At this time, a local gentleman, Frank L. Row played for Manly Federals and Wallaroos. Selected for NSW, he then was appointed as the first “EVER” Wallaby captain. He played and captained Australia in their first test against the touring British Isles in 1899 at the SCG before a large crowd. Australia won 13-3.
Row, retired as a player in 1903, then immersing himself in his passion for the inclusion of a Manly team into the then new Sydney Premiership Competition. This materialised in 1906 when Manly was invited to join the premiership. Frank Row was elected as the first Chairman (of selectors) of the new “District” club in the same year, and was honour with life membership of the club in 1909. The Wallabies paid tribute to our first “Captain” by visiting his grave site in Manly before opening game of the Loins tour of 2013.
Thus in 1906 The Federals and Manly clubs informally merged and became Manly DRUFC that was admitted into the Sydney 1st Grade competition on 21st April 1906. Press coverage at this time used the “Manlys” plural in reference to the two founding clubs. The team wore a white jersey with red cuffs and collar. Unfortunately, Manly was bottom of the table that inaugural season with 2 wins from 15 matches.