The Selection Process

Players wishing to be considered for selection in an Eastwood Representative team MUST attend the Selection Day Trial on the nominated date.

See Season Dates Menu for all the dates.

This is a compulsory trial unless the Eastwood Representative Committee grants a player dispensation.

  • Complete the dispensation form (see Documents Menu for link) The completed form must be forwarded to the by the due date (see form)
  • For dispensation to be granted a Doctor’s certificate or documentation supporting travel or
  • School commitments must be produced.
  • Dispensation is at the discretion of the Eastwood Representative committee
  • A dispensation does significantly disadvantage a players ability to be selected.
  • Players will be notified via email if their dispensation is granted and coaches and selectors will be notified.
  • Dispensation does not guarantee selection; however
    EDJRU reserves the right to select any player who they feel displays the necessary qualities to be a representative player, regardless of their attendance or non-attendance at the selection day.
  • If the player is prevented from attending the selection day due to an emergency on the day EDJRU must be notified immediately by phone to Lynda Jones 0438 862 421.
  • In the event of a player withdrawing from the selected team prior to the State championships, EDJRU reserves the right to select any player regardless of their attendance or non-attendance at the selection day.
  • Representative Coaches and Selectors will be in attendance at the Selection Day Trial and may attend club trials and competition match prior to Selection Day.
  • Representative Coaches and Selectors may request the attendance of all players who intend to trial at a skills day prior to the selection day. EDJRU or the coaches will advise you if this is required. The above dispensation guidelines apply.
    • The Commitment to the Eastwood Representative team selections are made on the basis that:
      • the player’s first commitment is to the EDJRU Representative team
      • that the player is committed and is available to attend:

      • All organised training sessions as advised by team management
      • All Trial Games including but not limited to Mother’s Day.
      • All State Championship matches as per their age group:
        • U10 – Sunday only
        • U11 Teams – Saturday & Sunday
        • U12-U17 Teams – Saturday, Sunday & Monday June Long Weekend

2018 State Championship venues are: 

U10 & U11 2 day event 20 & 21 July at Tuggerah (Central Coast)

U12 3 Day event 8, 9, 10 June at Camden

U13 3 Day event 8, 9, 10 June at Maitland

U14 3 Day event 8, 9, 10 June at Orange

U15 3 Day event 8, 9, 10 June at Sydney location

U16 3 Day event 8, 9, 10 June at Sydney location

U17 3 Day event 8, 9, 10 June at Sydney location


U/xx’s and U/14’s will travel away from Sydney to Orange for the weekend.  All players and a parent/s or guardian must stay at the designated team accommodation for 3 nights from Friday night.

Once advised of training dates you will be expected to attend all nominated dates. Players must attend more than 75% of all training sessions. Failure to meet these expectations may result in that player being removed from the squad. Coaches will verbalise their expectations when announcing their training sessions.  (Sports training other than Eastwood representative training is NOT an acceptable reason).

All trial dates are compulsory, failure to attend trial dates without a Doctors certificate or acceptable reason could result in the player being removed from the starting team or removed from the squad all together. (Sports Commitments other than Eastwood representative games are NOT an acceptable reason).

The team manager must be advised of the player’s inability to attend in a reasonable time before training or a game, by email, phone or text.

Playing Time

Ages 10 to 14

  • Coaches and Managers will endeavour to ensure all players receive a reasonable amount of game time across trials, State championship pool and semi final games.
  • Eastwood reserve the right to limit a player’s game time if the player is having disciplinary/behavioural issues, continually arrives late to training or games without prior explanation or permission. Clear communication from the manager will precede this action.
  • Coaches must consider players ability, safety and attitude in determining the amount of game time received.
  • If you have any issue with the game time you son/daughter is receiving please raise this with your team manager, it is their responsibility to raise it with the coaching staff and then provide you with an answer.

Age 15 to 17

  • The strongest 15 players will be selected to start every game. The starting 15 will be given ample opportunity to secure a win before replacements might be made.
  • Replacements will be made at the discretion of the coaches at the time of their choosing.
  • Preliminary starting 15 will be communicated at the announcement of the team.
  • Players will be given ample opportunity to press for selection during trial games before the State Championship.
  • Players not comfortable with being in the squad but not in the starting 15 will be given an opportunity to withdraw before signing the “Agreement to play”.
  • Coaches must consider players ability, safety and attitude in determining the amount of game time received.

Communication Guidelines

  • Eastwood to parent communication
    All communication will be distributed from EDJRU prior to selection then by the team manager.
    Information provided but not limited to will include:
    • Trial / selection dates, venues and guidelines
    • Coaches and selectors names
    • Team announcements including selection
    • Notification of dispensation given
    • Changes in process or direction given
    • Etc, Etc
  • Parent to Eastwood
    All communication both written and verbal must come through your team manager. The manager will forward if required and parent request to the EDJRU committee for consideration and response.

Social Outing- Player fees include (Dates and locations to be updated for 2018 Season)

  • The 10s to 13’s teams will get together for a social night Saturday 2 June – information will be distributed closer to the time.
  • The Under 13’s team travelling to Port Stephens for the State Championships will be partly subsidised by the Eastwood Representative Program. Parents will also need to subsidise the costs in addition to their player fees
  • The Under 14’s team travelling to Orange for the State Championships will be partly subsidised by the Eastwood Representative Program. Parents will also need to subsidise the costs in addition to their player fees.
  • The U/15’s and U/16’s will attend a team social night date TBC by the manager.
  • The 17’s attend the Eastwood Junior Parent dinner
  • All parents and players are encouraged to read the Codes of Conduct which apply to officials, coaches, managers, parents and players which can be found on the Eastwood Junior Rugby Team App.

To nominate for selection, go to Documents and complete the Player Application Form (Google Docs) on the provide link.