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QRU Match No. 001 - Queensland's First XV sail to Sydney and ignite a 136-year competition

Queenslanders are Remembering

QRU Match No. 001 - August 12, 1882

The Queenslander Newspaper (1866-1939) –

“It has for some time past been the earnest desire for the footballers of Brisbane that an intercolonial football match should be arranged”

“Tired of playing each other, Brisbane and Wallaroos Clubs wrote to Wallaroos Sydney to challenge them to an inter-colonial match.”

Queensland’s First XV travelled by steamer to Sydney in early August 1882, to play two capped matches in the red and black hooped jersey of the Brisbane Club. Unfortunately the Queensland side was unable to secure a win during the tour, losing both matches 4-26 and 0-18 respectively.

“This visit was the inauguration of intercolonial Rugby matches and had the effect of making the followers of the good game bestir themselves; and, further, it forced them to confess they had been in danger of falling asleep and that, if they desired to advance the interests of the game all loved so well, they should confirm these intercolonial contests and make them annual affairs.”

“President of Southern Rugby Union Mr Arnold toasted, “Rugby, long may it prosper.”

“The members of the Queensland team one and all expressed themselves satisfied with result of their visit, both from a football point of view and with their reception and at once decided that they would entertain their hosts of 1882 in their own city in the following year.”

New South Wales did visit the following year, and the original rivals have faced each other over 300 times in the many years since.


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