Two Blues General Manager Announcement

Two Blues General Manager Announcement

The Two Blues are excited to announce that Christian Burden has been appointed as the Club’s new General Manager. Christian takes over from Craig Morgan, who has served as the Club’s General Manager for the past 5 years.

Christian joins the Two Blues after an extensive recruitment process, impressing the club with his experience, vision, and alignment to the club’s desire to become a powerhouse of Australian rugby.

Possessing a strong understanding of the Shute Shield with a 1st Grade playing career between 1995-2004 and with strong commercial acumen and professional background, Christian joins the club with an impressive resume.

A Two Blues Spokesperson said “We are delighted to welcome Christian to the Club and look forward to working with him in what is an exciting time for the Two Blues with the pending opening of the impressive Eric Tweedale Stadium and with our new coaching team who have hit the ground running with development of the club’s rugby program. Christian impressed during the interview stage presenting an extensive plan for the club and we are looking forward to having Christian as part of the team. We would also like to take this opportunity to publicly thank Craig for his hard work, dedication, and commitment as our General Manager over the past five years, steering the Club through some major challenges, and we wish him all the best for the future.”

In the lead up to commencing his role, Christian said “I am honoured to have been offered this opportunity to work with the Western Sydney Two Blues and lead them into what is an exciting time in the development of Rugby in the West. Our new world class home ground and stadium facilities present a once in a lifetime opportunity for Rugby to mark its presence in Western Sydney, something which sits at the heart of the Club’s strategy moving forward. In addition, we look forward to developing stronger connections with our community, past players, sponsors and supporters, and we are most grateful for the strong support we have from Cumberland Council, NSW Rugby Union, and Sydney Rugby Union to deliver a first-class Rugby program and experience at the Two Blues.”

The Two Blues welcome Christian who has now commenced a transition period to ensure a smooth handover and will formally take over operations from the 2nd of October 2021.

Christian Burden Overview

Premiership & Representative Rugby

  • Southern Districts (1995 – 1997)
  • Australian U21s (1996)
  • Australian Universities (1997)
  • Eastern Suburbs (1998 – 1999)
  • West Harbour (2001 – 2003)
  • Parramatta (2004)

Professional Background

  • National Partnerships Executive – JDRF Australia
  • Chief Executive Officer – Australian Allergy Clinic
  • Director of Development – University of Plymouth (UK)
  • Associate Director of Development – Western Sydney University
  • Alumni & Development Manager – Trinity Grammar School
  • Alumni & Development Officer – The Scots College

Two Blues Club President

Two Blues Club President

The Two Blues are pleased to announce Scott Rogan as the clubs President taking over from Brian Blacklock for the 2022 season.

The club would like to thank Life Member Brian Blacklock for his years of dedicated service, passion and commitment for which we are forever grateful.

Scott has lived in the Hawkesbury for 30 years. His career has included serving in the NSW Police for 25 years, retiring in 2012 as a Detective Inspector, Scott’s service in the NSW Police was mostly spent working in Western Sydney.

Since retiring from the NSW Police, Scott has worked for NSW Rugby Union and as an Investigator for NSW Independent Commission against Corruption; NSW Electoral Commission and Australian Commission Law Enforcement Integrity. He now runs his own Governance/Investigative Consultancy Business.

Scott is also a Fellow of Governance Institute of Australia, and Member of Australian Institute Company Directors, serving on a variety of Community Boards.  He has post graduate degrees in Corruption and Integrity Management and Intelligence, Cyber Security, and Counter Terrorism and Sport Coaching.

He has had a lifetime involvement in Rugby Union and Cricket.  Scott is a former player of Parramatta Rugby Club and referee coach with NSW Rugby Referees.  He also umpires in Sydney Grade Cricket competitions with NSW Cricket Umpires.

Scott was appointed to the Board of the  Two Blues in 2018.

Assistant Coach Appointment

Assistant Coach Appointment

The Two Blues are pleased to announce former Waratahs and Brumbies player Liam Winton as an assistant coach for season 2022.  

Liam has enjoyed success as a player and coach, a highly experienced player with strong links to Western Sydney having played 94 Shute Shield games with Penrith and 49 Shute Shield games with Sydney University that included winning two premierships.  

Winton joins the Two Blues Coaching team after a highly successful two years with Gordon Rugby as 1st Grade Assistant Coach during seasons 2020 and 2021 in which time Gordon were victorious in the claiming the Shute Shield premiership in 2020. 

Winton said of his appointment “Being a product of Western Sydney I always wanted to return and give back to the area where my rugby career began.

When the opportunity arose to assist Losi at the Two Blues I was excited by the prospect of being a part of a high-quality program on the doorstep of aspiring rugby players in Western Sydney.

 With the calibre of staff and brand-new facilities at Eric Tweedle Stadium I have no doubt we will be able to create an environment which will add to the development of our players and most importantly deliver positive results.” 

 A Two Blues spokesperson said “we would like to welcome Liam to the Two Blues and the coaching team. Liam is experienced, successful and very well respected and he brings additional understanding of the Western Sydney community, which will only strengthen our coaching team and programs. We are excited to have Liam on board and look forward to what’s to come in the 2022 season”.

Liam Winton

2006 – 2009 Penrith Emus 

78 1st Grade games

 2010 – 2011 Brumbies Rugby

 2012 – 2013 NSW Waratahs

Super Rugby Debut v Western Force 09/06/13

2012 – 2015 Sydney University Rugby 

49 1st Grade games

x2 Shute Shield Premier ’12 ’13

 2017 Penrith Emus

1st Grade Assistant Coach / Captain

16 1st Grade games

2019 – 2021 Gordon Rugby Club

1st Grade Assistant Coach

2020 Shute Shield Premiers

Head Coach Announcement

Head Coach Announcement

The Western Sydney Two Blues are excited to announce the appointment of Sailosi Tagicakibau as the clubs new Head Coach.

A well-known and highly respected identity across the Shute Shield with significant International Rugby experience, Sailosi has an impressive playing resume, more recently achieving strong results in coaching at both Warringah and Gordon Rugby Clubs.

Sailosi joins the Two Blues from Gordon where he was both Director of Colts and Head Coach of the highly successful Gordon Colts program. Prior, Sailosi took the Warringah Colts program to successive finals series.

A Two Blues club spokesperson said “we are delighted to welcome Sailosi to the Two Blues as Head Coach. There was an extensive recruitment process with a large volume of high-level candidates to work through, the recruitment panel included representatives of both the Waratahs and Rugby Australia and we thank them for their valued input. We are extremely confident in Losi’s ability to develop a strong and appealing rugby program and a positive on and off field culture that will support the clubs aim to become a powerhouse of Australian Rugby”.

Behind the scenes, the work has already commenced, and steps are well underway as the clubs new Head Coach looks to build a strong and exciting coaching team around him and launch head on into the recruitment & retention process to piece together a highly competitive playing squad for the 2022 season.

Sailosi said of his appointment, “I’m very grateful for this opportunity and look forward to the journey ahead. I’ve always admired the culture and diversity of the club and look forward to building a top-class rugby program in the West. Fa’afetai lave & Vinaka vakalevu”.

 The Two Blues are excited to welcome Sailosi to the club in a full-time capacity as the clubs Head Coach with the club entering an exciting phase of its future with the pending opening of Eric Tweedale Stadium and revitalised Rugby Program.

Sailosi Tagicakibau

Super Rugby

Waikato Chiefs 2005

Stormers-2014

Aviva Premiership (UK)

London Irish 2005-2014

Wasps 2015-2017

International

Manu Samoa 2003-2011

Barbarians RFU 2011

Pacific Islanders 2006/2008

NPC (NZ)

Counties-Manukau 2001-2003

Taranaki 2003-2005

Shute Shield

Warringah Rats 2017-2020

Gordon Rugby 2021

Two Blues Partner with SEDA College to Launch the Two Blues HSC Program

Two Blues Partner with SEDA College to Launch the Two Blues HSC Program

The Two Blues are pleased to announce an exciting new partnership with SEDA Group and SEDA College NSW to deliver the Two Blues HSC Program.

SEDA College NSW is a secondary education provider based in Sydney, which delivers a range of course offerings to meet the varying needs of its students.  The SEDA Group learning model embraces an experiential and applied pedagogy with strong industry partnerships, particularly in the sports industry.

Students complete a Certificate 3 in Sport and Recreation, a Certificate 2 in Business, Advanced First Aid and CPR, and all the requirements of the HSC. They also have the opportunity to complete other certifications, for example, a Certificate 3 in Fitness, Community Services, or Events Management.

The SEDA model places student interest at the forefront of their secondary education, through a practical connection to industry. SEDA partners with a variety of sporting groups including Rugby League via Parramatta Eels and South Sydney Rabbitohs, Basketball Sydney Kings, Football Western Sydney Wanderers & Sydney FC, AFL NSW, Cricket Australia and Netball NSW.

Two Blues General Manager Craig Morgan said “we are very excited to be launching this new partnership with SEDA. This will be the first Rugby Union program for the college and great for the club to sit alongside other premier sporting organisations as a SEDA program partner. We see a wealth of opportunity for Students, SEDA and the Two Blues via the delivery of mutually rewarding programs that link education, sport and business together.

SEDA’s students benefit from the connection to high level clubs, volunteering opportunities, expertise of club staff, and industry work placements. Students also have the opportunity to gain insight into careers and maximise chances of work in the industry after graduation.

For further information on SEDA College NSW visit www.sedacollege.nsw.edu.au

Kiama 7s Victory

Kiama 7s Victory

The Two Blues Men and Women contested the Kiama 7s on the weekend with our dynamic women’s team eliminated in the semi finals in a close encounter with Warringah. The girls have been outstanding with a real mix of youth and experience showing exciting signs for the future of womens rugby in the district.

Our men after a narrow loss to Northern Suburbs in pool play extracted revenge and redemption by returning serve in the Cup Final defeating a valiant Norths to claim our first Kiama 7s in over 40+ years.

Congratulations to all the squad members, coaching & management team on such a successful start to the 2021 season.