January 16

Pre-Season 2017

Published January 16, 2017


The 2017 season is just around the corner and you know what that means … PRE-SEASON!! With trial dates locked in and this season’s draw set in stone, The Old Soldier is gearing up for the biggest pre-season to date.

Before we welcome Beecroft to Tryon Rd on April 22nd, we kick off proceedings on Feb 2 with the first of our training sessions for 2017 at a venue TBA. We start trials against Waverly on March 25th, followed by the annual Melanoma Cup and our then final hit out against Knox Old Boys. We will also be fielding teams in the North Cronulla Beach 5’s Rugby this weekend as well as the our yearly trip up the Pacific Highway for the Crescent Head 7’s. Dates are as follows:

  • Feb 2: First training session

  • March 4th: Crescent Head 7’s

  • March 25th: Waverley

  • April 1st: Melanoma Cup (Mosman & Bathurst)

  • April 8th: Knox

  • April 22nd: Round 1

The Old Soldier is encouraging all players – past, present and prospective – to come down on Feb 2, get stuck in and whip those off-season guts into shape. For those of you who are looking for a new club this season, look no further. Shoot us a private message and we’ll let you know how you can get involved.

Super early bird subs are now up so get onto it via the link below before they go up on March 1st.


Rd 1 isn’t far away and, I don’t know about you but, we cannot wait!

December 13

LRU Christmas Celebration

Published December 13, 2016

Players, Supporters and Sponsors,

Once again that time of the year has rolled around, and to welcome in the new year and new season, we are having the annual Christmas Drinks.

I wish to cordially invite anyone that is within the lindfield Rugby family to come out on Friday evening and have a celebration of what is clearly a fantastic rugby club.
Please note that anyone is welcome, friends, Old Boys, current players, sponsors and anyone that feels they wish to get involved.

The details are follows;

Date: Friday the 16th of December.

Location: York 75 Bar (Conveniently located at 75 York St).

Time: From 6pm (Fashionably early is acceptable too).

I do hope to see as many as possible come along and enjoy a grand night.


Raef Johnson
LRU President.

November 22

Final announcement of the sub committee and coaches.

Published November 22, 2016

Lindfield Rugby members and supporters,

There has been quite the delay in finalising all taking roles in both the Sub Committee and as coaches, but finally we are at the point that we can name all that will be helping in season 2017. All have volunteered for the roles, so no doubt will put their heart into making this club run smoothly.

The Sub Committee is as follows;

Charity Manager: Jake Broxom

Gear Steward: Justin Pan

Bar Manager: John Booth

Communications Manager: Nick Wilkinson

Colts Representative: Michael Houston

Social Coordinator: Andrew McWhannell

Social Coordinator Assistant: Ross Forsythe

Rugby Director: Eddie Lau

Registrar: Paul Madden and Ed Scrivens

Club Patron: Jackson Lanning

Club Captains: Danny Millar and Cameron Gray

And coaches as follows;

1st Grade: Paul McCarthy, Robbie Bridges and Riley Rolleston

2nd Grade: Mike Hanna and Nate Bryant

3rd Grade: Mike Grey

4th Grade: Ian Skinner and Ben Elston

Colts: JP Chaina

I would personally like to thank all of them for taking the roles, and cannot wait to bring this new season in with many a win.


Raef Johnson

Lindfield Rugby Union

November 10

Committee Elected for 2017

Published November 10, 2016

Lindfield Rugby Members, players and supporters,

I take pleasure in announcing that after last night’s AGM, a new committee will take its place running Lindfield Rugby for the ensuing season.

I will take over from Byron as the new President, and must firstly thank Byron and the fellow committee members for all the time they have invested in the club. I am lucky to be starting from a very comfortable stand point.

Helping me with the workload for the year will be as follows;
Jared Hills will be taking the role of Vice President.
Ben Dibden, will step away from legal to become Treasurer &
Toni Francis will round the main committee out as Secretary.

However, we have not finalised all of the roles of the Subcommittee, nor the coaching staff. We are actively hunting people to fill these spots, so if you wish to take over a role, or continue one, please email myself, or Toni, address’s below, and we can work towards a result.

If you have already emailed Josh in regards to this, I will be getting this list to peruse.

I for one cannot wait for the new season to start, and will be quite chuffed when we lift five trophies at the conclusion of next seasons finals.

Raef Johnson
Lindfield Rugby Union

November 8

TOMORROW :: AGM :: November 9, 2016

Published November 8, 2016

Dear members of the Lindfield Rugby Club,

This is the final reminder for tomorrow AGM, being held on the 9th of November, 7pm at the Greengate Hotel.

This is your chance to have a say in the make up of the 2017 committee as we build towards our centenary year.

If you have any further inquiries please contact Andrew McWhannell:


+61 415 946 226


Byron Stuntz
Lindfield Rugby Club

November 1

REMINDER :: AGM :: November 9, 2016

Published November 1, 2016

Dear members of the Lindfield Rugby Club,

This years AGM will be held on the 9th of November, 7pm at the Greengate Hotel.

This is your chance to have a say in the make up of the 2017 committee as we build towards our centenary year.

If you have any further inquiries please contact Andrew McWhannell:


+61 415 946 226


Byron Stuntz
Lindfield Rugby Club

October 20

(Correction) AGM :: November 9, 2016

Published October 20, 2016

Dear members of the Lindfield Rugby Club,

This years AGM will be held on the 9th of November, 7pm at the Greengate Hotel.

This is your chance to have a say in the make up of the 2017 committee as we build towards our centenary year.

If you have any further inquiries please contact Andrew McWhannell:


+61 415 946 226


Byron Stuntz
Lindfield Rugby Club

October 14

Press Release | 14th October 2016

Published October 14, 2016

Dear Players, Supporters, Sponsors and Members of the Lindfield Rugby Community,

Following the events of the past few months, last night, Lindfield Rugby Club conducted an independent Internal Disciplinary Hearing (IDH) to review the actions of Patrick Lang and Adam Coughlan in accordance with the club’s constitution. The IDH committee comprised a cross-section of LRU Members and the hearing was conducted in a fair and just manner, independent of the sanctions issued by the NSWSRU.

The IDH committee would like to thank both parties for their honesty and contrition towards the impact their actions have had on the LRU Community and we appreciate their desire to move forward for the benefit of the club and the game of rugby itself.

Notwithstanding, the IDH felt it necessary to demonstrate to our members and the wider community that it takes these matters very seriously and that strong action was necessary to deter such events from occurring in the future. As such, the following sanctions have been handed down:

  • Patrick Lang (Recruitment Manager);
    • Five (5) Year suspension from holding any coaching or committee position reduced to Three (3) Years after consideration of long-term contributions to the club.
    • One (1) Year suspension from playing.
  • Adam Coughlan (1st Grade Coach)
    • Two (2) Year suspension from holding any coaching or committee position reduced to One (1) Year after consideration of long-term contributions to the club.

The sanctions are to be served independently and concurrently of the NSWSRU sanctions and do not in any way preclude both parties from appealing those sanctions in the future should they so desire.


In the interest of moving on swiftly, all sanctions were handed down at the conclusion of last night’s hearing and both parties accepted the offer to respond publically, offering the following statements:

Patrick Lang (Recruitment Manager)


Throughout my tenure as President and more recently as Recruitment Manager, I always tried to have the best interests of the club at heart. No malice or disrepute was ever intended to be brought by me upon the Club or its members, I simply wanted to help the club through a rough patch. However, this does not excuse my actions and I accept that I did the wrong thing. I acknowledge that I made an error in judgment and I would like to apologise unreservedly to all of those people who have been affected by this matter, especially to all of coaches and players of 2nd Grade and 3rd Grade in 2016. It is something that will be difficult for me to make up for, but I hope that I can do so at some point in time in the future. Finally, I would like to thank the Appeals Committee for their recent efforts in getting the club on a level playing field for next season and I accept the sanctions handed on me by the Club. I wish the incoming LRU committee all the best for the 2017 season and look forward to supporting Lindfield Rugby for many years to come.

Club Contributions

Played: 2009-2016

President: 2014-2015

Sponsorship Manager: 2013 & 2016

Colts Coach (Robertson Cup): 2013-2014 (Premiership 2014)

Adam Coughlan (1st Grade Coach)


I want to sincerely thank the appeals sub-committee for their tireless work over the past 3 months in dealing with this issue. I am extremely pleased that our club will start 2017 season on an equal basis with all the other clubs in the competition. I also want to apologise to the players, coaches, committee, sponsors and supporters of Lindfield. I deeply regret my involvement in this incident. To the players that were on the cusp and playing finals in 2016 I am very sorry. Finals are a special time of the season in any player’s career and to have that taken away from you is something that I cannot make up for. Whilst I serve the sentence imposed by NSWSRU and the club I will look to have an ongoing positive involvement with our club, hopefully for many years to come.

Club Contributions

Played: 1992-1998 (3rd Grade Blunt Cup Premiership 1997)

3rd Grade Coach (Blunt Cup): 2004 (Premiership / LRU Coach of the Year)

Rugby Director: 2005

2nd Grade Manager (Stockdale Cup): 2015

1st Grade Coach (Kentwell Cup): 2016


The Appeals Committee and Independent Disciplinary Hearing Committee now consider these matters to be closed.

We thank everyone for their ongoing support over the past few months and ask that it continues as we push into season 2017 and beyond. It’s going to be one of the most important in the club’s 98-year



Yours in rugby,

Tristan Warner

Appeals Sub Committee Chairman

Former President (2007-2009)


September 27


Published September 27, 2016


(Sung to the tune of John Denvers classic tune “Take Me Home”)

End of season.. celebration
Almost 100 years …since its creation
Best and fairest ….. players in the teams
Curto reckons he’ll win a gong.. ..ha ha mate in your dreams!

Take me hooooooome…. Down Tryon Road
To a place……where we beloooooong
Lindfield Rugby…..running Rugby
Take me home…..down Tryon Road

That is just a taste of the quality entertainment you can expect at Lindfield Rugby Clubs Annual Presentation Night for Season 2016.

Friday the 14th October 2016 is when the club hands out the best and fairest awards as well as many others to deserved recipients that have put their heart and soul into this great club of ours.

So dust off the “Bag of Fruit” that was last used for the 2015 awards night and put the 50 bucks you find in the pants pocket towards buying a ticket to what will surely be a celebration for the ages.

Get your tickets fast as they are hotter than the tickets that D Mill has on himself!!

See you all there and look forward to raising a glass to our great club!!

Details below

EST. 1920

Venue – Greengate Hotel Killara
Time – 7:30pm till late.
Tickets – (includes a 3hr drinks package and a two course meal, Special guests and live music.)
$110 for players and supporters
$90 for partners

Dress – Lounge suit/cocktail

For any special dietary requirements please message/call Andrew McWhannell on 0415946266 or mcwhannell@hotmail.com

To purchase tickets please click on the following link –


Tickets are limited and selling fast. I would encourage you to purchase now to avoid missing out on what will be a great evening.

Can’t wait to see you all there!

September 16

Lindfield back playing rugby on a level playing field

Published September 16, 2016

Dear Players, Supporters, Sponsors and Members of the Lindfield Rugby Community,

The NSWSRU Board has today issued its decision in response to our appeal of the previous determination of the NSWSRU Integrity Committee.

We are pleased to be able to announce that the NSWSRU Board has reduced both the level and number of sanctions previously imposed by the NSWSRU Integrity Committee. Importantly, whilst the Club will be competing in Div 2 in 2017, the Club will not suffer any points deductions at either the club championship or individual grade levels.
The Club will not, however, be automatically promoted to Div 1 in 2018 should it top the Div 2 table.

In summary:
• The NSWSRU Board acknowledged the Appeals Sub-Committee’s submission that the Management Committee of the Club did not authorise, know of or were otherwise involved in the payments made to Mr Tala Moli totalling $600;
• However, the NSWSRU Board found the Club guilty of breaching the Rules on the basis that the individuals who made the payments were members of our Club, and that therefore the Club should also be responsible for their actions.

The NSWSRU Board’s revised sanctions are as follows:
1. Lindfield RFC will be graded in Div 2 in 2017, and will not automatically be promoted to Div 1 in 2018 should the Club win the Club Championship in 2017.
2. Lindfield RFC’s individual teams/grades will not have any points penalty imposed for the 2017 season.
3. Lindfield RFC will not have any club championship points penalty imposed for 2017.
4. Lindfield RFC is placed on a $10K bond for a period of 5 years, reviewed annually. The bond will be forfeited if the Club or any of its members are found guilty of breaching the player registration rules and/or the Union’s amateur status.
5. LRU’s expulsion from the 2016 Div 1 season (and the removal of the Club’s 2nd and 3rd Grade teams from the 2016 Div 1 finals series) stands.
6. Mr Pat Lang’s ban be reduced from a ‘life’ ban to 15 years.
7. Mr Adam Coughlan’s ban is to remain at 5 years.

Whilst we remain disappointed both with the Board’s findings of blame attributed to the Club and the severity of the sanctions imposed on both the Club and the two individuals, this positive outcome will allow the Club to commence preparations for the 2017 season on an even keel so as to give the Club the best chance for it to restore itself to its rightful position as a powerhouse in the NSW rugby scene in the years to come. The Club remains a strong supporter of the amateur status of the NSW Suburban Rugby Union competition and will continue to seek to promote and advance the game of Rugby Union on the North Shore of Sydney.

This ordeal has obviously tested the Club, its members, sponsors and the broader Lindfield Rugby community in ways that have perhaps never previously been experienced. The support shown for the Club has been monumental. It demonstrates how much the Club means to so many people and certainly bodes well for the strength of the Club going forward as it approaches 100 years in existence.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for all of your continued support. We assure you that the Club’s energy and resolve to seek to restore its fine reputation is fully charged and unwavering. The 2017 season is going to be the most important season for the Club in its 97 year history. We are confident that the Club will not only survive, it will thrive with the opportunity that has now been presented to it. However, we need all of your help to ensure that this happens.

The 2016 LRU Presentation Dinner has been moved to Friday, 14 October 2016 (previously announced as 7 October 2016) and the Annual General Meeting for the Club is going to be held shortly thereafter. We strongly encourage all members of the Club to attend both of these occasions with a view to kicking off the 2017 season now.
See you all at Preso Night!

Yours in Rugby,
Tristan Warner
Appeals Sub Committee Chairman
Former President (2007-2009)