The Waratahs are moving out of Moore Park and down to Daceyville, NSW Rugby announced on Wednesday.
NSW’s move, to the University of New South Wales’s (UNSW) David Phillips Sports Complex, has been in the pipeline for months, with the financial commitments of their Allianz Stadium headquarters difficult to conquer.
Other options, including Eastwood and even the former Sevens base in Narrabeen, were reportedly considered as new homes for NSW Rugby, before they settled on the southern move, which will combine the community and elite levels of the game.
While the administrative headquarters will be in Daceyville from Monday December 11, the Super Rugby squad won’t train out of that base permanently until next month.
NSW Rugby and Waratahs CEO Andrew Hore said the move was aimed to help them connect with their communities.
“We are moving into a culturally diverse community and it’s important for us to be able to contribute and provide support in this space. Like our team, the community where we will be based represents different cultures and we want to contribute to the welfare of our support base,” he said.
“Our vision is to be more accessible to our communities and this move will help us achieve that.
“Our long-term plan is to develop a charity incubator to assist with social development, create a world-class community and high performance hub that will better foster development of rugby in NSW and offer valuable services to the community.
“As a sport we value the power of education and we, along with the rest of the rugby community, are about making people better on and off the field. The majority of our players are studying in addition to playing rugby and two of them, Ned Hanigan and Andrew Kellaway are actually doing courses through UNSW.”
The Waratahs kick off their 2018 Super Rugby season against the Stormers on Saturday February 24, kicking off at 7:45pm AEDT. Tickets at waratahs.com.au.