While the Gold Coast area have been represented in Queensland Premier Rugby since 2007, Bond University Rugby Club have only been part of the competition since 2014, taking the place of the former Gold Coast Breakers. After recording a sixth place finish in 2015, the club was able to go one better, securing fifth place last year.
Head coach Sean Hedger will be looking to build upon last year’s campaign and claim a top four spot. Bond University currently have three players in the Reds squad including Queensland Reds Captain James Slipper, along with Alex Mafi and Cadeyrn Neville. The club was well represented in the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship with three players featuring for Bond University Queensland Country.
In 2016, the Premier Colts side shined for Bond University, coming second in the competition, whereas the Premier Reserve side claimed fourth position.
Brothers have a long and rich tradition in Rugby Union in Queensland. Since forming in 1905, the Club has produced 83 Internationals (including 66 Wallabies and 1 Kangaroo). 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.
In 2016 the club claimed yet another Hospital Cup title with their Premier Grade side defeating the University of Queensland by three points, 31-28. The club has retained Carl Marshall as their head coach in 2017. The Brethren were able to contribute an astonishing eleven players to the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship in 2016.
Easts was founded in 1947 under the name Brisbane State High School Old Boys, before going on to become the Eastern District Rugby Union Football Club in 1949. Since then the Tigers have won the Hospital Cup on four occasions - 1997, 1999, 2008 and 2013. In both 1984 and 1999, Easts won the Welsby Cup and Horsley Cup, while they have also claimed the Doughty Shield on five occasions (1987, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2009). Following their 2008 Premiership success, Easts went on to become Australian Club Champions by defeating Sydney University.
In their history 10 players have received Premier Rugby player of the year honours, their most recent being Matt Brandon, claiming his second title in 2012 having previously been named in 2007.
A total of 28 players that have played for the Tigers have also gone on to wear the Green and Gold jersey for either the Wallabies, Australian Sevens, Australian U20s, Australian U18s or the Wallaroos teams.
Easts are currently represented in the Queensland Reds by Andrew Ready, Michael Gunn, Izack Rodda and Izaia Perese.
In 2016 Easts were well represented in the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship with ten players taking part.
After claiming the minor premiership in 2015, Easts will be hungry to improve upon their 2016 season which saw them finish seventh overall.
GPS Old Boys Rugby Club is the oldest surviving Rugby club in Queensland and one of the oldest in Australian Rugby. Formed in 1887 as the Past Grammar School Football Club, the club changed its name to the BGS Old Boys’ RUC when Rugby was reintroduced in Queensland in 1928 following WWI. That lasted until 1931 when the name was officially changed to GPS Old Boys RUC.
Past Grammar and GPS have each claimed the premiership on four occasions, their most recent coming in 1996. The Gallopers also won the Doughty Shield in 2006 and in 2008.
Seven club members have captained Australia, two have captained the Australian Sevens and one has captained England. In total 60 club members have played for Australia and 206 for Queensland, including current Reds Chris Kuridrani, James Tuttle, Eto Nabuli, Campbell Magnay and Nick Frisby.
In 2016, GPS were well represented in the National Rugby Championship with a total of eight players.
GPS struggled in 2016 with Premier, Premier Reserve and Premier Colts unable to make the finals. Despite this, GPS is set to improve in their 130th year under the guidance of former Queensland Reds prop and GPS old boy, Anthony Mathison.
Rugby in the North Brisbane area first took shape in 1929 and has gone through many changes leading up to the present day. The Eagle Junction club, as they were initially called, disappeared from the Brisbane Rugby scene in the 1950s before returning in 1962 as the Teachers Rugby Club. An amalgamation in 1974 with new entity Norths saw the creation of the Teachers Norths Rugby Club, which lasted until 1991, when a merger with Redcliffe Rugby Club saw the emergence of the North Brisbane Club.
An alliance with Queensland University of Technology in 2001 lasted seven years, before the Eagles decided to stand alone as the North Brisbane Rugby Club in 2008.
Norths won the Hospital Cup in 1963 and 1976 and have claimed the Welsby Cup on three occasions (1962, 1963 and 1972).
The Club has produced many Wallabies over the years. Norths players Nev Cottrell, Eddie Harris and Chris Roche (twice) all won the Rothman’s Medal (Player of the Year).
The club currently has five players in the Reds squad including Hendrik Tui, Duncan Paia’aua, Karmichael Hunt, Kane Douglas, Reece Hewat and wider training squad member Brad Lacey.
The club has struggled in recent years but is set to improve in 2017 with head coach Nick Fogarty recruiting Queensland Country representatives Tyrone Lefau and AJ Campbell, as well as coaxing back hooker Tonga Ma’afu to ‘the Eagles’ Nest’ after his two year stint with the University of Queensland.
Since Southern Districts Rugby Union Football Club was established in 1948 from an amalgamation with the Y.M.C.A Club. The Magpies have won 11 of the 17 Premier Rugby grand finals they have contested. Their first premiership came in 1958, but they didn't win another until 1986. This began a golden era, with Souths contesting the grand finals in 1986 (won), 1987(lost), 1988 (lost), 1989 (lost), 1991(won), 1992 (won), 1993 (won), 1994 (won), 1995 (won), 1996 (lost), 1997(lost), 1998 (won), 2000 (won), 2009 (lost) and 2015 (won).
During this period the Magpies claimed the Welsby Cup on six occasions, the Doughty Shield seven times and The Caxton Cup once. They were also crowned Australian Club Champions in 1987.
Souths player Brian Ford still holds the title for the youngest player to ever play for the Wallabies, while in 1992 Souths had the highest representation from any one club in the Wallabies with seven Magpies selected at the one time. The “Magnificent Seven” were Tim Horan, Jason Little, Dan Crowley, Tom Lawton, Sam Scott-Young, Garrick Morgan and Troy Coker.
In total Souths have had 30 players represent the Wallabies, most recently Quade Cooper, Samu Kerevi and Chris Feauai-Sautia.
After their Premiership in 2015, Souths reached the top-four again last year but were defeated by three points in their semi-final against Sunnybank. Souths contributed seven players to the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship.
Sunnybank was established in 1969 but it wasn’t until 1989 that the club first entered the Queensland Premier Rugby competition. The club continued to build throughout the 90s and has more recently become a force in the Premier competition making it through to consecutive Grand Finals in 2011 (won) and 2012 (lost).
In 2014, the club contested the Premier Grade Grand Final, but went down in a last-minute loss to University 20-18. Sunnybank has won in recent times three Hospital Cups (2005, 2007 and 2011). Their 2007 victory, a record breaking 85-19 win.
Ten Dragons have gone on to represent the Wallabies including Rob Simmons, Digby Ioane, Greg Holmes, Rodney Blake, David Giffin, Richard Kingi, Adam Wallace-Harrison, Ben Tapuai, Liam Gill, and Jake Schatz. Jake McIntyre and Henry Taefu are the current members of the Reds squad aligned with Sunnybank.
The Buildcorp National Rugby Championship saw the Dragons strongly represented across the two Queensland sides with a total of ten players.
In 2016, Sunnybank’s Premier side came third overall after suffering a one-point loss to the University of Queensland in the preliminary final. In 2016, the Dragon’s Premier Colts secured the premiership after beating Bond University by three points, 17-14. Sunnybank utility back Liam McNamara was also named Queensland Premier Colt of the Year.
Outside of Premier Rugby, Sunnybank has created a structured Sevens Rugby program, which includes international and interstate tournaments. They also boast the highly successful Sunnybank Community and Sports Club, which supports participation, growth and the development of Rugby.
With former head coach Rod Seib stepping aside at the end of last year, assistant coach Damon Virtue will assume the role of head coach in 2017.
The University of Queensland Rugby Football Club was established in 1911 and throughout its proud history has won 30 ‘A’ Grade titles including 28 QRU Premierships and two BRL (Brisbane Rugby League) Premierships.
University has nurtured many players on their way to further Rugby honours, with 214 players going on to represent Queensland and 67 to the Wallabies, ten as captain. Some of Rugby’s finest have graced the playing fields of St.Lucia including former Queensland and Australian greats Mark Loane, Bill Ross, Jeff Miller, Greg Martin, Andrew McIntyre, Geoff Shaw, Michael Lynagh and Nathan Sharpe.
The club currently has several players featuring in the current Queensland Reds squad including Stephen Moore, Sef Fa’agase, Adam Korczyk and Moses Sorovi.
In the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship the University of Queensland were represented in higher numbers than any other club in 2016, with 14 players in the two Queensland teams.
2016 was another successful year for University securing the Reserve Grade, Third Grade and Colts Two titles while Premier Grade, First Grade and Second Grade fell short in their respective finals appearances.
Rugby in Brisbane’s Western suburbs dates back to 1882 but the current iteration of the club wasn’t formed until 1961, when Western Districts merged with Towoong Rugby Club.
They have won three Hospital Cups since in 1977, 1985 and most recently in 2006. The later was a thrilling come from behind 23-22 win over Brothers.
Wests also won the Doughty Shield in 1998 and 2000, while in 1986 they won the Australian Club Championship over Parramatta and played in the World Club Championship in France, losing the final to Toulouse.
Since their formation, 18 Bulldogs players have gone on to play for the Wallabies, including former Queensland Reds prop Stan Pilecki, who was the first ever Queensland player to reach 100 Caps. Their first Wallabies player was Bob Wood in 1969. More recent Wallabies include Chris Latham, Berrick Barnes, Scott Higginbotham and Leroy Houston.
In 2016 Wests had a disrupted season, unable to play at ‘the Kennel’ due to field refurbishments and a new clubhouse.
2017 will be the first year Wests showcase the new look facilities that feature a gym, medical facilities, bistro and a bar. Wests had three players in the 2016 Buildcorp National Rugby Championship.
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