Dane Sawers will represent Australia in the World Rugby U20s Championship in South Africa.

Kalamunda rugby heroes reach top level

Kalamunda rugby union players shine on the big stage
June 20, 2024
Elspeth Townsend

KALAMUNDA Districts Rugby Union Club (KDRUC) Dane Sawers has just jetted off to South Africa as part of the Australian Wallabies squad for the World Rugby U20s Championship.

The club also boasts two players, Sammy Wood and Hera-Barb Malcolm-Heke, who recently made their debut for the Australian women’s national rugby union team, the Wallaroos.

Sawers began with KDRUC as a four-year-old and has played for the WA U16s, U18s and U20s, and for Australia in the U18s and U20s.

A Western Force Academy player, he starred for the Wallabies U20s in 2024 against both South Africa and New Zealand, scoring the team’s opening try against the Junior All Blacks.

Taking up rugby at age six, Sammy Wood spent 10 years at the Armadale, Roleystone, Kelmscott (ARKS) Rugby Union Club.

In 2022, she moved to KDRUC to join the Kala Kweenz and in 2023, debuted for the Western Force Women’s Super W team as a halfback against The Brumbies.

Wood has played all games of the Super W season and made her debut for the Wallaroos against Canada earlier this year.

Hera-Barb Malcolm-Heke started at KDRUC at just four-years-old and at 16, played her first game for the Kala Kweenz.

She was soon selected for the Western Force women’s team, stepping into the hooker position and has been at the forefront of the women’s game at KDRUC ever since.

In 2023, Malcolm-Heke captained the Kweenz to the FMG Women’s Premier Grade premiership title, before being selected for the Wallaroos.

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