2023 saw one of the most successful seasons in the Clubs history, with both Premier sides hosting Semi-Finals at Albert Park in front of a huge local crowd, a feat not achieved since the 1991 season. The season was highlighted by the Premier Development side taking out the Rowe Cup in an epic extra-time final at Hamilton Marist, while the Under 21's side continued their development in just their second year back in the competition, falling 17-24 to Rugby United (Thames Valley) in the Plate final in Waihi.
The incredible successes on the field were rewarded by an unprecedented representation at higher levels, headlined by the debuts of Four of our Premier Players for Waikato. Hooker Sean Ralph, loose forward/lock Tai Cribb, outside back Cody Nordstrom and midfield back Austin Anderson all played their first games in Red, Yellow and Black alongside pivot Taha Kemara who returned for his second season.
Kemara would also make his Super Rugby debut with the Crusaders and captained this year's New Zealand Under 20 side in South Africa, while Anderson spent the season with the Brumbies in their development system. This September Also, our Premier side with be travelling to France to compete in the innaugural Ametuer Rugby World Cup, a massive opportunity to compete on the world stage and promote our Club internationally A hugely successful season all round and a bright future ahead for Te Awamutu Sports Rugby
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