Sydney Juniors are proud to have two wonderful Patrons of our game. We are most thankful to Phil and Sera for being so generous with their time and providing such strong role models for our Junior players coming through.
Phil began playing rugby at Narrabeen Tigers, continuing at Shore school where he played in the 1st XV for three years. He was selected for Australian Schoolboys in 1996 and 1997 and was the captain in 1997. He was also named in the Australian U19s and U21s teams.
Professionally he joined the Waratahs in 1999, touring with the Wallabies later that year and debuting against England. He played for and ultimately captained the Waratahs over 12 years and was capped 79 times for the Wallabies.
Phil has been a Patron of SJRU for a number of years and has supported us in many ways. His sons also played club rugby and he has been an active sideline supporter of junior rugby.
Sera Naiqama is an Australian-born Fijian. In 2012, Sera started playing rugby 7’s at Endeavour Sports High School and since then has been an active playing member of Sydney University Football Club (2013 – present), the NSW Waratahs (2019 – present) and the Australian Wallaroos (2019 – present).
Sera holds multiple diplomas in Tourism, Human Resource Management and Marketing. Today, Sera is employed at Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness where she works as the Senior Marketing & Communications Coordinator.
Outside of her sport and work, Sera is a radio & TV host for ABC Sport and often features on Nine/Stan Sport as a rugby expert panelist.