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Volume 7 No. 149


NSW Rugby pledged to use a A$20M ($14.6M) state government funding boost to "take the game into the modern era," according to Georgina Robinson of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. The NSW government will put A$20M toward a new NSW Rugby center of excellence on University of NSW grounds at its new home in Daceyville, "with construction to start at the end of next year." NSW Rugby CEO Andrew Hore said that the facility would be a new home for Super Rugby side Waratahs and "a number of charity, community and, potentially, research partners" in a move designed to make the 144-year-old union "fit for the future." Hore said, "This is not just for one team and high performance. There's a whole lot of elements to this building that we see as part of our way of taking the game into a modern era." The Waratahs will be housed alongside the organization's philanthropic arm, the Positive Rugby Foundation, the community arm of NSW Rugby and a new "charities hub" to house partners such as mental health charity Batyr (SMH, 11/28).