MACQUARIE University have extended their long standing partnership with the Sydney Rays that has seen the club branch out into women’s sevens and become a force in the National Rugby Championship.
The leading tertiary institution will be with the Rays for the start of the ground-breaking Aon Uni 7s series at the end of August and the fourth year of the NRC which kicks off in September.
Rays chairman Gary Flowers believes the Rays’ relationship with Macquarie Uni has evolved into a very strong partnership.
“We don’t like to look on our bond with Macquarie as a sponsorship, it’s an enduring partnership,” Flowers said.
“And like any good partnership both parties have grown through their time together and we feel that has happened over the four years.
“Later this month our women’s sevens team will debut in the Aon Uni 7s series and our men’s team have matured into a formidable force and are now a vital part of the pathway between club footy and Super Rugby.”
Macquarie Uni was the founding major partner of the Rays (then known as the North Harbour Rays) at the start of the NRC in 2014.
Kim Guerin, Director of Campus Life, Macquarie University said:
“The initiative of entering a women’s sevens team in the Uni 7s series is great for women’s sport at Macquarie and an exciting development in the partnership.”
On September 9 and 10 a Festival of Rugby will be staged at Macquarie with the second round of the Aon Uni 7s series playing out on both Saturday and Sunday and culminating with the start of the Rays men’s season against the Western Sydney Rams.
Preparations for that are well advanced and it has grown the event management competencies of the university as well as the Rays management team.
The Aon 7s series will be streamed live on www.rugby.com.au while the Rays men’s games can be followed on one of the Fox Sports channels or streamed live.