 9445. For
information on the women's team, contact
SQNLDR Mina Roberts on mina.roberts@
defence.gov.au or (02) 626 55246.
COOP: The large
Hawk that featured
on the front of past
has gone and been
replaced by the
new stripes, above.
THE Kapooka sports series
kicks off on March 10 with
about 16 teams fighting it out
in the Kapooka 10s rugby
Now in its 21st year, the 10s
continues to attract a large
number of teams. Organ-
iser CAPT Ian Marston said it
would also be the first year two
women's teams would play an
"We had an exhibition
match for the rugby league last
November and we are plan-
ning on playing the women's
rugby union game either
before the finals or during the
finals," CAPT Marston said.
After the success of last
year's split weekends, the
Kapooka sevens (netball) and
12s (Australian football) will be
played the following weekend
on March 17.
"This just makes it easier all
round," CAPT Marston said.
"We don't have to worry
about a lack of fields and hav-
ing to take down one set of
goalposts and put up another
several times during the tour-
nament. We also have trouble
with catering and don't have
enough freezers and chill-
ers if it's all held on the same
About 15 teams are ex-
pected to compete in the 12s
with all three services fielding
teams in both the men's and
"The service teams use
this carnival to determine their
service sides and RAAF are
sending two teams -- northern
RAAF and southern RAAF
-- one from the Queensland
border upwards and the other
Queensland border down-
wards," CAPT Marston said.
"The majority of the rugby
teams will be Army but there
will be a bigger mix in the AFL
"Both the 12s and sevens
have been going for more
than 10 years and the sevens
continues to attract a large
number of teams, with about
15 expected across the three
services and Public Service
again this year."
The Kapooka summer
series, which incorporates golf,
rugby league and a multi-
endurance event, is scheduled
for November 10.
More information on the Kapooka
sports series is available from CAPT
Marston on 0429 202 453 or ian.
Kapooka set for action
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