Penrith Rugby Club would like to advise that it is delighted to have accepted an invitation from Sydney Rugby Union to compete in the 2020 Shute Shield Competition.

After a two year hiatus from Sydney’s Premier Rugby Competition the Emus will be back once the start date of competition is agreed upon by Sydney Rugby Union (SRU) and the NSW Government.

Club President Gary McColl says:
“We are delighted to accept the invitation from the SRU to compete in an abridged Shute Shield competition in 2020. Our re-entry into the competition is just our first step into the growth and development of not only the club but Rugby in Western Sydney as well. A lot of hardwork has been under-taken by the club since we last competed in 2018, for example our Board of Directors have met every single month during the hiatus working towards this moment. However, we’re not getting ahead of ourselves. The hard work is being done and there’s an enormous amount to do. We are not looking at coming back just to exist, we are coming back to be competitive and to get Rugby back on the map for the young men and women of Sydney’s west.”

Following on from the acceptance of the invitation the club is pleased to announce the appointment of John Muggleton as Head Coach.

McColl also says: “John’s CV speaks for itself. He is a western Sydney man and has returned from a stint with Toyota in Japan where he was assistant coach to Jake White who won the 2007 Rugby World Cup as Coach of South Africa. Previously John has been Head Coach of the Greater Sydney Rams in the NRC, Assistant Coach at Melbourne Rebels (2011– 2014), NSW Waratahs (2011), Assistant Coach at Gloucester (2014/15) in the Aviva Premiership in England and of course played an instrumental part as Assistant Coach in the Wallabies winning the 1999 Rugby World Cup. To have a Coach and a man of John’s quality and integrity involved with the club is huge and cannot be underestimated.”

Coach John Muggleton says:
“There’s no question Penrith has a lot of work to do. However I have been encouraged by how the club has worked at improving its standards behind the scenes and I am very much looking forward to developing a side that will be more than competitive. We are already recruiting heavily for not only quality players but also quality support staff to ensure the club hits the ground running when the competition starts. The results of the past are just that, in the past, and we’ll endeavour to build a strong competitive squad to give the region and the code some much needed positive attention.”

The Sydney Rugby Union are expected to announce competition start dates shortly.