|Sport||Rugby union football|
|No. of teams||9|
|Most recent champion(s)||Harlequin (2014)|
The Victorian Rugby Union senior competition was established in 1909 with five teams, namely East Melbourne, Melbourne, South Melbourne, St Kilda and University. The Melbourne Rugby Club of that time won the first year of the five-team competition for the new trophy the Dewar Shield (donated by the Scotch Whisky Distillery John Dewar and Sons). One hundred years later in 2009 the current Melbourne Rugby Club is the reigning premiers, defeating Box Hill in the Grand Final for the same Dewar Shield.
The Premier competition is contested by nine clubs with each club fielding three teams (Premier 1, Premier 2, and Premier 3). Other senior competitions offered are Metro 2nd Division with an A, B & C Grade, Colts (U20), Country, Women and Masters (over 35s).
During this time, a number of clubs have dominated the 1st Grade results. Melbourne Rugby Club has the most number of Premierships with 17. Moorabbin holds the record for consecutive Premierships, winning six in a row from 1981-1986. Other prominent clubs during this 100 year period include Melbourne University, Power House and Navy.
|Club||Location||Home Ground||Nickname||Founded||First season|
|Box Hill||Box Hill||RHL Sparks Reserve||Broncos||1958||1966|
|Endeavour Hills||Endeavour Hills||Frog Hollow Reserve||Eagles||1979||2007|
|Footscray||Footscray||Henry Turner Memorial Reserve||Bulldogs||1928|
|Melbourne||Armadale||Romanis Reserve, Orrong Park||Unicorns||1909||1929|
|Melbourne University||Parkville||Royal Park||Students||1909||1910|
|Moorabbin||Moorabbin||Keys Rd Reserve||Rams||1965|
|Power House||Albert Park||Albert Park||The Society||1933||1936|
|Southern Districts||Seaford||Riviera Park||Pirates||1972|
The Rebel Army periodically have online text-based commentary of matches. Local TV Channel 31 broadcasts one game a week on Wednesday evenings.
Former Premier Grade clubs
(list may not be complete)
- East Melbourne, St Kilda, South Melbourne
- Hawthorne, Kiwi, Navy, R.A.A.F
a Kiwi-Hawthorn now play in the Second Divison A competition.