View the Premier Rugby Weekly Archive for a list of programs from 2015 & 2016.
Queensland Premier Rugby evolved out of the Brisbane club competition and was created by players, administrators, referees and coaches to expand and improve the top level of Queensland non-professional rugby.
Queensland Premier Rugby provides a stepping stone to Super Rugby or other professional rugby competitions.
The 2017 Competition involves nine clubs in total, eight from the Brisbane region as well as Bond University from the Gold Coast. Premier Rugby also encapsulates the Premier Colts division, for players aged 19 and under, as well as Premier Reserve grade.
Brothers were the 2016 Champions, claiming the Hospital Challenge Cup for the first time in 7 years. The Brethren outclassed minor premiers and Horsley Cup winners University of Queensland 31 – 28, thanks, in part, to the strong all round performance of Reds’ Tight head and Tony Shaw Medallist Taniela Tupou. In 2016, University of Queensland claimed the Welsby Cup while Sunnybank’s Isaak Fines-Leleiwasa was awarded the Alec Evans Medal for Player of the Year.
The participating clubs and regions in the Queensland Premier Rugby Competition are:
In future, teams from other Rugby regions may also join the competition, thus encouraging the pursuit of Rugby excellence across the state, not just confining it to one corner.
Some Premier Rugby players aspire to play professionally in the future, either in Australia or overseas, while others just want to be the best Rugby players they can be, without making it their career.
They may not yet be household names, but all are talented and committed and play the game to win.
Contracted players are not excluded from the Queensland Premier Rugby competition, but neither is it dependent on them for success.
Premier Rugby is played by Rugby's “local heroes” at local grounds, where the local Under 6s can watch and learn from these elite players at close quarters - and then get their autograph after the game.
Queensland Rugby produces a weekly Queensland Premier Rugby digital program, the Queensland Premier Rugby Weekly, which is released every week ahead of the upcoming round. There is also a weekly highlights show produced, The Queensland Premier Rugby Wrap, which can be seen on Queensland Rugby's YouTube channel.
Referee appointments can be found on the QRRA Website.
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