Super Rugby


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. 

QRU Match No. 895 - Queensland secure the 2011 Grand Final in front of a home crowd

The domination of professionalism and the defence of Webb Ellis and Super 10 trophies defined Queensland's 1995 season. 

QRU Match No. 655 - Dominant Queensland go back-to-back

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. 644 - Dominant Queensland win in South Africa

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.

QRU Match No. 638 - Explosive night brings new Ballymore era

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.

QRU Match No. 456 - Proven best provincial side in the world

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. 

QRU Match No. 444 - Queensland Fans Demand Fifty

April 15, 2018 08:00 PM

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.

QRU Match No. 376 - Trinity Ascending

April 14, 2018 06:00 PM

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.

QRU Match No. 356 - Lion Tamers

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. 401 - Most decisive watershed moment in 136 years

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.

QRU Match No. 326 - Queensland Rugby Comes Home

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.

QRU Match No. 241 - Fiji brings their Islander Style and Strength to Australia

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.

QRU Match No. 199 - Queensland Raise War Funds

A decade separates QRU Matches 138 and 139, as the Union fell reluctantly into non-existence.

QRU Match No. 139 - Rugby Reignited Following Long Dormancy

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.

QRU Match No. 054 - First Queensland Wallabies Help Turn the Tide

April 07, 2018 11:00 AM

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. 

QRU Match No. 033 - Queensland goes RED

Queensland first faced the ACT Brumbies in their Round 8 'Rodeo' match of the 1996 Super Rugby season.

QRU Match No. 668 - Queensland's First Rodeo

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.

QRU Match No. 024 - Colonial Queensland joins the Circus

Just a year after hosting the original British Lions, Queensland hosted the original All Blacks, the New Zealand Natives team.

QRU Match No. 017 - Maoris visit Queensland on 1888-89 Epic

Queensland hosted the original, 1888 British Lions on their intrepid tour, financed by English test cricketers and entrepreneurs Arthur Shrewsbury and Alfred Shaw.

QRU Match No. 015 - First International Tourists Redefining Colonial Rugby

Eagle Farm Racecourse hosted 2500 spectators for Queensland's first representative home match.

QRU Match No. 003 - Queensland Record First Win

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.

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