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The Newcastle and Hunter Community Rugby League Men’s Under 23s and Women’s Representative teams have created history by qualifying for the semi-finals of the NSWRL Country Championships after only three years in the competition.

Boasting 38 clubs in 2019, who provided 40 men’s teams, 18 Ladies League Tag and six women’s tackle teams competing across nine grades, Newcastle & Hunter Community Rugby League recorded its fifth consecutive year of player growth: 1,062 in 2015, 1,136 in 2016, 1,593 in 2017, 1,782 in 2018 and 1,896 in 2019. 

“Newcastle and Hunter Community Rugby League endeavours to galvanise and invigorate local communities by providing competition environments where everyone is welcome and their contribution respected, which has definitely struck a chord with a lot of people,” Newcastle and Hunter Community Rugby League Administrator Dave Wild said.

“The fact that we have both of our men’s and women’s teams set to compete in the semi-finals once the competitions commence again shows the success of the League and the community we have created.

“As well, we are the only amateur league participating so it is a credit to the players, staff members, officials and everyone involved to get to this point.

“We are very proud and hope to continue our success well into the future.”