The Cauliflower Club 1st XV (CCXV) is heading to Endeavour Oval, Orange Emus Rugby Club, Woodward St, Orange, on Saturday 29 January, laying down the gauntlet to the allegedly formidable Orange Emus Old Boys.
The CCXV is an eclectic selection of hand-picked former rugby players who, backed up by former Wallabies and Provincial Greats including Peter Fitzsimons, Nick Farr-Jones, James Grant, Jeremy Paul, Geoff “The Duke” Didier, Tony Daly, Beau Robinson, Mark Hartill and Pat McCutcheon, search the country for veteran rugby players, in their pursuit of raising much needed funds for the rugby charity, The Cauliflower Club.
The main aim of the Cauliflower Club is to enable those with disabilities and sports related injuries to regain access to life experiences. Together with their members and sponsors, they aim to harness the values of the Australian rugby community to reach fundraising goals and deliver on their mission. For those less familiar with the game of rugby, the charity is so named for its sincere adoration for the unsung heroes of the forward pack with their mangled cauliflower-resembling ears on the frontline of the rugby battlefield.
Joining the former Wallabies in Orange is a motley collection of paddock warriors and broken down rugby heroes with more guts than greatness, made up of former country rugby legends (in their own minds) such as ‘The Swagman’, ‘The Rug’, ‘Buddha’, ‘Two Dogs’, ‘Temple’ & The Phantom – with a minimal backline represented by ‘pretty’ old boys and haircare enthusiasts ‘Maggot’, ‘Dale’ & ‘Huddo’.
The Cauliflower Club XV have previously played in Cooma, Duntroon, Forbes, Crookwell, Wagga Wagga & Bowral.
The weekend will start on Friday, 28th January with an afternoon of golf with Orange Old Boys at Duntryleague – the CCXV playing for ‘The Snogga Snowden Cup’ followed by a team dinner and bonding session at the Parkview Hotel on Friday night.
The program for Saturday, 29th January at Orange Emus Rugby Club, Endeavour Oval, Orange will be as follows:
• 12:30pm BBQ for Rugby Juniors
• 2pm – 4:30pm Skills & Drills Session for Rugby Junior with our CCXV Wallabies
• 5pm Main Game CCXV vs Orange Emus Old Boys – 2 x 20min Halves with 10mins for Half Time.
• 6pm CCXV Challenge – a physical challenge take on the traditional post-match Boat Race!
• 6:30pm Charity Gala Dinner at Orange Emus Rugby Club House.Guest Speakers Peter Fitzsimons & Nick Farr-Jones, Speeches and Charity Jersey Auction.