Roo Dogs 2018 Taking Shape

Stephen Cavanagh

The off-season doesn’t last long these days, with the Wanneroo Rugby Club’s 2018 campaign well and truly taking shape. Newly appointed Director of Rugby Brenden Loag and Premier Grade Head Coach Stephen “Festa” Cavanagh have been grafting away behind the scenes to lay the foundations to take on the recently restructured RugbyWA competition. Club legend Michael Johnson has also joined the team as the Premier Grade Manager for 2018, offering a wealth of first-hand experience and leadership.

Cavanagh has already been working hard on the next generation of Roo Dogs by conducting Academy sessions for the young up and coming players of the club.

“While we’re striving for success in the coming seasons, we have to also invest in the future generations. We need to maintain any momentum that we create,” Cavanagh states about the recent off-season training. The improvements demonstrated by the young players over recent weeks are all great signs for the future of the club.

The Rugby Management Team, comprising of Loag, Cavanagh, Johnson and designated board members, have built on the Academies start, by announcing today the blueprint for the club’s 2018 preparations. Official pre-season training will commence on the 30th January 2018 for the Premier Grade squad. The members of this group will be invited early in the new year. Pre-season training will comprise of Tuesday and Thursday sessions with optional Saturday morning beach activities included.

Prior to the official commencement of training, discipline-specific training sessions will be offered during the weeks of January. These short sessions will cover aspects such as passing, kicking, scrummaging, tackling, lineout jumping and attack/agility. The timetable for these will be announced in the coming weeks as direct communication lines with the players are formulated.Mirroring the player preparation will also be the coach development program. These education and mentoring sessions will help the majority of the club’s coaches broaden their skills and better understand the direction that the rugby will be taking at the club. Not only will the program guide coaches in the technical aspect rugby, but it will also offer assistance in the areas of teaching skills, group management, planning and team progression. This program will run alongside the club’s player preparations, providing the opportunity for first-hand demonstrations of content. Coaches will be individually approached about this opportunity as roles and club teams are finalised in the coming weeks.

Further announcements are close on the horizon such as trial matches, pre-season tournaments and the commencement of training for the broader club, including the resurrection of the old Brew Dogs playing group who specialise in lower grade domination. This group will have their own individually designed pre-season program.
Stay tuned for more information on the great new things happening around the club. Enjoy the Christmas break with friends and family and we look forward to 2018.


Appointment of 2018 Premier Grade Coach

Wanneroo Districts Rugby Union Football Club Inc is proud to announce the appointment of its new premier grade coach for the 2018 season. Stephen Cavanagh (aka Festa) is a loyal Wanneroo man having played 100+ first grade games for the club. He has been been coaching the colts and involved with the Western Force future force program. Congratulations Festa!!

Wanneroo Rugby Head Coach Vacancy (2018 Season)

Wanneroo Districts Rugby Union Football Club is seeking a Premier Grade Head Coach for the 2018 season.

The part-time position presents an opportunity for a highly motivated person to work with the other club coaches, oversee the development program, strength and conditioning, and coach first grade in Western Australia’s Premier Grade Competition.

The Club’s primary goal is to Better the Player, Better the Person and Better the Community.

This frames our focus on an already strong club culture. The Club actively supports aspirational players, coaches and managers and we look forward to furthering our recent history of providing a platform for those associated with the Club to reach the next level of their goals.

The Role:
Reporting ultimately to the Club’s Board but day to day involvement with the Director of Rugby.
The Head Coach will be responsible for:

  • providing direction and leadership for all grade and colts teams including coaches and support staff
  • align technical strategy across all teams for future development and success
  • the performance of the 1st Grade team
  • overseeing and managing individual development plans for players
  • managing support staff including medical and strength and conditioning experts.
  • identify retention/development needs of current players
  • identify recruitment requirements to build a strong on field platform that fits with the Club Culture
  • ability to work within the rugby budget – noting management of overall budget is done by the Board.
  • report to the Board on a monthly basis, including on field performance, injury management and player development strategies

An agreed set of performance indicators will be put in place with the successful candidate to ensure clarity of expectations. The successful applicant will hold a minimum of a World Rugby (Level 3) accreditation.

Starting date, remuneration and length of tenure will be negotiated with the successful applicant.

For further information or submission of a resume, application and referee details contact

Applications close COB Friday 15th September 2017, with an appointment expected by the end of September.