Wests Rugby

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Wests Rugby
Wests Rugby Logo Jun, 2013.jpg
Full name . West Brisbane Bulldogs
Nickname(s) Bulldogs, Dogs
Founded 1951
Location Toowong (Memorial Park)
Region Brisbane
Ground(s) Sedgman Oval
League(s) Queensland Premier Rugby
Team kit
Official website
westsbulldogsrugby.com.au

Wests Rugby Union Club, or Wests, is an Australian rugby union club, based in Toowong that currently competes in the Queensland Premier Rugby competition.

The bulk of Wests' players are drawn from the Western Suburbs of Brisbane where local rivals GPS and University only a few suburbs away also compete for players.

Wests is one of the smaller Premier Rugby clubs in terms of player numbers, but it has managed to achieved a share of success in the competition, winning premierships in 1977, 1985, and 2006.

History[edit]

Wests Rugby Union Club was founded in 1951 and only fielded one team, but went on to win the reserve grade competition in that first season. Player numbers increased in following years and the club was promoted to the first grade competition in 1955.[1]

The Bulldog mascot was adopted in 1956. The club's blue and white jerseys were changed to red, white and blue in 1959 to be more distinguishable from the Brothers' colours, but were finally changed to green and gold in 1961 when Wests amalgamated with the Toowong Rugby Club. The merger prompted a shift of home ground from Normanby in Spring Hill to Memorial Park at Sylvan Road in Toowong.[1]

Wests won the first grade Premiership in 1977, the club's 23rd season in the competition.Stan Pileki and Trevor Davies were the props in the team that was captained by Geoff Wessling.[1][2]

In 1985, Wests won its second Premiership, and went on to became Australian Club champions in 1986 by defeating Parramatta. Later that year, Wests played Toulouse in the final of the World Club Championship, losing 11-6.[1]

Wests had six players selected for Australia at the inaugural 1987 Rugby World Cup; Roger Gould, Troy Coker, Bill Campbell, Julian Gardner, and Brian Smith. The depth of future talent at the club in 1987 was illustrated when Wests won all three Colts grade (under 19) premierships on the same day. Thirteen players from the Colts I team went on to representative honours; most notably Phil de Glanville, the future England Captain, who played at centre.[1]

In 1991, Wests won the Minor Premiership but lost the Grand Final to Souths, and a period of rebuilding on and off the field followed. Clubhouse facilities were extended in 1992-93, and the first Women's team was formed in 1994.[1]

Wests began another resurgence in the late 1990s. The club made the Grand Final three years in a row from 1998 to 2000 but fell agonisingly short each time. They finally broke through to win the Premiership again for the first time in 21 years, by beating rugby stronghold Brothers by one point in 2006.[1]

Premiership Finals Results[edit]

Brothers vs. Wests in the 2006 Grand Final
Premiers (Hospital Challenge Cup)
  • 1977 Wests 15-10 Brothers
  • 1985 Wests 10-7 University
  • 2006 Wests 23-22 Brothers
Runners-Up (Vince Nicholls Memorial Trophy)
  • 1991 Souths 22-15 Wests
  • 1998 Souths 34-18 Wests
  • 1999 Easts 16-15 Wests
  • 2000 Souths 34-30 Wests

National Club Champions[edit]

The Australian Club Championship is a challenge match between the Brisbane and Sydney club premiers. Wests have played in the fixture twice, winning it in 1986.

Internationals[edit]

Past and present international players

English International

Argentine International

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "West Brisbane Bulldogs History". Wests Rugby Club. Archived from the original on 12 September 2009. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Pramberg, Bernie (24 June 2011). "Stan Pilecki a one-club man and that club is Wests". The Courier-Mail. Archived from the original on 12 September 2009. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 

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