Stuartholme selected as Australian Representative Schoolgirls Team for Rugby Heritage Cup, France

Wednesday, 15/02/2023 Posted by: Annabel Irvin

The exciting announcement today that Stuartholme has been announced as the only girls’ school in Australia to compete at the inaugural Rugby Heritage Cup (RHC2023) in France this September was met with screams of overwhelming surprise and anticipation.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for twelve Stuartholme students in years’ eight and nine to travel to Pontlevoy in France to compete against 24 international teams, in the week before the Rugby World Cup,” said Mr Crump.

“We are very proud of our Rugby Sevens program, which we introduced just three years’ ago.

“We have some very passionate players in our squad that will be vying for a spot in this team.”

Stuartholme School is an international School of the Sacred Heart. The Society of the Sacred Heart is an international congregation of Catholic religious women that was established by Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat in France in 1800.  Sophie’s educational approach remains relevant today, putting the students at the heart so they can be challenged in a supportive and affirming environment to reach their potential in all areas of development – spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional, and physical.

“We are very proud of our French heritage and the opportunity to travel to our place of birth, whilst also celebrating the 200th anniversary of Rugby,” said Mr Crump.

The tournament will be held 2-7 September 2023.  To be eligible, the 12 players need to be under 15 years’ of age and born between 8 September 2008 and 7 September 2010.  They will be accompanied by three team officials.

“This is certainly an unprecedented sporting event,” said Mr Crump.

“Over the coming weeks we will be selecting our team based on their exceptional athletic ability and ready them for this epic tournament on the world stage.”

The Stuartholme students will travel with Iona College – the Australian representative schoolboys’ team.


On ABC Breakfast Radio 22nd February 2022.   Students, Neva Thorn and Emma Lister and Principal, Danny Crump spoke with ABC breakfast radio hosts Lorreta Ryan and Craig Zonca about the exciting announcement.

Radio Interview is below:


As seen in the Courier Mail on the 21st of February 2023.

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