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 finishing within a whisker of a finals spot in 2018, new Head coach Brad Harris will be looking to cement a top four finish this season. Bond University currently have four players in the Reds squad including Alex Mafi, Hamish Stewart, Angus Blyth and Gavin Luka. The club was well represented in the National Rugby Championship in 2018, with six players featuring for Bond University Queensland Country and one for McIness Wilson Lawyers Brisbane City.
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 Challenge Cup title in 2016, Brothers have missed the finals for the past two seasons, placing seventh in 2018. Conversely, the club dominated the rest of the Queensland Premier Rugby competition in 2018, reaching eight Grand Finals, winning four, and claiming the Doughty Shield as Club champions for the first time since 1996.
The club has installed Bond University Queensland Country coach Rod Seib as their Head Coach for 2019.
Brothers are currently represented in the Queensland Reds by Taniela Tupou, Harry Hoopert, Harry Wilson and Fraser McReight.
The Brethren were able to contribute eight players to the National Rugby Championship in 2018.
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 Challenge 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 reached the finals of the Hospital Challenge Cup for the first time since 2015 last year, falling to eventual premiers GPS in the preliminary final.
Easts are currently represented in the Queensland Reds by Izack Rodda, Liam Wright and Jack Hardy. In 2018, Easts were well represented in the National Rugby Championship with nine players taking part.
2018 was a huge year for GPS, with the club breaking a 22-year drought to win its first Hospital Challenge Cup since 1996.
After finishing in second place, GPS lost to the University of Queensland in the major semi-final, before overcoming Easts to reach their second consecutive Grand Final against Uni. The Gallopers defeated UQ 23-16 in the final, sending the trophy back to Yoku Road for the first time in over two decades.
GPS have installed a new Head Coach for the 2019 season, with assistant coach Elwee Prinsloo taking the reins.
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 claimed nine combined premierships, while he 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 208 for Queensland. GPS are currently represented in the Reds side by JP and Ruan Smith, James Tuttle, Bryce Hegarty.
In 2018, GPS were well represented in the National Rugby Championship with a total of six 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 Grand Finals in 2007 (won), 2011 (won), 2012 (lost) and 2014 (lost). Their 2007 victory, a record breaking 85-19 win.
Eleven 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, Jake Schatz and Brandon Paenga-Amosa. Paenga-Amosa and youngster Isaac Lucas are Sunnybank’s current Queensland representatives.
After finishing with the wooden spoon in 2018, Sunnybank will be out to make amends in Premier Grade this year. However, the Bankers won premierships in Third Grade and Women’s Premier Rugby, ensuring 2018 was still a successful year for the club. The club also contributed six players to the National Rugby Championship.
Outside of Premier Rugby, Sunnybank has created a structured Sevens Rugby program, which includes international and interstate tournament, with the club claiming the inaugural Queensland Premier Rugby Sevens tournament in 2018. 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 29 QRU Premierships and two BRL (Brisbane Rugby League) Premierships.
University has nurtured many players on their way to further Rugby honours, with 223 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 Adam Korczyk, Harry Hockings, Tate McDermott, Angus Scott-Young, Jock Campbell and Will Eadie.
In the National Rugby Championship, the University of Queensland were well-represented with 10 players in the two Queensland teams, along with Head Coach Mick Heenan who took charge of Brisbane City.
In 2018, the club qualified for their third consecutive Premier Grade Grand Final, while the Students also took out the Horsley Cup (minor premiership), Welsby Cup and Bunter Bowl.
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 Challenge 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.
2018 was less successful for the Bulldogs, as the side finished in eighth position with four wins and 12 losses.
Since their formation, 18 Bulldogs players have gone on to play for the Wallabies, including former Queensland great 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.
Wests are currently represented in the Queensland side by veteran Scott Higginbotham, Jordan Petaia, Filipo Daugunu, Efi Ma’afu and Moses Sorovi. The club was also well represented in the 2018 National Rugby Championship, with nine players taking part across the two Queensland sides.
17 APRIL 2019