ACT Veterans Rugby

Honorary Patron in Chief: His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia

Honorary Patron: Air Chief Marshal A.G. Houston AC AFC (Retd)

Honorary Patron: General D. Hurley AC DSC (Retd)

Honorary Patron: Vice-Admiral R. Griggs AO CSC RAN VCDF




"The most powerful rugby club in Australia" according to The Canberra Times

2014 team photo with thanks to Michael Thompson Photography

Welcome to the 20th season of ACT Veterans Rugby. We have a year of big events to mark the club's 20th anniversary, including a trip to Melbourne to play the Box Hill Unquenchables and see the Wallabies play France, the World Vintage Rugby Carnival in Perth and a special 20th Anniversary Dinner in October.

Upcoming Matches:

Sunday 7 September: Father’s Day

Game kicks-off at 2pm at Portsea Oval, RMC.

This is the Annual Fathers and Related Offspring Game Day. Open to all genders and ages, this is a chance for the dads to play a game with their children and in some cases grandchildren. We intend to have (weather permitting) a stall of our various pieces of gear on sale. This includes polo shirts, gear bags, shorts and socks if you need them, bucket hats, mugs, ties. Bring along some spare cash to make a purchase.

Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th September

Time again for what is becoming an annual event. Touch Football against the Lily Whites from Sydney. Games are to held at Portsea Oval, RMC. Last year was a fantastic event with two well contested games held over a similar weekend. The Lilly Whites play the game along similar rules we use at training and really played hard. Saturdays game will kick-off at 3pm and run for approximately an hour with a break mid-way. Then retire to the Mercure for a drink and perhaps stay on watch the Wallabies play the Pumas that evening. Sundays game will kick-off at 10.30am and perhaps a refreshing drink at the end of proceedings before our visitors head home to Sydney. For both games, can the ACT Veterans players try to wear a dark blue, Navy top such that we have the appearance of being coordinated.

Sunday 28 September

ACT Veterans V AFP for the Commissioners Cup: A charity match proudly supported by Crestron. Game kicks-off at 2pm at Portsea Oval, RMC. 2014 is the inaugural year that we will play the AFP for the Commissioners Cup, and hopefully is remembered as the first of many years to come for this great event. Set to coincide with the National Police Remembrance Day weekend, this event is expected to generate a large crowd of interstate visitors.

Training has recommenced for 2014 under the watchful eye of our 'supercoach' Gary Kinnane. The training sessions this year offer club members the choice of playing touch and/or skills and playing drills. Everyone is welcome to come along to the training sessions, which are every Wednesday evening at Kapyong Field, RMC (across the road from Portsea Oval) starting at 6pm.


If you're 35 or older and would like to play rugby in Canberra, join us every three weeks (or so) for a friendly game at Portsea Oval, RMC Duntroon and post-match social drink at Olims Hotel.

To find out more details on enjoying a match or 10 every season with a group of like-minded ex and current rugby players from in and around the ACT either drop by the ground on one of our match days or email:

The President’s Message

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