Sydney Fleet Ready to Launch ARC Campaign

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Tuesday, 27 February 2007
NSWRU Media Unit

Sydney’s new Australian Rugby Championship team will be known as the Sydney Fleet.
The name and logo – a traditional design featuring the Sydney anchor and decided upon by the team steering committee in consultation with key Rugby stakeholders – were officially launched by Waratahs Rocky Elsom and Daniel Halangahu aboard the HMAS Vampire at Darling Harbour on Tuesday

“It certainly is a fitting way to launch a team that will be known as the Fleet,” Sydney Fleet head coach Col Jeffs said.

“If we can muster even a fraction of the strength embodied by this great vessel then we’ll be doing pretty well.”

Elsom (Randwick) and Halangahu (Sydney University) will both be eligible to play for the Fleet through their club affiliations.

Eastern Suburbs and Southern Districts are the two remaining clubs aligned with the Fleet, which will play in Blue and Gold jerseys similar to those warn by Sydney teams of the past.

“Fleet conjures images of strength and tradition, two attributes that I’m sure will become synonymous with the Sydney Fleet,” NSWRU Chief Executive Officer Fraser Neill said.

“The colours and logo quite deliberately echo the great Sydney teams of past years and will bring a sense of history to the future of the competition.

“The four feeder clubs have a great depth of talent, which is something that’s sure to filter through to the Fleet as the ARC wears on.”

The Sydney Fleet will play its home games at North Sydney Oval.

The name and logos for the two remaining NSW teams – based out of Western Sydney and the Central Coast – will be announced in coming weeks.