While the Gold Coast area have been represented in Queensland Premier Rugby since 1997, Bond University Rugby Club have only been part of the competition since 2014, taking the place of the former Gold Coast Breakers.
After a tough season in 2017, Head coach Sean Hedger will be looking to better last year’s campaign and claim a top four spot. Bond University currently have three players in the Reds squad including former Queensland Reds skipper James Slipper, along with Alex Mafi, Hamish Stewart, and youngster Angus Blyth. The club was well represented in the National Rugby Championship with three players featuring for Bond University Queensland Country.
Brothers have a long and rich tradition in Rugby Union in Queensland. Since forming in 1905, the Club has produced 84 Internationals (including 67 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.
Despite claiming the Hospital Cup title in 2016, Brothers fell short of the top four last year, placing fifth. Conversely, after recording a third place finish in 2016, the clubs’ Premier Colts side excelled, getting one better, coming second in the 2017 season.
Brothers are currently represented in the Queensland Reds by Taniela Tupou, George Smith, and Harry Hoopert.
The Brethren were able to contribute five players to the National Rugby Championship in 2017.
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.
The club’s Reserve Grade side shined for Easts, coming third in the 2017 competition, a big improvement from seventh in their previous season.
Easts are currently represented in the Queensland Reds by Andrew Ready, Michael Gunn, Izack Rodda, Izaia Perese and Liam Wright. In 2017, Easts were well represented in the National Rugby Championship with eight players taking part.
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 207 for Queensland, including current Reds James Tuttle, Eto Nabuli and J.P Smith.
GPS Premier Grade delivered an astonishing season during their 130th year, being the only team to have defeated eventual premiers University of Queensland. The Gallopers got the better of University in their Round 17 clash and in the major semi-final, before going down to the Students in the grand final.
Despite placing second during the normal season, GPS’ Reserve Grade were able to claim the title after defeating Sunnybank 47-12 during their grand final clash.
In 2017, GPS were well represented in the National Rugby Championship with an astonishing total of 12 players.
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 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), 2015 (won), 2016 (lost), and 2017 (lost).
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 Samu Kerevi, Lukhan Tui and Chris Feauai-Sautia. Souths also contributed 10 players to 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. Ben Lucas and Brandon Paenga-Amosa are the current members of the Reds squad aligned with Sunnybank.
In 2017, Sunnybanks former head coach Rod Seib stepped aside, giving the reigns to assistant coach Damon Virtue. Despite that change in coaching staff, history repeated itself as Sunnybank’s Premier Grade side came third overall after going down to UQ 39-19 during their Preliminary finals clash. Similarly, Sunnybank’s reserve grade went down to GPS 47-12 during their Grand Final clash.
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.
The University of Queensland Rugby Football Club was established in 1911 and throughout its proud history has won 31 ‘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 220 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 Sef Fa’agase, Adam Korczyk, Harry Hocking, Tate McDermott and Angus Scott-Young.
In the National Rugby Championship the University of Queensland were represented in higher numbers than any other club in 2017, with 13 players in the two Queensland teams.
In 2017 the club claimed their first Hospital Cup title since 2014, with their Premier Grade side defeating GPS 23-14. The club recorded a 14 game win streak, conceding only two losses through the normal season and finals combined. Additionally, the club has claimed the Doughty Shield for seven consecutive years, awarded to the club with the highest points across all participating grades.
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 Toowong 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 recently deceased and 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, Leroy Houston, and current Queensland Reds captain Scott Higginbotham.
The 2017 Queensland Premier Rugby season was officially launched at Wests new and improved “Kennel”, featuring a gym, medical facilities, bistro and a bar.
2017 also proved to be a big year for the club, with their Premier Grade side securing a finals birth for the first time since 2006, after a tough 2016 season found them in last. The Bulldogs Premier Colts side ended their normal season on top of the ladder but went down to The University of Queensland 55-33 in the preliminary final.
Wests were represented in the National Rugby Championship in 2017 with six players in both Queensland teams.
30 JANUARY 2019