Australia is fielding a men’s and ladies’ team in the first ever Police International Rugby Championships in Hong Kong in September 2019. This has been made possible by the financial support from Holdmark. The championships will be held the week prior to the Rugby World Cup in Japan.
“Without Holdmark’s support we would not have been able to field two internationally competitive teams. This is the first time we have been able to field a women’s team in any international event. We are fortunate to have a number of ladies who play in the Super W. They will be a competitive team in Hong Kong,” Vince Hole, VP Australia Police Rugby Union.
“We will be taking 80 people, consisting of players, medical and support staff, to Hong Kong in September 2019. Players come from all States. The Australian National Championships held a few months ago doubled as the selection process for the 60 players chosen. This is a large team, requiring significant personal and financial commitment”.
“Our ladies team recently played a ‘friendly competitive match’ against the Australian Defence Force playing in the Holdmark branded jerseys. These jerseys will be worn by both teams next year in all training events leading up to the International Championships, and during the Championships.”
The event is gearing to be very competitive with New Zealand, France, South Africa Japan, Hong Kong and England all registering interest to compete.
While in Hong Kong the teams will be involved in a number of community events including a pilot rugby program for under-privileged kids – Operation Breakthrough, and a women’s leadership program.
“Organised sport has benefits for everyone. It is good for the mind, body and spirit. Team sports assist with leadership, motivation and other life skills. At Holdmark, we are strong believers in sport and activity as they make for healthy lifestyles and communities. We are pleased to be sponsoring the Australian Police Rugby teams in all their matches in 2019,” Sarkis Nassif, CEO Holdmark.
“All players have started their training, combining this with their police work and family commitments. There are a number of practice matches against the Australian Defence Force and other clubs schedule prior to the Championships to get both teams match ready.
“We are very appreciative of Holdmark’s support. The event is a great opportunity for police all around the world to come together to celebrate police service and the sport of rugby,” Vince Hole adds.