Hunter Rugby premiership captains and coaches came together this week to launch the 2021 rugby season with players ready to hit the paddock after a 19-month hiatus from normal competition.
Hunter Rugby Chair Glen Turner said players, coaches, support staff and fans were itching to get back on the park and into the grandstands after the COVID-19 pandemic effected 2020 season.
"Between our Tooheys Cup men's and women's premier teams and our Piddington Cup divisional teams, we have a really strong and exciting season of rugby ahead of us, " he said.
"It's fitting that we are celebrating a milestone 130 years of rugby in the Hunter for Season 2021 under the new banner of Hunter Rugby, with the first formal competition in Newcastle and the Hunter held in 1891."
There are nine teams in the Hunter Rugby Premiership division including Singleton RUFC who kick off their season away from home against Maitland at Marcellin Park on Saturday.