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A decade separates QRU Matches 138 and 139, as the Union fell reluctantly into non-existence. Although a full, successful season was played at the conclusion of WWI in 1919, the code faced tremendous pressure from professionalism and economic downturn.
This menu, from a celebratory dinner held at Aaron's Exchange Hotel, Sydney, lists all Red Revivalists, who travelled south to reignite the traditional rivalry and end Queensland Representative Union's slumber. The evening included the following toast to the touring Reds:
"They need no character, but their fame;
Nor any flattering title, but their name."
One of the diners, and champions of the revival was the legendary “Prince of Hookers” Queensland Representative Number 383, Eddie Bonis. Born in 1907, Edward Tasman Bonis drove the revival of Rugby in Queensland after WW1 plunged Union into dormancy. He played until 1948, achieving 21 Wallabies caps and a record 47 for Queensland. Eddie's dependable enthusiasm and brawny play saw Queensland Rugby through is darkest days and refuelled the State's love for the game.
Queensland Representative Number 383, Eddie Bonis
Make sure you're there at Suncorp Stadium on April 21 for the St.George Queensland Reds' clash against the Chiefs in Queensland Rugby's 1000th capped match.
Purchasing a membership and joining our Rugby family is still the best value for money per game than buying individual tickets.
21 AUGUST 2018