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Pokolbin Rugby Club

Our Club is one of the newest Rugby Clubs in Australia being incorporated in January 2006. However we are not the first Pokolbin Rugby Club as one existed up until the early 1970’s.

The current club was conceived on the 4th September 2005 in a restaurant overlooking Auckland Harbour by four Rugby nuts recovering from another loss to the All Blacks. We figured the only way to fix Australia’s problem was to create a club driven by the love of Wine, Rugby and the good times associated with both.


Initially it was decided to only have a social club (no playing) to enjoy the after game sports. The NHRU hadn’t had a request to form a non-playing club before and encouraged us to drag some guys out of the cellars and vineyards and get a team together. This was duly done, the phones ran hot, we had a team in division three, rounded up some great sponsors and the Pokolbin Reds are a now reality.

Our home ground is a lovely oval in the spectacular Hunter Valley Gardens complex right in the heart of Wine Country. Rugby days are casual and relaxed with pitch side marquees hosting a lively crowd watching “champagne” rugby and consuming world renown Hunter Valley wines.

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