TRC Club President – Julian Wallace
TRC has a proud history as a premier rugby club in Singapore and has grown into the largest club that truly caters for all. It is a great honour to serve the Club as President and I will work hard with our fantastic team of dedicated volunteers to keep TRC as the best club in Singapore!
I have benefited greatly from having rugby in my life both as a player and a coach and I have been fortunate to have been part of some great clubs around the world. The friendships built through rugby last a lifetime.
TRC provides these same friendships and experiences to all its players, supporters and volunteers. We are a friendly, family orientated Club that offers an inclusive range of rugby for all; boys and girls of all ages (including old ones!) and all abilities for both contact and touch.
We are a not for profit club and focus our resources on providing excellent facilities for our members as well as helping others through our charity and outreach programs.
I have been coaching at TRC for many years and have a son that has played since U5s. TRC has an amazing team of coaches across all age groups that focus on core skill and player development for all abilities with an emphasis on fun! We aim to equip all our players with good basic skill sets that will serve them well wherever they go and to understand the importance of rugby’s core values – Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship.
It’s never too late to benefit from rugby and have fun doing it! If you are thinking of joining TRC or have any questions about the Club then please feel free to contact me.
TRC Vice President – Mike Jackson
Mike is a member of TRC for over 6 years, Mike has been a Head Coach for 4 years, is World Rugby Level 1 (iRB) qualified, has been the TRC Junior Cup Tournament Organiser since 2016 and, after losing a bet that his daughter would never give up figure skating to play contact rugby, then became the Tournament Organiser for the Girls Rugby TRC Cup since 2017.
“TRC prides itself on its core values of teamwork, respect, and commitment and we bring these values to life from the first day kids pick up a rugby ball. My coaching philosophy centres around fun and inclusion for all irrespective of ability. As the kids move from games (learning basic skills) into playing non-contact matches we focus on the teamwork aspects rather than individuals and mix teams irrespective of ability. Contact rugby commences in the U8’s and we take pride in the transition and learning process as the kids learn new tackling and rucking skills. Safety is paramount at this stage and so is having fun!”
TRC Director of Rugby – Jaimie McBain
Rugby has been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember, be it as a player, a supporter or as a coach. I have been fortunate to play in different countries around the world, and I believe that Rugby is unique in its ability to provide camaraderie and inclusiveness like no other sport. It is universal in its shared values of teamwork, humility, effort and respect.
At TRC we strive to create a supportive environment where positive and competitive rugby can be played and enjoyed by boys and girls of all ages.
Whilst player welfare is always our priority, we strive for excellence on the pitch starting with support and education for all our coaches, almost all of whom are volunteers, and without whom we could not function as a club, or be able to create and maintain the community that we have.
Not only do we have a strong focus on core skills and game management, but we nurture our players to understand that we are a club that has discipline and respect for each other on and off the pitch. We are all representing each other, and our behaviour reflects this.
As a Dad with two boys playing at TRC, my personal wish is for all our players to leave TRC a better player than when they arrived, fondly look back on their experiences with the club and associate with the TRC culture and identity.
TRC Director of Junior Rugby (U5 – U10) – Samuel Cairns
Sam is a World Rugby Level 1 (IRB) qualified and plays with TRC parents in Singapore’s touch league. Sam has been a member of TRC since 2016, has been a Head Coach of U5, U6, U7, U8 and currently has three children in the Junior rugby category (U5-U10).
“I am highly qualified at herding cats and tying shoe laces.”
“After attending a trials with my 4 and 5 year old boys, parents were asked to volunteer for coaching, so I gave up standing around with a coffee to running around teaching young players basic skills. Personally, the last five years have been incredibly rewarding watching young players develop skills, confidence and teamwork. There is nothing more satisfying than supporting shy newcomers on their journey and I’m now watching my 5 year daughter start hers too!”
“Teamwork, Respect, and Commitment runs throughout the club trainings at every level. My coaching philosophy is one of safety, inclusion, development and game based learning. Earlier years focus on fun and gross motor skills, followed by rule awareness and contact skills in U8 where safety is primary as players develop.
TRC Operations and Membership – Kim Power
I have been a part of TRC since 2014 when I arrived in Singapore with my family. With 4 children, all of whom play at TRC, I soon realised I would be spending most Sundays as a spectator. So rather than trying to change it, I decided to get involved. I started as a Team Manager and helped with general chores. I now run membership and the day to day operations at TRC and have discovered that the general response to most questions at the Club is “ask Kim” so please do come to find me on a Sunday if you need anything. As a family we have built most of our friendships in Singapore through TRC and we truly value the connections that the Club has enabled us to make with some great people.
TRC Head of Touch – Patrick Jelfs
Having developed a passion for rugby, first as a player from aged 6 to 30, followed by a decade in the wilderness purely as a spectator, I had the good fortunate in 2010 to be introduced to TRC by family friends, where I was pleased to discover my two daughters could start playing Touch Rugby.
I was persuaded in 2012 to join the U12 Girls Touch coaching team and have had the privilege of moving up the age groups through U14, U16 and U19 Touch over the last 9 years, being appointed Head of Touch at TRC in 2017.
It has been a fantastic journey and extremely rewarding trying to help our ever expanding girls section develop as players and young people over this time. I have also had the pleasure of coaching TRC’s U16 & U19 Girls Rugby Sevens team from 2017-2020 which again has been a fantastic experience I am very grateful for. My coaching philosophy is very simply to put the children first and try and help every girl be a better player by the end of each year from wherever they start that January.
TRC Honorary Secretary – Jackie Barkham
As a family, we have been a part of TRC since it’s conception in 2006 to the present day as coaches and players and more recently, my daughter moving from TRC player to player in the Singapore National Squad to Touch coach to the U12s. We’ve come full circle. We have made life long friendships through the community that is TRC and I continue to enjoy being part of this wonderful and inspiring Club. “Truly, Madly, Rugby!”
TRC Community Outreach – Melvin Sathananthan
Coaching rugby and working with kids is a passion of mine. Character building and teamwork is something I like to pass on with my experience in the military and playing years. Being a Coach in the best Club and having my boy’s playing is my pride and joy. I hope to extend this to a wider base of Singaporeans and support TRC Outreach programmes for disadvantaged kids.
TRC Treasurer – Ian “Clippy” Gibbs
As one of the founding members, I am the treasurer of TRC. I became involved in TRC in 2005 when we had the inaugural tour to KL and then in 2006 TRC was officially formed. During the years, I have been involved in coaching, where I acquired the nickname “Clippy” given my extensive use of a clipboard, as well as being a member of the committee. Both my sons started at TRC as 4 years old and progressed through to captain the Islanders in their final year at TRC. Having now even hung up my coaching boots (not before time) and retired to the TRC bar, it is great to see both my boys get involved in the club as coaches over the past few months. Obviously there has been tremendous change in TRC over the years as the club has gone from strength to strength both on and off the field. However what is most important about TRC is the strength of community and the live long friendships that develop on the field between the players and by the side of the pitch (or now in the TRC Bar), between the parents and volunteers that make it such an incredible club to be involved with.
TRC Head of Girls Contact – Ben Nicholson
I have been a parent and coach at TRC for 9 years.
The club has changed in many ways in that time, but the buzz of Sunday mornings at TRC is a constant, even in the current COVID restrictions, and I am really pleased to still be involved.
After being a coach through Mini, Junior and Youth Rugby section, I have now taken on the role of Head of Girls Contact Rugby at TRC. Girls contact rugby in Singapore transitioned from being a collective initiative as the ‘Valkyries’ to a club based system in January 2020. The fact that the player pool is big enough to do this is a huge testament to the enthusiasm and dedication of volunteer coaches at TRC and the other JRCS clubs over the past 3 years. I am really pleased to now be supporting those coaches and volunteers with the continued development and growth of the players at TRC.
I also hope to be able to work with the schools and other JRCS clubs to try to grow participation in girls rugby across Singapore so that we have a fun, thriving and competitive game across the country. At TRC, we now have a brilliant group of over 100 girls contact members aged between 9 and 18. If any members have ideas for recruitment of players, or want to support the Girls Contact section in other ways, please do let me know.
TRC Sponsorship – Adrian Ashman
Adrian ‘Big Ash’ ASHMAN has lived and worked in Asia for the past 25 years. Took up rugby when he got too slow to play Aussie Rules and enjoyed a very brief and very average playing career as 2nd rower with far more ability off the rugby field than on it. Loves talking about rugby and is always keen for a chat about any sport and of course TRC sponsorship.
TRC Facilities – Jack Lyons
Heads up the grounds section which entails the pitches and the facilities.
We have completed significant works over the years including pitch drainage, floodlights, clubhouse and toilets amongst a myriad of smaller things. The biggest challenge we have is keeping the pitches in good condition year round given the constant wear and tear and no real off seasons.
Planning for the future will assume a greater emphasis over the mid term.
As a family we started in the club in 2010, and have a daughter and two sons in the club ranging from U5 to U14. The club has assumed an ever increasing place in our lives with some great friends made over the years, and some even dodgier ones too.
For any budding gardening enthusiasts out there, we can offer you 10 acres as your playground. Volunteers are always welcome to come and join.
TRC Head of Communications – Chariya Poopsit
My name is Chariya. I am originally from Bangkok but have lived the last 15 years away. Nick, my husband, is from Melbourne. Our interest in rugby started only when I signed up my son to HKFC rugby. We were drawn to their passion for sport and the jolly community.
When we decided to move to Singapore, we sorted out first things first – school and the new rugby team. Tanglin Rugby Club fits right into what we looked for. Lucas and Natcha have been with the team since 2016. I was a team manager U6/7/8 until my daughter transferred to touch. I have doubled up as the team photographer ever since.
Photographing children learning new rugby skills and having fun with their friends is the best thing every Sunday morning. In 2018, I was asked to help cover TRC tournaments and I’ve never looked back.
It was such a privileged job. I see commitment all around – from players to coaches to referees and the amazing volunteers. Their respect for one another and the kinship spirit in the rugby community make the games extra special.