Queensland Rugby’s 130th anniversary is a celebration of the wider Rugby community.
This section features a brief history of the Premier Grade clubs.
We are currently requesting information and history on all 200 Queensland Rugby clubs. We will continue to upload information and stories on all our Queensland clubs over the year as we receive information from the clubs and Rugby supporters.
Brothers Football Club
Since forming in 1905, Brothers Football Club has produced 83 Internationals (including 67 Wallabies & 1 Kangaroo), 214 Queensland players and has won 27 Brisbane “A” Grade premierships (26 QRU, 1 BRL). Among the list of notables produced by the Brothers’ Club are six Wallaby captains, JP “Jimmy” Flynn, Des Connor, Paul McLean, Anthony Shaw, Rod McCall and John Eales as well as one Kangaroo captain in Tom Gorman.
University Rugby Club
The University of Queensland Rugby Football Club was established in 1911 and throughout its proud history has won 29 ‘A’ Grade titles including 27 QRU Premierships and two BRL (Brisbane Rugby League) Premierships. University has nurtured many players on their way to further rugby honours, with 210 players going on to represent Queensland and 66 to the Wallabies, 9 as captain. Past players including Norbert Byrne, David Crombie, Dick Marks, Leo Williams, Paul McNicholl and David Usasz have also made a mark on the game with their time served on the Board of the Queensland Rugby Union.
Easts Football Club
In 1947, the Queensland Rugby Union started an Old Boys Competition for past students of G.P.S. schools. One of the teams was the Brisbane State High School Old Boys. This team became known as Colts in 1948 and finally in 1949, the club assumed the name Eastern Districts. Today the club is known as Easts Rugby Union. Representative players from Easts include Ben Mowen, Richard Graham, Andrew Walker and David Wilson.
Sunnybank Rugby Club
Sunnybank Rugby Union Club was founded in 1969 as a junior Rugby Union club, in southern Brisbane. In 1975, Sunnybank expanded from being solely a junior club with the introduction of an Under 19s side in that year. The club then proceeded to field its first senior team in 1979, with a team playing in the Sub-Districts Competition. The club was finally promoted to First Grade status in 1989. In 1993, Sunnybank made its first appearance in a First Grade Grand Final. Sunnybank Rugby Union Club has hosted a number of international players including, David Giffin, Greg Holmes, Rodney Blake, Digby Ioane, Rob Simmons, Ben Tapuai and Liam Gill.
Norths Football Club
Rugby in the North Brisbane area first took shape in 1929, with the Eagle Junction Club competing for many years before disappearing from the Brisbane Rugby scene in the 1950’s. This void was filled in 1962 when the Teachers Training College at Kedron fielded teams in the Brisbane Senior competition. A merger in 1974 with new entity Norths, saw the emergence of the Teachers Norths Rugby Club. A further merger with Redcliffe Rugby Club saw the emergence of the North Brisbane Club in 1991. The Club has produced a number of Australian and Queensland players. Including Dick Marks, John Cornes, Geoff Richardson, Laurie Lawrence, Rod Hauser, Greg Cornelsen, Tom Barker, Peter Horton, Michael O’Connor, and Chris Roche.
Sunshine Coast Rugby Club
Sunshine Coast Rugby Union Limited (SCRU) was established in 2009 after the winding down of the Sunshine Coast District Rugby Union and the Sunshine Coast Junior Rugby Union. The new union was created to promote the game of Rugby in the Sunshine Coast region. Notable players from the Stingrays include Blake Enever, Morgan Turinui, Toutai Kefu and Shane Drahm.
GPS Football Club
GPS is one of the oldest clubs in Queensland Rugby, tracing its heritage back to the Past Grammar club formed in 1887. According to noted rugby historian Ian Diehm, Past Grammar re-formed along with other clubs after the devastation of the First World War, and eventually became GPS in 1931 after a change of constitution which broadened its membership beyond Old Boys of Brisbane Grammar. Now based at Ashgrove in Brisbane, Queensland, GPS has produced 29 Wallabies including Ben Tune, Daniel Herbert, Matt Cockbain, and Daniel Heenan, along with a host of other representative and professional players.
Gold Coast Rugby Club
In 1965, the Gold Coast played their first game of Rugby in the Brisbane sub-district competition. The Surfers Paradise Rugby Union Club formed in 1974, with the hopes of creating their own competition on the Gold Coast. Since then, the Gold Coast Rugby Club has expanded, and now consists of ten teams competing in three senior leagues; A-Grade, Reserves and Colts. Key players who hail from the Gold Coast Breakers include James Slipper, Ben Daley, Lloyd Johansson and Garrick Morgan.
Souths Rugby Club
Since its launch in 1948, Souths has produced 70 Queensland representatives and 30 Australian representatives. In 1992, Souths created history when seven players were selected as Wallabies to represent Australia. The Magnificent Seven included: Jason Little, Tim Horan, Dan Crowley, Troy Coker, Garrick Morgan , Tom Lawton and Sam Scott-Young. Souths has also produced five Australian Captains - Nev Cottrell, David Codey, Andrew Slack (Australia’s Grand Slam Captain) Tim Horan and Jason Little.
Wests Rugby Club
Wests Rugby Union Club was founded in 1951. Wests became Australian Club Champions in 1986 when they defeated the Sydney premiers, Parramatta. Based in Toowong, Wests have had over 15 players represent Australia, including Berrick Barnes, Paul Carozza, Michael Foley, Chris Latham, Hugh McMeniman, John Meadows, Stan Pilecki and John Roe.