Bernie McGrane was an arch-typical schools rugby person. He was an old boy of St Joseph’s College Hunters Hill—to which he was fiercely loyal. He was a boarder there and his family came from Cessnock.
This explains his knowledge of and passion for rugby in schools.
Bernie was President of the NSW Country Schools Rugby Union over many years. During this time he was on the NSW Schools Rugby Committee, as well as being a member of the Australian Schools Rugby Union Committee.
One of his passions was for the value of overseas tours in providing incentive and development for schoolboys
Bernie always fought strongly for the NSW Country Schools Union. He was innovative as well as a good lobbyist. He was successful in having a NSW Country Schools Team participate in the Australian Schools Rugby Championships to fill vacant slots on several occasions.
Bernie’s belief in the value of Australian Schools overseas Tours was shown by his accompanying several of these teams on their UK Tours.
As a result he became well known to schools rugby people in the UK and Ireland.