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Welcome to the cauliflower club

Welcome

The  Cauliflower Club is a charity who embrace the values of  Rugby Union through our members, sponsors, ambassadors and partners to   help raise funds to  provide sporting and recreational equipment to  enhance the lives of  those with a disability, with a bias towards  sporting related injuries.

We have an Annual Lunch, our CCXV team who entertain country crowds and Rugby Long Lunches - Join Us.

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CCXV | 7 September | Wagga Wagga

Squad Announced

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With places for the CCXV now among the hardest to secure in world rugby, the team for the upcoming game on 7th September in Wagga Wagga has been announced.  Those on the waiting list are encouraged to travel to support the elite squad who made the cut.  The team page is up.  Debutant profiles will be published next week.

Who made it?

Coach Announced

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The CCXV coach for Wagga Wagga has been confirmed with ACT Brumbies and former Munster & Gloucester RugbyCoach, “Lord’ Laurie Fisher, to take the helm.  Following in the footsteps of Rod Macqueen and Bob Dwyer, no doubt Fisher considers this amongst this finest achievements to date.

Block out your calendar

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Get your affairs in order and head to Wagga Wagga for an action packed day on 7th September.  Action kicks off at 12pm at Connolly Rugby Park with Junior Rugby Presentations and Coaching Clinic with our ex Wallabies.

Exciting Curtain Raiser

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We are delighted to announce that the curtain raiser for the main action will feature our very good friends VIC Masters v Wagga Barbarians.  This game kicks off at 2.15pm

The Main Game

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The CCXV vs Wagga Crows Old Boys kicks off at 3pm.  CCXV President Swag Adamson (pictured here with former coach Bob Dwyer) was keen to advise media of 2 debutants into the team, who will fight hard to retain their spots among the many fan favourites featuring in this game.  Team sheets will be up this week with profiles of our debutants.

Bring your frock

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In a slight change, and possibly an upgrade, to proceedings, this game will be followed by a Gala Dinner & Charity Auction with CCA being a beneficiary of the event.  Tickets are on sale until 30th August (or when sold out) and you can book tickets via the link below.

Gala Dinner

CONGRATULATIONS ROB!

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Rob Horne's Kokoda Challenge

CCA  Board Director and former Wallaby and Waratah Rob Horne, has taken on the huge personal challenge, and completed the Kokoda Track in late July.  We will be publishing an update from him on the experience in the coming weeks.  What a fantastic effort!

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2019 Annual cauliflower club lunch

Thank you

To everyone who attended our lunch.  It was a great gathering of rugby lovers.  

Thank you to all our sponsors and to everyone who bought a raffle ticket, bid on an auction prize, joined in heads and tails, shared their rugby stories as you all contributed to a wonderful event.  

Thank you for your support.

The photo gallery is up on the lunch page - so check out if you made it into the gallery.

If you are not yet a member, please consider joining us.

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Great visit to bankwest stadium

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Come and Try Wheelchair Experience

We recently headed out to Bankwest Stadium for charity round with The Waratahs and joined with our friends at Wheelchair Sports NSW to provide a 'come and try' experience on the way into the Stadium.  If you have not made it out to Bankwest yet, it is worth a visit.

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Showcasing how we help

As well as having the chance to showcase Cauliflower Club in the program and on the screens at the Stadium, we were able to bring along the car presented to Royal Rehab at our last lunch for their Return2Drive program to showcase this and the wheelchairs provided to WSNSW to help share the value of our organisation and the generosity of our members.  CCA Director Dean Mumm joined in the action proudly wearing his coveted CCXV jersey.

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Great support

Huge thanks to WSNSW and GIO NSW Gladiators squad members from L to R: Mark Leslie, Daniel Clarke, Harry Clist, Alex Partington, Jake Field, Simon Bartlett, Ben Leaudais who joined CCA Directors Rob Horne, Dean Mumm and Alison Nolan at the event.

Kayaks delivered for summer

We were delighted to be able to expedite delivery of two hobie kayaks to Sargood to make the most of the summer weather. As you can see, the kayaks are getting a good workout and add to the developing range of activities that can be undertaken by those who spend time at Sargood.

These kayaks are the latest in a series of ways we have provided support to Sargood via donations - the adapted gym, the pool table / table tennis table and now these kayaks all support the activities at this fantastic Centre.

Ongoing relationship

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CCA Director Alicia Quirk takes us inside 7s camp

The 5th leg of the Women's World Series saw the Australian Womens Sevens team head to Langford, Victoria in Canada. We were currently sitting 4th overall on the World Series Ladder, with the top 4 teams this season earning automatic qualification for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. 

We left Sydney on Sunday 5th May and arrived in Canada the same date via 2 flights. Whilst travelling we try as hard as possible to adjust ourselves to our arriving destination’s time zone in order to reduce any side effects of jetlag. 

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Thanks to the generous donations provided over the past year, Cauliflower Club were delighted to be able to present Matt Mackay from Royal Rehab with a new modified Toyota Camry  at the 2018 lunch in November.  This will facilitate their Return2Driving program.   The program promotes safety and independence in driving for people with a range of disabilities and/or medical issues.

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New adapted pool table for Sargood on Collaroy

CCA purchased an adapted pool table and presented it to Sargood on Collaroy where Terri and Rebecca showed off their pool shark skills.  The table has proven hugely popular and has led to some late night socialising,   We were touched by the story of one guest at Sargood who said it was the first time he had been able to teach his son something that they could do together

CCA honoured by reception

The Cauliflower Club were delighted to be hosted for a reception by His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd )) Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia and Her Excellency Lady Cosgrove.  The weather was spectacular and we were delighted to celebrate the work of the Cauliflower Club in such wonderful company and surroundings.

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Established late 2012 by Peter FitzSimons (President) and Nick Farr-Jones (Vice President) The Cauliflower Club is a Rugby based charity committed to providing sporting and recreational equipment to enhance the lives of those with a disability, with a bias towards sporting related injuries. We use the power and prestige of Rugby Union, through our members, sponsors, ambassadors, and partners to help raise funds for the Cauliflower Club to make our mission statement a reality.   

Peter sees it slightly more artistically …. “Though our boots be hung and our day be done, our mission is to bring together the Rugby core as in days of yore. Let us be a gathering point for the folk, and backs too, who know that having cauliflower ears marks you as a man of honour. We want to harness the spirit and values of the game they play in heaven, and through that to give a helping hand to those who have suffered disabilities.”   

Charity funds are raised via the generosity of our growing Australian and overseas expat membership base,  through our annual fundraising lunch held in Sydney, and a range of events attached to various Rugby games at Local, Club, State and International levels.    

Membership is $50 per year and branded merchandise is available through the Club. If you are interested in joining us – please email us members@cauliflowerclub.org.au   

In addition, an optional ‘try fine’ $50 tax-deductible donation is called for every time a Wallaby front rower scores a try.     

  

Our Partners & Major Sponsors

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Ambassadors

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Click the cauliflower to learn more about our Ambassadors, who help raise our profile and engage the broader rugby community in the mission of the Cauliflower Club

Sponsors

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Click the cauliflower to learn more about our Sponsors, who provide support and help us maximise our fundraising.  In addition they provide special offers to our Members.

Sargood Resort

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