JAMES DE DASSEL | MANAGER

Since the inception of the CKB 7s club James has been passionate about giving developing players the chance to play with and against the best in the world, successfully done through fundraising and sponsorship deals, networking with high profile players and coaches, and the coordination of tournaments and travel.

James is a businessman with a passion for rugby. Since 2002, James' entrepreneurial ventures include renovating and running a profitable restaurant / nightclub / bottle shop business, owning and operating a large restaurant in Inverell NSW, as well as setting up and successfully running a car hire business in Darwin, Northern Territory.​

In this time, James has been active in community organisations and sporting clubs on a regular basis. He is currently the South Darwin Rugby Union Club President and Manager of the Northern Territory Rugby 7s program.

Notably, James founded the Country King Brown Rugby 7s team in 2007 with an aim of giving young rugby players the chance to play with and against the best in the world. He co-ordinated the involvement of high profile rugby players, sourced funding through sponsorship, and organised everything from flights and accommodation to roster and support staff throughout dozens of international tournaments.

NT NEWS

2019 - current

Sports Journalist

NORTHERN TERRITORY MOZZIE RUGBY 7S

2016 - current

Manager

Media

SOUTH DARWIN RUGBY UNION CLUB

2015 - current

President

COUNTRY KING BROWN RUGBY 7S

2007 - current

Founder

NORTHERN TERRITORY SPORT AWARDS

2015

Nominated for Volunteer of the Year Award

SOUTH DARWIN RUGBY UNION CLUB

2017

A Grade Coach

2013 - 2014

Vice President

2012

Clubman of the Year

SOUTH DARWIN RUGBY UNION CLUB

The club finished last in 2011 with dwindling numbers and no juniors or women's players involved in the club. To turn things around, we needed a new strategy. I implemented and managed a plan that saw the recruitment of former ACT Brumbie and QLD Reds players Tim Atkinson. Tim is also a former captain of the Australian men’s 7s side. Tim joined the club in 2012 as a player and head coach. I sourced funding from local business to invest in the clubs future. Both A and B Grade made the 2012 Grand Final.

  • In 2012 I negotiated with former Fijian 7s star Lepani Nabuliwaqa to join the club. I negotiated with Dept of Immigration and assisted his Migration Agent with finalising his Visa. Lepani is now a PR of Australia and stayed with the club till 2016.

  • In 2014 we secured the services of former Wallaby Captain and great Nathan Sharpe as the clubs Ambassador.

  • In 2015 I negotiated for former Fijian 7s captain Setefano Cakau to join the club. He is still with the club and approaching 50 games in A Grade.

  • In 2016 I negotiated for former Samoan 7s and 15s star Misioka Timoteo to join the club. Misioka has gone to represent QLD Country in the 2017 and 2018 NRC competition.

  • In 2017 I negotiated for current Fijian 7s star Abele Atunaisa to join the club. Abebe is now with South Brisbane chasing a professional contract after 2 years with South Darwin.

  • In 2019 I am currently negotiating with Fiji’s all-time leading try scorer in World Series 7 – Nasoni Rokobiau – to join our club permanently. Nasoni is now in Darwin and is coaching our women’s side, our U12s juniors and had played 2 games in the top grade.

 

A Grades record since 2012 as an active member on the committee:

  • 2012 – Runner Up

  • 2013 – 3rd

  • 2014 – 3rd

  • 2015 – Runner Up

  • 2016 – Champion

  • 2017 – 3rd

  • 2018 – Champions
     

South Darwin now has an active Women’s side which has been playing for the past four seasons and the club now has juniors from U6s to U12s.

 

COUNTRY KING BROWN 7S

In 2007, I developed a concept in conjunction with two teammates, to organise a squad of players from regional areas that could compete in 7s competition across Australia and the World. The idea was to bring in high profile players to assist with the opportunities.

 

The CKBS went on to compete in tournaments including:

  • Darwin Hottest 7s – 2008 – 2015

  • Noosa 7s – 2013 – 2016

  • Borneo 7s – 2008

  • Bangkok 7s – 2008

  • Las Vegas 7s – 2009

  • Bali 10s – 2012

  • Ella 7s – 2012 & 2016

  • Gold Coast 7s – 2012-2014

High Profiled Players included:

  • Andrew Walker – Dual International

  • Tim Atkinson – Aussie 7s captain

  • Julian Huxley – Wallabies

  • Tom McVerry – QLD Reds

  • Darren Albert – Australian Rugby League

  • Nathan Blacklock – Australia Rugby League

  • Setefano Cakau – Fiji 7s captain

  • Lepani Nabuliwaqa – Fiji 7s

  • Lote Raikabula – NZ 7s

  • Tim Cornforth – Aussie 7s

  • Robbie O’Davis – Australian Rugby League

  • Radike Samo – Wallabies

  • Matthew Hood – Aussie 7s

  • Benny Vota – Fiji 7s

  • Sefa Naivalu – Wallabies

My role in this organisation included:

  • Team selection

  • Team management

  • Logistics – booking flights, kit, staff etc

  • Fundraising / sponsorship building

  • Player management

  • Coaching

 

Kit design example 1

Kit design example 2

Kit design example 3

NORTHERN TERRITORY MOZZIE 7S

The Mozzie 7s competed in tournaments including:

  • ​2016 Hottest 7s – 8th place

  • 2016 National 7s Adelaide – 4th place (best ever placing for an NT side in history).

  • 2017 Hottest 7s – 5th place

  • 2017 Brisbane 7s – 2nd place

  • 2017 Nationals Bendigo – 9th place

  • 2018 Hottest 7s – 5th place

  • 2018 QPR series – 7th place

  • 2018 Nationals Brisbane – 5th place

My role as manager included:

  • Assisting with team selection

  • Training day set up

  • Player management and logistics

  • Organising and booking flights

  • Liaising with tournament directors

  • Ordering and liaising with kit suppliers

  • Liaising with NTRU during tournaments

  • Liaising with media – newspaper, TV, radio

  • Managing social media exposure for NT Mozzies

  • Acquiring sponsorship and fundraising

 

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