The Lord Howe Island Woodhens rugby team aiming for trip to Phuket

The Lord Howe Island Woodhens hard at work on the training pitch. Photo: Facebook
The Lord Howe Island Woodhens hard at work on the training pitch. Photo: Facebook

THE Port Macquarie business and sporting community will aid the relationship between the town and Lord Howe Island by way of a rugby fundraiser.

Lord Howe Island (LHI) Woodhens Rugby team are shooting for a May 2017 tour to the Phuket International Rugby 10s.

This is a costly exercise and the first of its kind.

It is an opportunity for a group of young people to play together for the first time and represent Lord Howe on the world stage.

It already has a mountain of support from sporting legends like ex-Wallaby and Rugby World Cup winning captain Nick Farr Jones.

Cassegrain Wines is also on board, hosting the fundraising event on March 3, 2017, from 12pm with guest speakers, a host of stunning auction items and the chance to connect with some of Australia’s best rugby personalities.

Former Wallaby players Andrew Walker and Scott Gourley will also compete for Lord Howe in the Phuket International Rugby 10s, which will be held on May 26 to 28 this year.

“We are asking for your support by attending this great lunch to assist in making this tour a success,” said former Wallaby Adrian Skeggs, a former Lord Howe resident and leader of their team.

“With the massive relationship between Lord Howe and Port Macquarie, we have a lot of people who are keen to help out and get this team going to the tournament.

“We find that the community of Port Macquarie are being very generous.

“To get the team on such a big stage would be huge.

“We really want to give these guys some experience, and we are also sponsoring an orphan over in Phuket.”

The team are also sponsoring seven students from the Lord Howe Island school to go to Canberra, as well as sponsoring a child at the Phuket Asia Centre Foundation for disadvantaged children.

To book a table at the fundraiser night, or for more information, contact Cassegrain Wines on (02) 6582 8377 or email


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