Born and bred into a rugby family, Paremo Marsh raised eyebrows when she joined the Canberra Mustangs for the inaugural Ladies Gridiron League last year.
Former Waratahs centre and Sydney University captain Tom Carter believes their top of the table clash against arch-rivals Randwick will be decided at the breakdown.
At Randwick Rugby Club's season launch last Thursday, in a boardroom 38 storeys high looking out towards Sydney Harbour, ARU chief executive Bill Pulver arrived and took his seat at an event not many expected him to attend.
Former Wallabies coach and Randwick president Bob Dwyer has launched a scathing attack on ARU chief executive Bill Pulver for financially neglecting Sydney rugby clubs after asking for their help two years ago because the game's governing body was "going to go broke".
Injuries have struck early for NRC side NSW Country Eagles. And they're expecting to be pushed hard by Canberra Vikings on Saturday.
Eastwood have gone back-to-back in the Shute Shield for the first time in 12 years after a tryless 15-12 win over Manly at Concord Oval.
Despite errors creeping into their game, Randwick claimed their first Shute Shield win.
Sydney University centre Tom Carter won't go as far as to say the club "are the underdogs" of the Shute Shield competition this year.
The Gordon Highlanders came to Woollahra Oval and conquered Eastern Suburbs in their Shute Shield opener to clinch an away win they can owe to their strength at the breakdown.
South African Jacques Potgieter didn't waste time leaving an impact on the Waratahs in his first season for them last year when they won their first Super Rugby title.
The Randwick rugby team will take part in a pioneering concussion research program in which all first grade players will wear a biosensor to record impact levels in contact.
Manly capitalised on the strength of their massive pack to beat Shute Shield leaders Warringah and take first place on the ladder from them with an emphatic home victory on Saturday.
Manly coach Phil Blake is first to be named as a head coach of one of the teams in this year's inaugural National Rugby Championship.
Mark Bakewell says it would be a "massive bonus" if his new coaching position with the Tokyo-based club Suntory leads to an opportunity with a Japan franchise in an expanded Super Rugby competition.
Northern Suburbs coach Scott Fava believes his side can clinch their first Shute Shield victory of the season if they can just push through the 60-minute mark of the game, rather than “drop our bundle” as they have done in the past.
Consistency is everything in professional sport. If you want to be a top side in the Super Rugby competition you need to be consistent in everything you do - not just playing, but in all areas. Coaching, training and rest all play a certain role and are just as important as each other.
While the James O'Connor controversy roars afresh, consider another post-game furore from the weekend.
There is an interesting development happening in club-land and the powers that be are being very protective of their product. Rightly so, as they have invested time and money into their commodity and don't want to see it taken away from them.
Benn Robinson has a score to settle - and it's not with Australian coach Ewen McKenzie for deciding not to select him for the Wallabies squad.
The Shute Shield grand final between Sydney University and Eastwood has the potential to boil over well after full-time at Concord Oval on Saturday, and into a family feud.