QLD Premier Rugby: A family affair at GPS

By Michael Atkinson. Photo: News Corp Like the famous transport slogan says, “without trucks, Australia stops moving”; so too could the same logic apply to families and club rugby. The Richards family at G.P.S. Old Boys Rugby club in Brisbane’s inner-west suburb of Ashgrove are part of a large collection of families in the area who’ve helped keep the club moving. Their association with the ‘Jeeps’ dates back 20 years when the first of six sons - in a family of 8 children, 6 boys and two girls - started playing juniors. “The outlet here for young families to enjoy themselves is enormous” said patriarch of the family, John. “It’s a local community, your local club, good people, good times, and the rugby is good – but that was sort of secondary.” As the family grew, the natural progression was for the younger boys to spend their weekends running around in the green and blue, building a love for the game and, more importantly, building lifelong friend
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