List of rugby union clubs in Australia

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List of rugby union clubs in Australia
Country Australia
Governing body Australian Rugby Union
National team Australia
Nickname(s) Wallabies
First played 25 July 1839,[1] Sydney, New South Wales
Registered players 82,818 (total)
38,010 (adult)[2]
Clubs 848
Club competitions
Audience records
Single match 109,874
Australia v New Zealand, (Telstra Stadium)
15 July 2000

The highest level of provincial rugby union in Australia is Super Rugby. There are five Australian teams in this competition which also features teams from New Zealand and South Africa.

For most of the history of the sport in Australia, the country has had no national club competition. The first attempt at such a competition, the Australian Rugby Championship, was launched in 2007 with eight teams, but only lasted one season before the nation's governing body, the Australian Rugby Union, decided to discontinue the competition due to financial losses. The current national domestic league, the National Rugby Championship, was launched in 2014 with nine teams. From the demise of the ARC to the launch of the NRC, the top level competitions of the Shute Shield in Sydney and the Queensland Premier League in Brisbane served as the next highest level of club competition in the country. Numerous club and representative competitions serve the rugby playing community below these two competitions.


Super Rugby[edit]

National Competitions[edit]

National Rugby Championship[edit]


Australian Rugby Shield[edit]

The Australian Rugby Shield is a former annual competition held between amateur representative teams from each state.

New South Wales and ACT[edit]

New South Wales Rugby Union[edit]

Shute Shield[edit]

Defunct teams:

New South Wales Country Rugby Union[edit]

Central Coast Rugby Union[edit]
Central Northern Rugby Union[edit]
Central West Rugby Union[edit]
  • Bathurst Bulldogs
  • Bathurst City
  • Blayney
  • Canowindra
  • Coolah
  • Coonabarabran Kookaburras
  • Cowra Eagles
  • CSU - Bathurst
  • Cudal Cobras
  • Dubbo Kangaroos
  • Dubbo Rhinos
  • Forbes Platypi
  • Geurie Goats Rugby Club
  • Molong Magpies
  • Mudgee Wombats
  • Narromine Gorillas
  • Orange City
  • Orange Emus
  • Orange Waratahs
  • Parkes Boars
  • Trangie Tigers
  • USO - Orange
  • Wellington Redbacks
  • Yeoval
Far North Coast Rugby Union[edit]
  • Ballina
  • Bangalow
  • Byron Bay
  • Casino
  • Evans River
  • Grafton
  • Iluka
  • Kyogle
  • Lennox Head
  • Lismore
  • Mullumbimby
  • Murwillumbah (The Gentlemen of Murwillumbah Rugby Union Club - "the bananas")
  • Richmond Range
  • Southern Cross Union
  • Wollongbar/Alstonville
  • Woolgoolga Whitepointers
  • Yamba
Far South Coast Rugby Union[edit]

This union is officially affiliated with the ACT and Southern NSW Rugby Union instead of the NSW union.

  • Batemans Bay
  • Braidwood
  • Broulee
  • Sharks
  • Ulladulla
  • Vincentia
Illawarra Rugby Union[edit]
Mid North Coast Rugby Union[edit]
  • Coffs Harbour
  • Foster/Tuncurry
  • Hastings Valley
  • Kempsey
  • Manning River
  • Nambucca River
  • Old Bar Beach
  • Port Macquarie
  • Gloucester Cockies
New England Rugby Union[edit]
Newcastle and Hunter Rugby Union[edit]
  • Singleton
  • Nelson Bay
  • Waratahs
  • Wanderers
  • Merewether Carlton Rugby Club
  • Hamilton Hawks
  • University
  • Maitland
  • Lake Macquarie
  • Southern Beaches
  • Muswellbrook
  • Pokolbin
  • Southern Lakes
  • Griffins
Southern Inland[edit]

This union is also affiliated with the ACT union instead of a NSW body.

Western Plains Rugby Union[edit]
  • Bourke Rams
  • Brewarrina Brumbies
  • Cobar Camels
  • Coonamble Rams
  • Gulargambone Galahs
  • Bogan Bulls (Nyngan)
  • Walgett Rams
  • Warren Pumas

New South Wales Suburban Rugby Union[edit]

First Division

Second Division

Third Division

Fourth Division

Fifth Division

not contested

Sixth Division

  • North-West
  • Chatswood
  • Collaroy
  • Dee Why
  • ICMS
  • Lane Cove
  • Manly Savers
  • Merrylands (TBC)
  • Roseville
  • Terrey Hills
  • Wakehurst


Australian Capital Territory (including areas of southern New South Wales)[edit]

ACT and Southern NSW Rugby Union[edit]

ACTRU Premier Division[edit]

The following teams compete in first and second division competitions

  • Boorowa Rugby Club
  • Bungendore RUFC
  • Cooma Rugby Club
  • Crookwell Rugby Club
  • Defence Academy Rugby Club
  • Goulburn Rugby Union
  • Hall Rugby Club
  • Harden RUFC
  • Jindabyne Rugby Club
  • RMC Rugby Club
  • Taralga RUFC
  • Yass RUFC

South Coast Zone[edit]

  • Batemans Bay RUFC
  • Bega Valley RUFC
  • Bermagui-Cobargo Sharks RC
  • Bombala Rugby Club
  • Braidwood RUFC
  • Broulee Dolphins RUFC
  • Milton Rugby Club
  • Narooma & Districts Whales RC

Southern Inland Zone[edit]

  • Albury-Wodonga RUFC
  • Cootamundra RUFC
  • Denilquin Drovers
  • Griffith RUFC
  • Hay Cutters
  • Leeton Phantoms RUFC
  • Rivcoll Red RUFC
  • Riverina ADF Rugby Club
  • Temora RUFC
  • Tumut RUFC
  • Wagga Agricultural College RUFC
  • Wagga City RUFC
  • Wagga Waratahs RUFC
  • Young RUFC

Northern Territory[edit]

Northern Territory Rugby Union[edit]

Darwin Club Rugby[edit]

'A' & 'B' grade competition:

Central Australian Rugby Union[edit]

Katherine Rugby Union[edit]

Other teams[edit]

East Arnhem Rugby runs a junior rugby competition between April and August. While not part of a regular competition, East Arnhem Rugby provides competition for Senior Players by entering in 7's Tournaments.[4]

Previously part of the Darwin Club Rugby B grade competition, the Bushratz are currently not fielding a team.


Queensland Rugby Union[edit]

Queensland Premier Rugby[edit]

Other teams[edit]
Previously included, the Stingrays are currently not fielding teams in the Queensland Premier Rugby competition as of 2014.

Queensland Country Rugby Union[edit]

Bundaberg and District Rugby Union[edit]
Cairns and District Rugby Union[edit]
Central Highlands Rugby Union[edit]
Central Queensland Rugby Union[edit]
Darling Downs Rugby Union[edit]
Mackay District Rugby Union[edit]
Mt Isa Rugby Union[edit]
Gold Coast District Rugby Union[edit]
Sunshine Coast Rugby Union[edit]
Townsville and Districts Rugby Union[edit]
Western Queensland Rugby Union[edit]

Queensland Suburban Rugby Union[edit]

List does not include Queensland Premier Rugby clubs that also field teams in the Suburban competitions.

  • Ag Vet Rugby Union
  • Beenleigh and District Rugby Union
  • Brisbane Irish Rugby Football Club
  • Easts Longhorns Rugby Union
  • Everton Park Rugby Union
  • Goodna Rugby Union
  • Ipswich Rangers Rugby Club
  • Logan City Rugby Union
  • Med XV Rugby Union
  • Nerang Rugby Union
  • Pine Rivers Boars Rugby Union
  • Pine Rivers Pumas Rugby Union
  • Redcliffe Rugby Union
  • Redlands Rugby Union
  • Riverside Rugby Union Club
  • Southern Bay Rugby Union
  • Springfield Rugby Union
  • St Leo's College Old Boys Rugby Union
  • TC Beirne School of Law Rugby Union
  • UQ - Gatton Rugby Union
  • Wynnum Rugby Union Club

South Australia[edit]

South Australian Rugby Union[edit]

SA Club Rugby[edit]


Tasmanian Rugby Union[edit]


Victorian Rugby Union[edit]

  • Victorian Club Rugby
  • Ballarat Uni Rugby Club
  • Bendigo Rugby Club
  • Border Army RUFC
  • Boroondara RUFC
  • Box Hill Rugby Club
  • Cerberus RUFC
  • Cobram Rugby Union Club
  • Deniliquin RUFC
  • Echuca Moama Barbarians
  • Eltham Rugby Club
  • Endeavour Hills Rugby Club
  • Footscray Rugby Club
  • Geelong Rugby Club
  • Harlequin Rugby Club
  • Maroondah RUFC
  • Melbourne Rugby Union Football Club
  • Melbourne Uni Rugby Club
  • Melton Rugby Club
  • Monash University Rugby Club
  • Moorabbin Rugby Club
  • Northern Rugby Club
  • Power House Rugby Club
  • Puckapunyal Rugby Club
  • Shepparton Rugby Union Club
  • Southern Districts RUFC
  • Warrnambool Plovers Rugby Union Club
  • Wyndham City Rhinos RUC

Western Australia[edit]

Rugby Western Australia[edit]

RugbyWA Competition[edit]

WA Country RU[edit]

Eastern Goldfields WA Competition[edit]
  • Boulder RUFC
  • Bushwackers RUFC
  • Esperance RUFC
  • Kalgoorlie Stormers Rugby Club
  • Kambalda RUFC
Great Southern Rugby Union[edit]
  • Albany RC
  • Denmark Brothers RC
  • Dryandra-Narrogin RUFC
  • Katanning RC
Northern Division RU[edit]
  • Geraldton Internationals RC
  • Paraburdoo RC
South West WA Competition[edit]
  • Bridgetown RUFC
  • Bunbury City RUFC
  • Collie RC
  • Dunsborough RUFC
  • Leeuwin-Margaret River RUFC

Other teams[edit]

See also[edit]


External links[edit]