On April 21, 2018, the St.George Queensland Reds will play the Chiefs at Suncorp Stadium in Queensland Rugby’s 1000th capped match.
To celebrate this milestone, we’re remembering some of the key moments from 136 years of Queensland Rugby history.
After claiming Super titles in 1992, ‘94 and ‘95, Queensland pulled off a remarkable season run to secure a home Grand Final for the first time, in 2011.
The domination of professionalism and the defence of Webb Ellis and Super 10 trophies defined Queensland's 1995 season.
In 1994, Queensland notched 13 season victories including the first match under lights at Ballymore, the first win over Ireland and claiming the Super Ten trophy.
QRU Match No. 638 saw Ballymore’s newly constructed lights ceremoniously switched-on to host Northern Transvaal for the first capped night match in Queensland.
Paul McLean doubted that he should have been playing for Queensland against the All Blacks after being ruled out of the test series with a serious knee injury.
Between the watershed 1976 season the conclusion of the highly anticipated 1979 season, Queensland won 41/52 matches, scoring 1559 points and conceding only 532.
The first match of the 1973 season included the minting of four new Queensland Representatives who would drive Queensland from a formidable opponent to the greatest provincial side in the world.
The 1971 Lions Tour of New Zealand features twenty-six matches including four All Black Tests. Ten days before the Lions were due to arrive in New Zealand, they faced Queensland at Ballymore.
No one predicted the historic victory it would be, although Queensland went into the first Reds-Waratahs clash of the 1976 season.
QRU Match No. 326, against Victoria, was the third capped match at Ballymore, after a 6-12 loss and a 17-11 win against New South Wales.
In 1952, the QRU and NSWRU joined forces to bring Fiji to Australia after the exciting impression they left on international Rugby during their 1951 New Zealand Tour.
Queensland’s hopes for the 1939 national tour and the 1940 domestic season were dashed when our Red Wallabies landed in Plymouth, England on the day WWII was declared.
A decade separates QRU Matches 138 and 139, as the Union fell reluctantly into non-existence.
A week after the Wallabies’ first test match in Sydney, the touring British arrived in Queensland to begin their most extensive tour to-date, which included matches all the way up the coast to Rockhampton.
The first match wearing the now iconic colour was Match No. 33 - August 10, 1895 at Brisbane's Association Ground, against the New South Wales Waratahs.
Queensland first faced the ACT Brumbies in their Round 8 'Rodeo' match of the 1996 Super Rugby season.
The Wirth Bros. Circus had positioned itself to join the roaring popularity of Rugby Union by pitching their big-top near the Exhibition Ground's Grandstand entrance at Bowen Hills in the weeks before the highly-anticipated second intercolonial clash of the 1891 season, against New South Wales.
Just a year after hosting the original British Lions, Queensland hosted the original All Blacks, the New Zealand Natives team.
Queensland hosted the original, 1888 British Lions on their intrepid tour, financed by English test cricketers and entrepreneurs Arthur Shrewsbury and Alfred Shaw.
Eagle Farm Racecourse hosted 2500 spectators for Queensland's first representative home match.
Queensland’s First XV travelled by steamer to Sydney in early August 1882, to play two capped matches in the red & black hooped jersey of the Brisbane Club.